Research and innovation are decisive factors for sustainable global development both in poor and in rich countries. With their knowledge, skills, experience and worldwide network of partners, researchers can make an important contribution towards the solution of global problems.

The Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme) is being implemented jointly by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The joint programme supports relevant research for development aimed at solving global problems in poor countries. It consists of five thematic modules and a module for research without pre-defined topics. The five thematic modules are:

  • Causes of and solutions to social conflicts in contexts of weak public institutions
  • Employment in the context of sustainable development
  • Innovation in Agricultural and Food Systems for Food Security
  • Sustainable Management of Ecosystems for the Provision of Ecosystem Services
  • Provision systems and financing mechanisms in the public health sector

A total budget of CHF 97.6 million is available for the duration of the entire programme from 2012 to 2022. CHF 72 million are being contributed by the SDC and CHF 25.6 million by the SNSF.

Calls for five modules have been launched. To stay informed please subscribe to the programme newsletter.

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