Funding opportunities

By developing knowledge and supporting decision-making, the research community in Switzerland can directly influence our path to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. But where can Swiss researchers potentially find funding for sustainability research? The following list aims to provide an overview of funding programmes that support research, innovation and academic training on sustainability-related themes:

Funding opportunities with a focus on research

Funding opportunities with a focus on application and implementation

Funding for knowledge transfer, knowledge exchange and science communication

Training and capacity building


International cooperation
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Other websites offering overviews of funding programmes:

KFPE - the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries provides a list of funding opportunities related to international cooperation.

td-net - the Network for Transdisciplinary Research publishes news, calls and scholarships.

The Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) has summarised funding programmes related to environmental research and innovation.


Schweiz – Europa

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the European Union’s 9th Framework Programme. It is the largest and most ambitious research programme worldwide, with 95 billion euros available from 2021-2027. Switzerland’s involvement in Horizon Europe as an associated state is likely, but has not yet been finalised. Further information on Swiss participation can be found on the website of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI.

In addition to investing in cutting-edge research and highly qualified workers, Horizon Europe will help in achieving the EU’s strategic priorities, such as implementing the Paris Climate Agreement and addressing other global challenges. The Horizon Europe programme is also guided by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For any information and advice concerning Horizon Europe, Swiss researchers can access the platform Euresearch.

As soon as specific calls for funding are published that are related to sustainability science, we will post them here.