About ISJRP

ISJRP in a nutshell

The Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme (ISJRP) was initiated by the Indian and Swiss governments in 2005 to further step-up the bilateral cooperation in scientific and technological areas of strategic relevance to both countries. The programme supports cutting-edge research that brings together faculty and young researchers from Switzerland and India. The ISJRP is financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) in Switzerland and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in India on the principle of reciprocity, parity and activity matching funding. An Indo-Swiss Joint Committee on Science & Technology defines the strategic goals and orientations of the programme.

In 2014, the collaboration was extended to the social sciences. University of Lausanne is the leading house from Switzerland to support collaboration in the social sciences along with the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).

Support measures

A key element of the cooperation is the promotion of joint research projects (JRPs), which are centrally administered by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India.

The other support measures connected to the ISJRP are
Academia-Industry Training
Seed Money Grants
FLASH Projects and
Indo-Swiss symposiums

These will be managed by the Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Leading House for India and Brazil, with support from the University of Lausanne as Associate Leading House of the bilateral programme, and will cover a range of topics.

ISJRP Project Phases

3rd Phase: 2017-2020

Expected to be announced in early 2017.

2nd phase: 2013-2016

In order to make targeted use of the financial resources available, the two thematic areas were chosen for 2014 JRP call and 11 projects were awarded in 2015. The thematic areas are:

1) Translational biomedical research and medical technology

2) Renewable energy research
ISJRP 2015 call for Scholar Exchange Grants (SEG) in social sciences has awarded 6 joint research projects in 2016.

1st phase: 2008-2012

During the first phase, the ISJRP offered four different funding schemes for researchers from a variety of academic disciplines: Joint Research Projects (JRPs), Public Private Partnership Projects, Institutional Partnership Projects and Exchange Grants. In numerical terms, the ISJRP has financed 122 projects and grants in 2008-2012.

For more information, contact

Dr. Indraneel Ghose
Senior Thematic Advisor, Embassy of Switzerland in India / indraneel.ghose@nulleda.admin.ch