SERI | 2022 Call for Innovation Partnership Grants with East and Southeast Asia


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Date 31.07.2022  
Category Call for proposal

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) mandated the ETH Zurich as Leading House for bilateral collaboration with partner institutions in East and Southeast Asia. An important element for this bilateral cooperation is fostering innovation and the application of research results to economy and society. In 2022, the Leading House Asia ETH Zurich opened a call for Innovation Partnership Grants with China, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN member states, incl. Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

‘Innovation partnership grants’ support the establishment of cooperation between Swiss researchers from universities, universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher education, or public research institutes with non-academic innovation agents in China, Japan, South Korea and member states of ASEAN, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

These agents can be corporates, SMEs or start-​ups, innovation parks or similar entities with a focus on applied sciences or technical development.

The goal of the innovation partnership grants is to initiate long-​term partnerships with mutually beneficial concrete outcomes (see page 1 of the call guidelines for examples).

The call is open to all scientific disciplines and fields of research.

The grants do not cover research projects, salaries of doctoral students or exchange of young researchers. For these activities, please refer to the bridging grants or mobility instruments of the same bilateral programme.

Who can apply:

  • Postdoctoral scientists, senior scientists and professors of Swiss federal and cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teachers’ education, as well as public research institutions, are eligible to apply. The Swiss scientist is the main applicant.
  • Innovation agent partners must be senior staff affiliated with a company, start-​up, innovation park or similar agency in one of the partner countries.
  • Universities from the partner country can participate as third parties.

Funding & Duration: max. CHF 20’000 for up to 12 months.
  • Eligible costs: salary cost contributions are only permitted for the preparation of a joint proposal to be submitted to a larger funding agency (i.e. National funding agencies or EU funding schemes); travel (max. CHF 2K per trip); accommodation; consumables; equipment; worshops.
  • A financial contribution of each partner is expected and must be made explicit in cash and in-kind.
  • Industry partners must cover their own cost.

Deadline: 31 July 2022
Notification: mid-September 2022
Project start: November 2022 or later

For more information and application, please have a look at the call website, call guidelines, research plan template, FAQ and online application form.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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