Grant sum: max. 50 kCHF
Project duration: up to 12 months
Eligible partners: located in China, Japan, South Korea, ASEAN member states. Partners located in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are also eligible.
Goals and objectives
The 'Opportunity Grants' support bottom-up initiatives of researchers from Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher education, and public research institutes, linked to specific events or incidents in East and Southeast Asia.
These research-based initiatives aim at increasing the visibility of Swiss science, technology and innovation abroad.
Events or incidents eligible for 'Opportunity Grants' can be:
- Large public happenings such as the Olympic Games, international or national expositions/biennales.
- Major environmental events such as the implications of a typhoon, earthquake or tsunami.
- Major economic and political developments such as the possible geopolitical implications of a presidential visit or a shift of power in a government.
- Launch of a new public policy such as new impactful agriculture or migration policies.
- 15 February 2023: Call Launch (12pm)
- 15 May: Application Deadline
- Mid-May-June: Review Process
- July: Decision
- 1 August 2023: Earliest Start
The call is open to all scientific disciplines and fields of research, including social sciences and the humanities.
Note to applicants from UAS/UTE: UAS/UTE staff with research responsibility (group leaders, researchers with 5+ years of experience) and in equivalent functions are eligible to apply. If in doubt or in case you are not sure whether your position is eligible to act as a Principle Investigator (PI), please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
A single Switzerland-based scientist or a consortium of Switzerland-based scientists from different research institutions can act as the main applicant. In the latter case, one of the members of the consortium must act as the main applicant.
The partner applicant has to be a senior academic researcher affiliated with a university of a public institute of the partner country. Asian researchers interested in acting as co-applicants on the Asian side have to contact their Switzerland-based peers.
For further information on eligibility criteria and application process, see the LH Asia website.