Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme (ISJRP) 2017 -20

The fourth Switzerland – India Joint Committee Meeting on 21 November 2017 set the course for future bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the field of research.

Switzerland and India signed a bilateral framework agreement on scientific and technological cooperation in 2003. Within the context of this agreement, there have already been 55 joint research projects and 90 exchange grants. Altogether, researchers and students from around 20 Swiss and 70 Indian higher education institutions have benefited from the bilateral agreement. The research areas covered included biosciences and materials sciences, nanotechnologies, health and medical sciences, urban development and sustainable energy.

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.  A joint committee oversees the programme management. Representatives from both countries gather in Joint Committee Meetings every two years.

For the period, 2017-20, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in India will participate in the ISJRP.

  • Indian Department for Biotechnology (DBT) and the SNSF would launch a joint call for projects at the beginning of 2018.
  • Based on the positive feedback, “Academia Industry Training Programme” will be continued by SERI & DST jointly in the coming years. Academia-Industry Training allows young scientists to validate their innovative concepts in direct contact with business representatives in Switzerland and India.
  • Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW has been designated as Leading House for research cooperation with India.
  • Call for Bridging Grants with India has been opened on 1st December 2017. Bridging grants can be awarded to Swiss researchers who have already successfully completed a project with a partner in India to continue joint research.


For more information, contact

Dr. Indraneel Ghose
Senior Advisor - Education, Research & Innovation, Embassy of Switzerland in India / indraneel.ghose@nulleda.admin.ch, +91 11 4995 9500 (800849)