Swiss Network for International Studies: Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to support pluri-disciplinary projects in the social sciences and pluri-disciplinary projects that combine natural and social sciences.

Funding brief: The Call offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary teams working on international studies. The SNIS supports pluri-disciplinary projects in the social sciences and pluri-disciplinary projects that combine natural and social sciences. The SNIS does not support pluri-disciplinary projects that only consist of natural sciences. The SNIS does not fund individual grants, i.e., career grants.

There are two thematic branches of the Call:
The general Call: in any area of International Studies as defined above;
Theme 2020 defined by the SNIS International Geneva Committee: ‘What promising new forms of global governance and cooperation in response to the changed geopolitical order? Opportunities and challenges for non-state actors.’

There is no quota for the general Call or the annual theme, i.e., applicants have no statistical advantage when submitting to either branch.

Donor Name: Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS)
Funding name: No specific fund name

Pre-proposal: The pre-proposal deadline is 15th, January, 2020.
Full proposal: The full proposal deadline is 14th, May, 2020.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Projects must run for two years, and funding can range from 100’000 to 300’000 Swiss francs.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

Formal eligibility criteria
Formal eligibility criteria aim to guarantee the administrative solidity of SNIS funded projects and additionnaly ascertain that the projects contain co-funding.

The following formal eligibility criteria apply:
A Swiss university or other Swiss institution of tertiary education or research acts as the hosting institution of the project. The list of qualifying institutions is available at;
The coordinator and co-coordinator submitting a project must be a faculty member (professor, assistant professor, post-doc, researcher) employed by a qualifying institution (see above);
For the duration of the project, the coordinator needs to be employed by the hosting institution for work unrelated to the project with a contract of at least 40% full-time equivalent (FTE);
Each project needs to have a co-coordinator;
If the coordinator is a faculty member without a full-time contract at the hosting institution, the co-coordinator must be employed by the same hosting institution with a contract of at least a 40% FTE not related to the project;
The coordinator of a project shall not be working on another ongoing SNIS funded project at the time of submission. On-going means that the accounts of a project are not closed on the day of the first-round submission deadline;
Co-funding (in-kind and monetary contributions combined) must amount to at least 25% of requested funds and shall not exceed 100% of requested funds.

The SNIS Secretariat checks formal eligibility criteria. Projects that fail to meet the formal eligibility criteria are notified shortly after the deadline of the pre-proposals and will not enter the Call.

Substantial eligibility criteria
The two substantial eligibility criteria for the admission to the call are:
The project proposal meets the criterion of at least pluri-disciplinary research;
The project proposal meets the criterion of international studies.
To meet the criterion of international studies, project proposals must demonstrate that the issues investigated:
O Are pluri-disciplinary;
O Are relevant on the international agenda;
O Require international cooperation to produce policy-relevant outputs.

IMPORTANT: Projects in which there is simply an international collaboration between researchers from different countries are not qualified as ‘international studies’.

To meet the criterion of pluri-disciplinarity, project proposals need to demonstrate that:
The research question benefits from a pluri-disciplinary approach;
The research design is genuinely pluri-disciplinary;
The team is composed of experts from different academic backgrounds (it does not suffice that one person claims proficiency in many disciplines).

The SNIS Secretariat checks the substantial eligibility criteria and earmarks projects that might not fulfill the two eligibility critera. The president of the SNIS Scientific Committee reviews all the earmarked projects and decides which proposals can enter the Call and which are rejected.

Evaluation criteria are subdivided into three aspects:
Academic originality and rigor

The quality of the proposal is evaluated according to:
O The adequacy of the literature review;
O The precise identification of a research gap;
O The originality and clarity of the research questions / hypotheses;
O The adequacy and completeness of the proposed research methods;
O The adequacy and quality of the team members;
O The adequacy between the research venture and the time / envelope funding available;
O The clarity of the research plan.

The quality of the proposal is evaluated according to:
O Inter-academic collaboration:
o Involvement of different universities in Switzerland;
o Involvement of researchers from abroad;
o Involvement of PhD students and post-docs;
o Involvement of local partners / researchers (for case / field studies).

O Collaboration with IOs / NGOs:
o Integration of the research topic with IOs’ / NGOs’ agendas;
o Collaboration with personnel from IOs / NGOs (if applicable);
o Quality and appropriateness of all other trans-academic partnerships (collaboration with non-academic partners such as private entities or any institutions that do not fall under IOs / NGOs).

Projected outputs & dissemination
The quality of the project proposal is evaluated according to:
O The ambition of the projected academic outputs;
O The post-project data-sharing strategy;
O The adequacy and depth of the projected dissemination / impact strategy;
O The projected reach of the dissemination efforts.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
About: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

Phase 1: The pre-proposal
In the first round, research teams submit a pre-proposal that contains the description of the project as well as information on the submitting research team members. The SNIS Scientific Committee decides which applicants are invited to submit a full proposal. The success rate in the second round is approximately 40%. All participants in the first round can ask for a feedback for their applications.

Phase 2: The full proposal
In the second round, teams submit a full proposal. The SNIS Scientific Committee selects the winning projects and gives detailed feedback to those not retained.

O Pre-proposal content
To complete a pre-proposal, applicants need to fill in a form on the SNIS submission platform. The different form fields correspond to the eligibility and evaluation criteria cited above. Project coordinators must also provide a short biography (max. 500 characters), a list of relevant publications (maximum 10), and necessary administrative information.

Applicants also have to indicate ALL team members who will be involved in the project. All mentioned project members must have been personally contacted, and they must have given their consent for participating in the project.

O Full proposal content
In the full proposal phase, applicants need to upload six individual pdf documents to the submission platform. Project coordinators have to provide the following documents:
o Summary;
o Research plan;
o Team member information;
o The appropriate dissemination strategy for the expected research results;
o Partnership information;
o Budget;
o Institutional letter for Post-docs: Only if the project coordinator is a faculty member without a full-time contract.

All proposals must be submitted in English. Proposals that fail to meet this criterion will be automatically disqualified.

The deadlines of the first and second round are final, i.e., information provided after the deadline will not be considered.

Substantial changes of the project between the first and second round are prohibited.

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