Swiss National Science Foundation: Inviting Applications to support research on global issues in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Donor Name: Swiss National Science Foundation
Funding name: Third thematically open call in the r4d programme

Funding brief: 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 emerge bottom-up by the researchers.

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 in the third thematically open call 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 r4d programme consists of six modules, one thematically open module and five thematic modules. In the thematically open module, researchers submit bottom-up projects free of thematic specifications. The five thematic modules address the following themes:
● Causes of and solutions to social conflicts in the context of weak public institutions or state fragility;
● Employment in the context of sustainable development;
● Sustainable management of ecosystems for the provision of ecosystem services;
● Innovation in agricultural and food systems for food security;
● Provision systems and financing mechanisms in the public health sector.

Deadline: 12 June 2017, at 17.00h

Funding details link:

Funding limit: The total budget available for the 3rd Thematically Open Call is CHF 5.5 million, from which 8-10 projects can be funded.  Each funded project has a running time of maximally 4 years and a total budget of about CHF 600’000.

Special Notes:Invited teams are eligible to apply for a preparatory grant of maximally 5,500 CHF to support the elaboration of each full proposal (e.g. for a joint workshop).

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration: Each funded project has a running time of maximally 4 years and a total budget of about CHF 600’000

Eligible organization:
● Switzerland :
   ● Universities
● ETH and institutions of the ETH Domain
● Universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher education
● Swiss federal research institutions
● Other research institutions that do not conduct research for commercial purposes.

● Developing Countries :
● Institutions of higher education, universities
● Public research institutions
● Other research institutions that do not conduct research for commercial purposes.

All researchers working at research institutions in Switzerland are eligible, except responsible grantees of an ongoing r4d project within a thematic module or in the thematically open research module.
● All researchers originating from a developing country and based at an institution in Africa, Asia and Latin America are eligible.
● The scientific personnel must be employed at an institution that does not conduct research for commercial purposes. Subcontracting to commercial service providers is permissible, provided they are not co-applicants.

Submission mail: N/A

Other important link:
Guideline: ● OECD-DAC list:

Sustainable Development Goals:
● Development Agenda:
● World Commission on Environment and Development’s report our Common Future. Oxford university press, 1987:

● OECD DAC Definitions; United Nations Development Programme, Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results:
● AusGuidelines: Using the Results Framework approach:

● United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). (1992). The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. New York: United Nations. Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland report,
● For other key documents:

How to apply:The pre-proposal must fulfill the following criteria for a successful submission:
● The research plan is submitted in English,
The research plan must not exceed six pages(excluding cover-page and bibliography), including points 1-6
● A minimum of point 10 font size and 1.5 line spacing must be used,
Annexed documents are not accepted,
The research plan must be submitted using this form through mySNF (deadline: 12 June 2017, at 17.00h.
Pre-proposals and full proposals must be submitted online via the mySNF portal. User registration can be obtained via the mySNF homepage:

The call documents and the relevant provisions, regulations and guidelines for the submission of proposals via the mySNF portal can be downloaded from the website of the r4d programme  and from the SNSF website . The evaluation procedure will be conducted in two stages (pre-proposals, full proposals). Both the pre-proposals and the full proposals must be submitted in English, as they will be evaluated by international experts.

If you do not already have a mySNF account, you need to register before submitting a proposal on . Registration for a login for electronic submission requires five working days.

● Data to be entered directly in the mySNF portal:
    ● Responsible applicant (Swiss applicant)
    ● Co-applicants (only from countries of group 1 and/or 2)
    ● Basic data and abstract
    ● National and international collaborators (academic and non-academic institutions involved in the project)
    ● Estimation of financial support required for salaries and running costs for the entire period of research (budget)

● Documents to be uploaded in PDF format on the mySNF portal:
● Research plan (max. 6 pages)
● State of research in the field/link to international and national policy debates
● Research hypotheses and objectives of the project
● Methodology
   ● Potential impact of the project and its relevance for development
● Process of setting up the project
● The research plan must follow the template to be found on the mySNF portal (see also Annex 1a). It must not be longer than six pages (excluding the cover page and the bibliography).
● CV and list of the ten most relevant publications in the project’s field of study of the responsible applicant and the co-applicants (maximum two pages per person).
● Written confirmation by the co-applicants from developing countries that they will participate in the project (no legally binding commitment at the pre-proposal stage).


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