RIC
Regional Information Centre
for Scientific and Technological Cooperation with EU
 

Scientific & Technological Cooperation Programme Switzerland-Russia

The Federal Council approved the Message Education, Research and Innovation ERI 2008-2011 on January 24th, 2007. Bilateral science and technology cooperation programme with priority countries has received for this time period a total budget of CHF 43 million dedicated to R&D. Of this amount, CHF 6.850 million are dedicated to bilateral scientific and technological cooperation with Russia.
In February 2007, the State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) designated the University of Geneva as the Leading House (LH) and the EPFL as the Associated Leading House (ALH) for the implementation of the bilateral science and technology cooperation programme with Russia.
The State Secretariat, acting on behalf of the Federal Council, is currently conducting negotiations with the Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation to finalise a bilateral agreement on cooperation in the fields of science and technology. To date, several consultations have taken place between the Contracting Parties. The last draft defines the objectives and instruments of cooperation as well as priority cooperation fields. It foresees the creation of a Russian-Swiss Joint Working Group responsible for the implementation of the cooperation strategy at the governmental level. The bilateral Agreement is expected to be signed in the coming months.

http://www.unige.ch/collaborateurs/recherche/STCP-CH-RU.html

The following funding instruments are made available even before the signature of the bilateral agreement:

Faculty Exchange (FE)

FE: a call is currently open. Submission Deadline: September 30th 2009.

Students Exchange (SE)

SE: a call is currently open. Submission Deadline: September 30th 2009.  

Utilisation of Specific Infrastructure (USI)

USI: a call is currently open. Submission Deadline: September 30th 2009.  

Joint Research Projects (JRP)

JRP: No further call is planned until 2012.

 

Faculty Exchange (FE)

Closing date:  September 30th 2009

Description

The Faculty Exchange grants are intended to promote activities such as teaching. Teaching in the framework of doctoral schools will be given particular attention, as for example in the form of teaching modules. Other forms of scientific cooperation can be supported.
The grant may be used to cover travel expenses of Swiss scientists visiting an institute or laboratory in Russia and to cover the accommodation and living costs of Russian scientists visiting an institute or laboratory in Switzerland. See Grant information for more details.

Goals

- To encourage 'brain circulation' between Switzerland and Russia.
- To promote scientific interactions and common activities at an advanced scientific level.
- To provide means to strengthen exchange processes at professorial level.

Priority research areas

 All disciplines.

Project duration

From a few weeks to a few months. Exceptionally up to 9 months.

Eligibility

Applications will be accepted only from Swiss citizens or permanent residents of Switzerland based in a Swiss university or research institution.
Eligible Swiss Institutions: Universities of higher education, Swiss federal institutes of technology, Swiss universities of applied sciences, federal and cantonal research institutions and international research institutions located in Switzerland.

Submission

Applications must be made jointly by the Swiss applicant and his/her Russian counterpart.

Application forms can be downloaded from the website of the Programme: http://www.unige.ch/collaborateurs/recherche/STCP-CH-RU/FE.html The original of the completed joint application form, along with an electronic version, should be sent to the Swiss Programme Office at the University of Geneva:

Mrs Irina Niggli
Rectorat, Uni-Dufour
Université de Genève
1211 Genève 4
Switzerland
irina.niggli@unige.ch

The printed original copy must be signed by the Swiss applicant (written signature) and the Russian applicant (electronic signature).

Application deadline

Completed applications must be submitted no later than:
30th of September 2009.
Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted .

Grant information

The exchange principle should follow the rules that the sending institute pays for international travel costs and the receiving institute pays for accommodation and living costs of the visiting scientist. This principle can be adapted to individual situations. A detailed budget will be required. Projected expenses must be justified and related to the proposed activities.

Maximal allowable budget per project is CHF 15'000.

  • Allowable budget items for Swiss applicants going to Russia:

- Travel expenses connected with the visit to the hosting institute(s) in Russia.

  • Allowable budget items for Swiss applicants inviting faculty members from Russia:

- Living expenses of visiting faculty members from Russia.
- Costs for supplies required to do the proposed activities.

