SPIRIT – Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams

The Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams promotes team-oriented cross-border research.

The SNSF offers a wide range of international funding schemes and works closely with foreign funding organisations to promote cross-border collaboration. The SPIRIT programme facilitates knowledge exchange between Swiss researchers and researchers in selected countries that are receiving development assistance. With SPIRIT, the SNSF is giving Swiss researchers more opportunities to collaborate with partners in many countries around the world.

Funding is awarded to research projects with clearly defined goals that are submitted by excellent research consortia from two to four countries. Researchers from all disciplines can apply for a SPIRIT grant; the topics are chosen by the researchers themselves. The grants contribute to the education of researchers in all participating countries. Special focus will be given to equal opportunities and the promotion of women scientists, as well as to raising awareness of gender-specific questions.

Applicants can request between 50,000 and 500,000 francs in project funds for two to four years. At least 30% of each approved grant must be allocated to Switzerland and at least 30% to the relevant partner country/countries.

The evaluation process comprises two phases: pre-proposals can be submitted all year round, full proposals only by invitation after approval of the pre-proposal. A highly competitive selection process is in place, with twelve projects being funded per year.


1 February 2019

Pre-proposals: all year round (as of 1 February 2019)

Full proposals: only upon invitation after approval of the pre-proposal



Further links

Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE)