Sino-Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation 2013–2016

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SSSTC project group meeting in Shanghai
SSSTC project group meeting in Shanghai

The Sino-Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation (SSSTC) program was established in 2003 after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the then Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). This MoU has since, through the SSSTC programme, served as a foundation for intensified research collaboration between Swiss and Chinese scientists. During the first active phase of the SSSTC (2008- 2012), nearly 200 collaborative projects have been awarded and some of them are still ongoing.

Calls for Proposals

Building on the previous success, the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI) and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China (MOST) are committed to continue the SSSTC for another 4 years
(2013–2016, see article).   Calls for Joint Research Projects are currently operated by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). For details please contact the SNSF

A separate budget has been allocated for other funding instruments managed by ETH Zurich as Leading House (LH). The currently open instrument is:

Exchange Grants

Exchange grants enable mid-term research stays of 6-24 months for young researchers (PhD and postdoc). Grants cover the living allowance for Chinese researchers in Switzerland or travel for Swiss researchers going to China. The instrument is open to all disciplines and is co-funded by the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

Currently open for applications (Exchange grant application form (DOCX, 546 KB)). Deadline for proposal submission 26 February 2017

More information on the co-application proceedure with the CSC can be found on the CSC webpage:  (Chinese only)



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