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Thematically Open Research

The thematically open module funds high-quality research that contributes to the solution of global problems in least developed, low- and middle income countries. The topics in this module emerge bottom-up by the researchers.

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The topics of the r4d projects in the thematically open module are defined by the researchers and serve the overall aim of the r4d programme. Researchers employed at a Swiss research institution as well as researchers employed at a research institution in African, Asian and Latin American countries that belong to the category of least developed, low income or lower middle income countries (DAC list published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)) are eligible to receive funding. The participation of researchers from upper middle income countries is optional and must be justified with regard to the relevance of the country for the topic. The partnership projects have to be composed of, at least, one Swiss research group and one research group from a developing country (group 1).

In the thematically open module each project has a running time of maximally 4 years and a total budget of about CHF 600’000.

Schedule

The 1st thematically open call was launched on 6 June 2012.

The 2nd thematically open call was launched on 8 October 2014.

The 3rd thematically open call was launched on 17 February 2017 and mySNF for this call opens on 27 March 2017.
The deadline for the submission of pre-proposals is 12 June 2017, 17:00h.

Review Panel

Review Panel Members:

  • Marie-Louise Newell, University of South Hampton, United Kingdom (Panel President)
  • Urs Baltensperger, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland (National Research Council Delegate)
  • Renaud Bequet, Université de Bordeaux, France
  • Karen Coelho, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India
  • Roger Jefferey, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Elizabeth Jimenez Zamora, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia
  • Susan Parnell, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Upadrasta Ramamurty, Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • Pierre-André Cordey, Policy and Analysis, SDC, Switzerland (SDC Delegate)
  • Edith Taleisnik, Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Argentina

         

Research Network

 

The first 11 r4d projects in the thematically open module started in 2013. They represent transnational research partnerships between 12 countries and Switzerland, involving 51 grantees.

The second wave of 13 r4d projects in the thematically open module started in 2016. The represent transnational research partnerships between 14 countries and Switzerland.

Events

  • Kick-off meeting, Open Call 1, March 2014

 Completed projects

 

 

Treatment of the hospital wastewaters in Côte d'Ivoire and in Colombia by advanced oxidation processesTreatment of the hospital wastewaters in Côte d'Ivoire and in Colombia by advanced oxidation processeshttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/treatment-of-the-hospital-wastewaters

 Ongoing projects

 

 

