Strategic Japanese-Swiss Cooperative Programme

First Switzerland-Japan Joint Committee on Cooperation in Science and Technology
First Switzerland-Japan Joint Committee on Cooperation in Science and Technology

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) is funding the Japanese-Swiss Cooperation over the current four years' period (2013–2016). The collaboration builds on the previous activities based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed on March 7, 2008 between the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and ETH Zurich, which consisted of a first series of calls for Joint Research Projects (JRPs) in the fields of "Molecular Medical Research" and "Medicine for an Ageing Society". JRPs will be further supported in a call to be launched by the SNSF in 2015.

In the current phase the direct exchange especially among postdocs and PhD students is further enhanced through a young researchers exchange programme together with the Japan Society for the promotion of Science (JSPS) open to all disciplines (see below for call details). In addition, the series of annual joint workshops in strategic research topics is continued.

Next workshop:

Project funding

The Swiss National Science Foundation is coordinating and managing bilateral project funding in the form of joint research projects (JRP).

Call for Exchange Grants for Young Scientists

The Leading House ETH Zurich and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) have together established an instrument for funding the exchange of young scientists between Japan and Switzerland. Doctoral students (Master students and postdocs in exceptional cases) at Swiss institutions from all scientific fields - including social sciences and humanities - can apply for stays of 3-6 months in Japan. The programme will cover airfare, a living allowance in Japan as well as international travel allowance.

The second call of the programme is currently open. The deadline for the submission of applications is on 15 March 2015.

Announcement of results beginning of July 2015.

Call documents 2015 (PDF, 252 KB)

Application form for Swiss applicants 2015 (DOC, 930 KB)




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