Leading House MENA

The Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) commissioned the HES⁠-⁠SO as the Leading House (LH) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Its overall goal is to develop scientific collaborations between Switzerland and countries of the MENA region.

Joint call for projects


 Applications are open until 9 December 2022

Information and application


The Leading House MENA has set three strategic goals:

  • Further development of the research cooperation between Switzerland and countries with a high development potential in the above mentioned region with funding instruments designed according to the interests of the Swiss research community
  • Increase of knowledge on countries with a high development potential among the Swiss research community through the availability of contacts and know how
  • Representation of the interests of the Swiss research community towards potential partners in the region.

First mandate (2017-2020)

During the first four-year mandate, the Leading House MENA funded 35 projects with instruments supporting mobility, research and innovation. More information on the funded projects can be found on the pages below.

Programme 2021-2024

The 2021-2024 mandate of the Leading House MENA was launched during the Kikc-off Event 2021-2024 on 18th October 2021. You can find the presentations and videos of this event on the following page.

For the 2021-2024 period, the focus will be put on research projects, with the launch of a regular instrument, the "Research partnership grants", which will be launched three years in a row. It will be followed by a more important instrument, the "Consolidation grants", launched in the second half of the mandate.

The schedule for the next four years will be as follows:

InstrumentMaximum amoutLaunchApplication deadlineProject duration
Research partnership grantsCHF 15,000October 2021December 2021June 2022 - July 2023
Research partnership grantsCHF 15,000May 2022September 2022February 2023 - March 2024
Joint call for projects Morocco-SwtizerlandCHF 10,000 + MAD 100,000September 2022December 2022Septembre 2023 - September 2025
Research partnership grantsCHF 15,000May 2023September 2023February 2024 - March 2025
Consolidation grantsCHF 40,000May 2023Septembrer 2023February 2024 - September 2025


Each call will be announced on this website and by email. You can register to our mailing list by writing to lhmena(at)hes-so.ch.

Other change of the Leading House, these instruments (specific calls excepted), are now open to all countries of the MENA region, which are: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Occupied Palestinian territory, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Conditions and eligibility criteria will be specified in the regulation of each call.

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