SNSF/NRF funding: Joint research proposals with South African partners
As of 2021, a Lead Agency agreement between the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa allows researchers in both countries to submit joint research proposals. The first submission deadline is 1 April.
In 2020, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) signed a Lead Agency agreement that allows researchers in both countries to submit joint funding applications. During a two-year pilot phase, the two funders will take turns: The SNSF will evaluate all submissions in 2021, the NRF in 2022. The first submission deadline is 1 April 2021.
Lead Agency applications must have a joint research question and research plan. In addition, the parts of the project conducted in each country are not independent projects and cannot be carried out separately. SNSF rules apply to the subprojects in Switzerland. The participation requirements of the partner organization apply to the subproject abroad.
For Swiss researchers, the Lead Agency process is part of the SNSF's project funding scheme. Hence researchers may only submit a Lead Agency application if there are no thematic overlaps with applications being evaluated at the SNSF or with ongoing projects.