r4d programme: third thematically open call

The thematically open module invites high-quality research that contributes to the solution of global problems in least-developed, low- and middle-income countries. The topics in this module will be defined bottom-up, i.e. by the researchers themselves.

The third thematically open call of the r4d programme supports research on global issues in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Global issues are understood as issues that have common causes and require common solutions that go beyond national borders. These global issues should be examined with a particular focus on the nexus and trade-offs of the sustainable development goals. Accordingly, the research questions of the projects should investigate synergies and dilemmas that exist in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and produce transformative knowledge that will suggest development pathways to reduced poverty and increased sustainability. Research approaches that support evidence-based decision-making and evidence-based policy are particularly encouraged. Although the direct implementation of the achieved result is not expected within the duration of the research project, the projects have to demonstrate a potential for implementation.

The projects will be evaluated in two stages (pre-proposals, full proposals). The evaluation and selection process is fully competitive. Each funded project has a maximum duration of 4 years and a budget of up to CHF 600,000. A total budget of CHF 5.5 million is available for the third thematically open call.

Deadline for submitting pre-proposals via mySNF: 12 June 2017, 17:00 CET