SPIRIT facilitates knowledge exchange between researchers in Switzerland and researchers in a range of low- and middle-income countries.
SPIRIT, the Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams, funds research projects 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. SPIRIT grants contribute to the education of researchers in all participating countries. Special focus is given to equal opportunities and the promotion of women scientists, as well as to raising awareness of gender-specific questions. Approximately twelve projects can be funded per year.