Sino-Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation 2013–2016


ETH Zurich as the Leading House for the Sino Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation (SSSTC) program has reached an agreement with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to co-fund the Exchange Grant instrument. Chinese prospective visiting scholars should submit their applications to the CSC, and the Swiss partners should submit their applications to the SSSTC program office. For details, please see "Call for Proposals, Exchange Grants (EG)" below.

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 program, 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.

Call for Proposals 2013

Building on the previous success, the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI) and MOST are committed to continue the SSSTC for another 4 years (2013–2016, see article). 

A call for Joint Research Projects  (JRP; focus field: translational biomedicine and medical technology) proposals is planned for January 2014, which will be launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) .
For the details of the JRP, please contact the SNSF 

Aside from the JRP, a separate budget has been allocated for other funding instruments (more information (PDF, 476 KB)) (PDF, 476 KB)  managed by the ETH Zurich as Leading House (LH) (with the assistance of the University of Zurich as the Associated Leading House, ALH) for the SSSTC program. These 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. (application form) (DOCX, 538 KB) 
  • Exchange Grants (EG):
    provide funding for personnel exchanges, which shall enable future research collaborations. (application form) (DOCX, 544 KB) 
  • Research-innovation Communities (RiC):
    This instrument shall broadly connect Swiss researchers of a given research field (or with similar goals in engaging Chinese partners) to allow efficient use of one another’s resource in China. Synergy creation is an important goal of the instrument. (application form) (DOCX, 538 KB) 
  • Follow-up Grants: provide means to bring otherwise successful SSSTC projects to conclusion. (application form) (DOCX, 532 KB) 

Call open: December 20, 2013 - March 30, 2014

Past events

In 2013, Stepping Stone Conferences were held in China covering the topics of Cancer and Brain Disorders, Cancer and Neurosciences, Medical Chemistry and Medical Technology.

Stepping Stone Symposium CRBD, Shanghai 2013  
Stepping Stone Symposium CRBD, Shanghai 2013

Stepping Stone Symposia Promoted Interaction Among Swiss and Chinese Researchers

As an instrument under the Sino Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation (SSSTC), Stepping Stone Symposia aim to network the academic and industrial stakeholders, which would then lead to innovation cooperation. These symposia are planned in sets of (minimally) 2, one in Switzerland and one in China. Three Stepping Stone Symposia have been successfully co-organized this year in China with effort from both Swiss and Chinese partners. During the symposia, discussions concerning both scientific matters and future directions and visions of bilateral cooperation were engaged.

The symposia have also proven to be a good networking instrument to build cohesiveness and “swissness” among the Swiss participants.

Among the three symposia, a second symposium on Natural Products and Drug Discovery is tentatively scheduled to take place in June 2014. If you are interested in participating in this conference, Please contact Maio Chen at .


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