With the Sustainability Research Initiative, SCNAT, together with its sister institutions, promotes research on sustainable development and 2030 Agenda. It focuses on the joint handling of social issues of higher priority in overarching consortia.more

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Funding opportunities with a focus on application and implementation

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Solution-oriented research for development (SOR4D)

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Swiss National Science Foundation have launched a new joint research programme called Solution-oriented research for development (SOR4D). The SOR4D programme has a budget of around 19 million francs and will run from 2022 to 2026. The second call for projects was launched in November 2022. SOR4D website

Innosuisse Flagship Initiative
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Innosuisse - Flagship Initiative

The Flagship Initiative aims to foster systemic innovation and transdisciplinary collaboration that help to master major challenges for economy and society. The consortium must consist of at least three research partners and two implementation partners. Total costs per flagship can exceed CHF 4 million with a duration of at least 36 months. Read more

SWEET Förderprogramm BFE
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SWEET – SWiss Energy research for the Energy Transition

SWEET is a funding programme of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE). SWEET’s purpose is to accelerate innovations that are key to implementing Switzerland’s Energy Strategy 2050 and achieving the country’s climate goals. Funding is available to trans- and interdisciplinary research and innovation projects, with the involvement of stakeholders from outside the research community. Read more

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Environmental technology promotion

The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN supports the development of technologies, installations, processes and products (goods and services) that reduce environmental pollution and enable the sustainable use of natural resources. Projects may be funded in the areas of waste and recycling, biodiversity (nature and landscape protection, forest conservation), soil and contaminated sites, climate, noise abatement, air pollution control, disaster prevention (protection from natural disasters and safety), resource efficiency and water. Proposals may be submitted by research institutions or businesses, whereby mixed teams from research and the private sector are encouraged. Around 4 million CHF is available every year and distributed amongst numerous projects. Read more

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ETH4D Research Challenges

ETH for Development (ETH4D) aims to develop innovations that address global challenges and educate future leaders in sustainable development. The ETH4D research challenges grants support to research collaborations between ETH researchers and non-​​academic partners (i.e. private sector, NGOs, governmental organisations) and partners from the Global South to identify effective solutions to poverty reduction combining technologies, policies and a profound understanding of human behaviour. Open calls are regularly published on the ETH4D website.


Something missing?

Do you know of any funding opportunities open to Swiss researchers that are not yet presented in this compilation and that provide support for sustainability science?