Bilateral agreement with Germany

Under the Lead Agency process, a joint application by researchers in Switzerland and Germany can be submitted to one of the two national research funding organisations. The submission process is governed by the provisions in force at the relevant organisation.

Lead Agency proposals must have a joint research question and a joint research plan. According to the Lead Agency agreement, the project parts carried out in the individual countries must be interdependent and complementary. The costs are calculated on the basis of the relevant national guidelines.

The Lead Agency process forms part of the SNSF's project funding scheme and is not a funding scheme in its own right. It does not have its own budget and is subject to the same provisions that govern project funding. Hence applicants may only submit a Lead Agency application if there are no thematic overlaps with applications being evaluated at the SNSF or with ongoing projects.

June 2017