Sino-Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation 2013–2016

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).

A call for Joint Research Projects (JRP; focus field: translational biomedicine and medical technology) proposals was launched in January 2014 by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
For details and future JRP calls please contact the SNSF

Aside from the JRPs, 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. These instruments are:

  • Exchange Grants (EG):
    Provide funding for personnel exchanges, which shall enable future research collaboration.
    Call currently open for applications.
    Submission deadline 30 March 2015
    (application form, DOCX, 546 KB) (DOCX, 546 KB)
  • 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.
    Currently open for applications
    (application form, DOCX, 538 KB) (DOCX, 539 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.
    Currently open for applications
    (application form, DOCX, 538 KB) (DOCX, 538 KB)
  • Follow-up Grants (FU): provide means to bring otherwise successful SSSTC projects to conclusion.
    Currently open for applications                                                      (application form DOCX, 533 KB) (DOCX, 533 KB)


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