4ONSE Monitoring System: Analysis of open (software, hardware and standard), non-conventional, sustainable and effective climate monitoring systems4ONSE Monitoring System: Analysis of open (software, hardware and standard), non-conventional, sustainable and effective climate monitoring systemshttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/climate-monitoring-system
Alaotra Resilience Landscape, Madagascar (AlaReLa)Alaotra Resilience Landscape, Madagascar (AlaReLa)http://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/alarela
Application of organic bio-fertilizer technology to improve the sustainability of date palm production and cultivationApplication of organic bio-fertilizer technology to improve the sustainability of date palm production and cultivationhttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/bio-fertilizer-technology
Data on climate and extreme weather for the Central Andes (DECADE) Data on climate and extreme weather for the Central Andes (DECADE) http://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/decade
Disability and Technology in Uganda from Local and Global PerspectivesDisability and Technology in Uganda from Local and Global Perspectiveshttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/disability-and-technology
Early detection of liver flukeEarly detection of liver flukehttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/early-detection-of-liver-fluke
Effective methodology for the assessment of integrated energy strategiesEffective methodology for the assessment of integrated energy strategieshttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/integrated-energy-strategies
Electronic algorithms based on host biomarkers Point of Care Tests to decide on admission and antibiotic prescription in Tanzanian febrile children (e-POCT)Electronic algorithms based on host biomarkers Point of Care Tests to decide on admission and antibiotic prescription in Tanzanian febrile children (e-POCT)http://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/e-poct
Environmentally sound technology for the manufacturing of affordable building materials based on coconut husk and natural bonding agents (COCOBOARDS)Environmentally sound technology for the manufacturing of affordable building materials based on coconut husk and natural bonding agents (COCOBOARDS)http://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/cocoboards
Establishing a soil monitoring network to assess the environmental exposure to PAHs and PCBs in the province of Mayabeque, Cuba (Soil-Q)Establishing a soil monitoring network to assess the environmental exposure to PAHs and PCBs in the province of Mayabeque, Cuba (Soil-Q)http://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/soil-q
Experimental assessment of innovative slash and burn cultivation practices for sustainable land-use and deforestation prevention in Central Menabe, Madagascar (AGRIFEU)Experimental assessment of innovative slash and burn cultivation practices for sustainable land-use and deforestation prevention in Central Menabe, Madagascar (AGRIFEU)http://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/agrifeu
Improvement of broad-spectrum disease resistance in rice: how a comprehensive study of natural rice diversity can help to reduce crop losses in developing countriesImprovement of broad-spectrum disease resistance in rice: how a comprehensive study of natural rice diversity can help to reduce crop losses in developing countrieshttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/natural-rice-diversity
Improving neonatal and infant outcomes using point-of-care tests for sexually transmitted infections in high prevalence settings (neoSTI project)Improving neonatal and infant outcomes using point-of-care tests for sexually transmitted infections in high prevalence settings (neoSTI project)http://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/neonatal-and-infant-health
Improving the HIV care cascade in Lesotho: Towards 90-90-90 – A research collaboration with the Ministry of HealthImproving the HIV care cascade in Lesotho: Towards 90-90-90 – A research collaboration with the Ministry of Healthhttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/hiv-care-cascade
Innovative adjuvanted influenza vaccines: a Swiss-Indonesian collaboration towards better pandemic influenza preparednessInnovative adjuvanted influenza vaccines: a Swiss-Indonesian collaboration towards better pandemic influenza preparednesshttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/pandemic-influenza-preparedness
Insect-based feed and fertilizer production via waste transformation for small-holders in GhanaInsect-based feed and fertilizer production via waste transformation for small-holders in Ghanahttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/fertilizer-production
Knowledge for peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergiesKnowledge for peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergieshttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/knowledge-for-peace
Knowledge support for sustainable renewable energy policies: The prospects of pro-poor biomass energy value chains in rural–urban contexts in East AfricaKnowledge support for sustainable renewable energy policies: The prospects of pro-poor biomass energy value chains in rural–urban contexts in East Africahttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/biomass-energy-value-chains
Measuring the development outcomes of resource extraction in producer countriesMeasuring the development outcomes of resource extraction in producer countrieshttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/transparency-in-resource-extraction
Modelling spatio-temporal dynamics of malaria and mortality to develop optimised interventions and surveillance tools in AfricaModelling spatio-temporal dynamics of malaria and mortality to develop optimised interventions and surveillance tools in Africahttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/modelling-spatio-temporal-dynamics-of-malaria
Social Mobile Media to educate, connect and empower Frontline Health Workers in Nigeria, Zambia and South AfricaSocial Mobile Media to educate, connect and empower Frontline Health Workers in Nigeria, Zambia and South Africahttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/mobile-media-for-education
Surveillance and response to zoonotic diseases in Maya communities of Guatemala: A case for One HealthSurveillance and response to zoonotic diseases in Maya communities of Guatemala: A case for One Healthhttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/one-health-in-guatemala
The Developmental State Strikes Back? The Rise of New Global Powers and African States’ Development StrategiesThe Developmental State Strikes Back? The Rise of New Global Powers and African States’ Development Strategieshttp://www.r4d.ch/modules/thematically-open-research/new-global-powers-in-africa

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Videos of ICRD 2017 keynote debates Videos of ICRD 2017 keynote debates http://www.r4d.ch/News/Pages/170912_ICRD_Keynotes.aspx9/12/2017 7:00:00 AM
Press Releases and Articles on ICRD 2017Press Releases and Articles on ICRD 2017http://www.r4d.ch/News/Pages/170908_ICRD_MediaReleases.aspx9/12/2017 7:00:00 AM
94 pre-proposals to be evaluated in the Thematically Open Call 3 94 pre-proposals to be evaluated in the Thematically Open Call 3 http://www.r4d.ch/News/Pages/170713_preproposals_OC3.aspx7/12/2017 10:00:00 PM
r4d forum oc (open call 1 and 2): Exchange and debate with 20 r4d project teams r4d forum oc (open call 1 and 2): Exchange and debate with 20 r4d project teams http://www.r4d.ch/News/Pages/170713_r4dforum_oc.aspx7/12/2017 10:00:00 PM

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Dr. Stephanie Hoppeler Swiss National Science Foundation InterCo Division Wildhainweg 3, P.O. Box CH-3001 Bern +41 31 308 2175 stephanie.hoppeler@snf.ch


  

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