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) (with the assistance of the University of Zurich as the Associated Leading House, ALH) for the SSSTC programme. The currently open instruments are:

  • Stepping Stone Symposia or other Workshops:
    This shall be an instrument to provide a platform where Swiss and Chinese researchers can explore one another’s willingness to collaborate, and/or have in-depth discussions of future collaborations. The instrument is open to all disciplines for symposia or workshops to take place in China or Switzerland.
    Currently open for applications (Symposia or workshop application form) (DOCX, 539 KB)
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