  • Grants may not be used for:

- Salaries and insurance
- Overhead costs

For more details, please see Financial guidelines

Evaluation and selection

In Switzerland, applications will be considered by LH/ ALH (if budget < CHF 10,000) or by the Swiss Steering Committee (if budget >= CHF 10,000) on the basis of recommendations made by Advisory Board members and/or a panel of experts proposed by these Advisory Board members.

For more detailed information, see the document Selection Process.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Scientific and technological merit
  • Specific qualification of applicants for the proposed activities
  • Expertise of the host institution
  • Feasibility of the proposal
  • Benefits of the proposed activities for strengthening short and long term institutional links between Switzerland and Russia.

Evaluation and selection process may take up to three months.

Applicants will be notified by the LH.

Reporting

Grant recipients will have to submit to the LH a short scientific and financial report within three months of the end of the grant period.

Scientific reports will be evaluated by the Advisory Board members and/or a panel of experts proposed by these Advisory Board members for projects with a budget > CHF 10'000 and by the LH for projects with a budget < CHF 10'000. Financial reports will be examined by the LH.

Students Exchange (SE)

Closing date:  September 30th 2009

Description

The Students Exchange grants are intended to support Master's, PhD and post doc students of Switzerland for short stays in Russia and to host Russian students for short stays in Switzerland.
Applicants are expected to submit either high quality research projects that demonstrate the opportunity to advance knowledge in a given research area either projects that provide the student a unique training opportunity.
The grant may be used to cover travel expenses of Swiss students visiting an institute or laboratory in Russia and to cover the accommodation and living costs of Russian students visiting an institution or laboratory in Switzerland. See Grant information for more details.

Goals

- To encourage 'brain circulation' between Switzerland and Russia.
- To enhance technical and personal development and future career prospects of students.
- To provide students with new learning experiences and networking opportunities in another country.

Priority research areas

 All disciplines.

Project duration

From a few weeks to a few months. Exceptionally up to 9 months.

Eligibility

Applications will be accepted only from Swiss citizens or permanent residents of Switzerland based in a Swiss university or research institution.
Eligible Swiss Institutions:  Universities of higher education, Swiss federal institutes of technology, Swiss universities of applied sciences, federal and cantonal research institutions and international research institutions located in Switzerland.

Submission

Applications must be made by the Faculty member who will be sending or hosting a student. It must be made jointly by the Swiss applicant and its Russian counterpart.

Application forms can be downloaded from this site: http://www.unige.ch/collaborateurs/recherche/STCP-CH-RU/SE.html The original of the completed joint application form, along with an electronic version, should be sent to the Swiss Programme Office at the University of Geneva:

Mrs Irina Niggli
Rectorat, Uni-Dufour
Université de Genève
1211 Genève 4
Switzerland
  irina.niggli@unige.ch 

The printed original copy must be signed by the responsible Faculty member (written signature), its Russian counterpart (electronic signature) and the student (written signature for Swiss students and electronic signature for Russian Students).

Application deadline

Completed applications must be submitted no later than:
30th of September 2009.
Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Grant information

The exchange principle should follow the rules that the sending institute pays for international travel costs and the receiving institute pays for accommodation and living costs of the visiting scientist. This principle can be adapted to individual situations. A detailed budget will be required. Projected expenses must be justified and related to the proposed activities.

Maximal allowable budget per project is CHF 15'000.

  • Allowable budget items for Swiss applicants going to Russia:

- Travel expenses connected with the visit to the hosting institute(s) in Russia.

  • Allowable budget items for Swiss applicants inviting students from Russia:

- Living expenses of visiting students from Russia.
- Costs for supplies required to do the proposed activities.

  • Grants may not be used for:

- Salaries and insurance
- Overhead costs

For more details, please see Financial guidelines

Evaluation and selection

In Switzerland, applications will be considered by LH/ ALH (if budget < CHF 10,000) or by the Swiss Steering Committee (if budget > CHF 10,000) on the basis of recommendations made by Advisory Board members and/or a panel of experts proposed by these Advisory Board members.

