Call open for Bridging Grants with India 2017. Send in your applications by 20 January 2018.

ISJRP Open Calls


The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has commissioned ZHAW as Leading House for the bilateral research collaboration with partner institutions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

This call allows funding of approximately 10 projects with partners in India, subject to the number of applications received as well as compliance with the criteria for evaluation and selection (see section Evaluation and Selection for details).

Goals and objectives

Bridging grants offer the possibility to continue joint research in order to prepare a grant application for a full joint research project e.g. through the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), EU funding or any other national or regional funding body.

Bridging grants may also enable the intensification of joint teaching or curriculum development.


Bridging grants can be awarded to Swiss researchers who have already successfully completed a project with a partner in India. Applicants need to be scientists with a Swiss federal or cantonal university, university of applied sciences or university of teachers’ education, or a public research institution.

The call is open for activities in all scientific disciplines and fields of research, including research projects with partners in India in social sciences and humanities.

Funding and budgeting

The amount for a bridging grant is between CHF 10,000 and 25,000. The grant will be disbursed in two instalments: 80% after signing the grant contract and 20% after approval of the final report and financial statement. A detailed budget is required when submitting the project proposal. Budgeted expenses (excluding travel, accommodation, consumables; these can be applied for through a mobility grant) must be justified and related to the proposed research activities.

A financial contribution of the Swiss main applicant is expected and must be made explicit in cash and in-kind.


The applicant must be employed at one of the above-mentioned Swiss institutions. Applications need to be submitted to the Leading House South Asia and Iran (


Launch of this call: 01 December 2017
Applications will be accepted until: 20 January 2018
Evaluation and funding decision: End of March 2018
Notification: Within 1 week after the funding decision
Latest project start date: June 2018
Project duration: Up to 6 months

Evaluation and Selection
The evaluation will be based on the following criteria (not listed in order of priority):
·       Scientific merit or impact of the anticipated outcomes
·       Potential for long-term collaboration and follow-up activities
·       Feasibility of the proposed activity
·       Expertise and complementarities of the partner institutes and the applicants
·       Contributions by all involved partners, including funding and in-kind contributions


The Swiss main applicant is responsible for administrating the funds and for reporting. He or she must submit a final scientific report as well as a financial statement no later than one month after the end of the project.

Latest deadline for reporting is December 2018.


Waseem Hussain, Manager Leading House South Asia and Iran
ZHAW School of Management and Law
Stadthausstrasse 14, CH-8401 Winterthur, Switzerland