Third thematically open call launched

Field visit Ghana 2016

The thematically open module invites high-quality research that contributes to the solution of global problems in least developed, low- and middle income countries. The topics in this module emerge bottom-up by the researchers.

​The third thematically open call of the r4d programme supports research on global issues in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Global issues are understood as issues that have common causes and require common solutions that go beyond national borders. These global issues should be examined with a particular focus on the nexus and trade-offs of the sustainable development goals. Accordingly, the research questions of the projects in the third thematically open call should investigate synergies and dilemmas that exist in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and produce transformative knowledge that will suggest development pathways to reduced poverty and increased sustainability. Research approaches that support evidence-based decision-making and evidence-based policy are particularly encouraged. Although the direct implementation of the achieved result is not expected within the duration of the research project, the projects have to demonstrate a potential for implementation.

The evaluation procedure is structured into two stages (pre-proposals, full proposals). The evaluation and selection process is fully competitive. Each funded project has a running time of maximally 4 years and a total budget of about CHF 600'000.

The total budget available for the 3rd Thematically Open Call is CHF 5.5 million, from which 8-10 projects can be funded.

mySNF opens for this call on 27 March 2017. Deadline for submitting pre-proposals via mySNF: 12 June 2017, 17:00.