For more detailed information, see the document Selection Process.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Scientific, technological and educational merit
  • Specific qualification of applicants for the proposed activities
  • Expertise of the host institution
  • Feasibility of the proposal
  • Benefits of the proposed activities for the student's main research project.
  • Benefits of the proposed activities for strengthening short and long term institutional links between Switzerland and Russia.

Evaluation and selection process may take up to three months.

Applicants will be notified by the LH.

Reporting

Grant recipients will have to submit to the LH a short scientific and financial report within three months of the end of the grant period.

Scientific reports will be evaluated by the Advisory Board members and/or a panel of experts proposed by these Advisory Board members for projects with a budget > CHF 10'000 and by the LH for projects with a budget < CHF 10'000. Financial reports will be examined by the LH.

Utilisation of specific infrastructure (USI)

Closing date:   September 30th 2009 separation line

Description

The Utilisation of specific infrastructure grants are intended to support Swiss and Russian scientists (faculty and junior staff) wishing to spend a certain time period in a laboratory, department or at an institution of the counterpart country in order to utilise specialised equipment, facilities, resources, libraries and/or databases that are not available at their home institution. 

Goals

- To encourage 'brain circulation' between Switzerland and Russia.
- To make the most optimal utilisation of already existing research facilities, equipment and resources.
- To promote scientific interactions and exchange of know-how at international level.

Priority research areas

 All disciplines.

Project duration

From a few weeks to a few months. Exceptionally up to 9 months.

Eligibility

Applications will be accepted only from Swiss citizens or permanent residents of Switzerland based in a Swiss university or research institution.

Eligible Swiss Institutions:  Universities of higher education, Swiss federal institutes of technology, Swiss universities of applied sciences, federal and cantonal research institutions and international research institutions located in Switzerland.

Submission

Applications must be made jointly by the Swiss applicant and his/her Russian counterpart.

Application forms can be downloaded from this website: http://www.unige.ch/collaborateurs/recherche/STCP-CH-RU/USI.html The original of the completed joint application form, along with an electronic version, should be sent to the Swiss Programme Office at the University of Geneva: 

Mrs Irina Niggli
Rectorat, Uni-Dufour
Université de Genève
1211 Genève 4
Switzerland
  irina.niggli@unige.ch 

The printed original copy must be signed by the Swiss applicant (written signature) and the Russian applicant (electronic signature).

Application deadline

Completed applications must be submitted no later than:
30th of September 2009.
Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Grant information

The exchange principle should follow the rules that the sending institute pays for international travel costs and the receiving institute pays for accommodation and living costs of the visiting scientist. This principle can be adapted to individual situations. A detailed budget will be required. Projected expenses must be justified and related to the proposed activities.

Maximal allowable budget per project is CHF 15'000.

  • Allowable budget items for Swiss applicants going to Russia:

- Travel expenses connected with the visit to the hosting institute(s) in Russia.

  • Allowable budget items for Swiss applicants inviting scientists from Russia:

- Living expenses of visiting scientists from Russia.
- Costs for supplies required to do the proposed activities

  • Grants may not be used for:

- Salaries and insurance
- Overhead costs

For more details, please see  Financial guidelines

Evaluation and selection

In Switzerland, applications will be considered by LH/ ALH (if budget < CHF 10,000) or by the Swiss Steering Committee (if budget > CHF 10,000) on the basis of recommendations made by Advisory Board members and/or a panel of experts proposed by these Advisory Board members.

For more detailed information, see the document Selection Process.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Scientific and technological merit
  • Specific qualification of applicants for the proposed activities
  • Expertise of the host institution
  • Feasibility of the proposal
  • Benefits of the proposed activities for strengthening short and long term institutional links between Switzerland and Russia.

Evaluation and selection process may take up to three months.

Applicants will be notified by the LH.

Reporting

Grant recipients will have to submit to the LH a short scientific and financial report within three months of the end of the grant period.
Scientific reports will be evaluated by the Advisory Board members and/or a panel of experts proposed by these Advisory Board members for projects with a budget > CHF 10'000 and by the LH for projects with a budget < CHF 10'000. Financial reports will be examined by the LH.