The Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme is out with an open call aiming to support research and development projects that advance the implementation of Systems Medicine approaches
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ISJRP 2020

What is ISJRP?

The Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme (ISJRP) was initiated by the Indian and Swiss governments in 2005 in order to further develop the bilateral cooperation in scientific and technological areas of strategic relevance to both countries.  The current call for joint research projects (JRPs) is financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) in Switzerland and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in India on the principles of reciprocity, parity and activity matching funding.


Joint Research Projects (JRPs)

Grants for JRPs are aimed at promoting collaborative projects with clearly defined goals, involving at least one partner based in Switzerland and one based in India. The research is to be carried out at the research facilities involved. Reciprocal visits and short stays in Switzerland for researchers from India and vice versa are also included within the scope of a JRP.  The duration of the JRPs is 3 to 4 years. Proposals with a duration outside this range will not be accepted.

Launch Date: 2 June 2020
End date: 11 September 2020

Research Areas

The call aims to support research and development projects that advance the implementation of Systems Medicine approaches, in both clinical research and medical practice, by funding high-quality research projects that will look at health and disease from a systems-level perspective. Project proposals submitted under this call may include, but are not limited to, the following research areas:  


  • Understanding of disease complexity, early diagnosis of disease and examine disease phenotypes that will lead to better patient classification. 
  • Understanding the influence of gender, age, ethnicity or other relevant data for the development of precision medicine.  
  • Investigation of shared common early pathways among disease models (eg. metabolism, immunology and cell proliferation etc.) to understand the mechanistic basis of disease manifestation and progression.
  • Usage of the prognostic, diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic value of existing clinical material and data or, where relevant, appropriate models .
  • Use and development of computational models that lead to a better understanding of the biological processes that play a fundamental role in complex diseases and identify key common underlying mechanisms.


Expected outcomes: 

It is expected that the outcomes of the projects will improve our current knowledge of health and disease, leading to new directions for clinical research aimed at delivering better and more efficient and precise prevention, diagnostics and treatments of human diseases. Projects should also aim within their proposed duration to validate the translation of Systems Medicine into medical research and practice by focusing on high quality data sets and clinical relevance. 

Proposals outside of the thematic area defined above will not be accepted.

Eligibility Criteria

Each proposal for a JRP must have at least one main applicant based in Switzerland and one main applicant based in India; they are the principal investigators on the Swiss and Indian sides, respectively. They bear the main responsibility for the project, including its technical and administrative coordination as well as the timely delivery of scientific and financial reports. Further, applicants based in Switzerland and/or India can also participate in a JRP. 

For criteria of eligibility, please refer to and

Indian participants, please see Annex 2 of the above document for eligibility criteria.

For FAQs, please refer to this document.


JRP proposals contain two separate budgets: one budget in INR for the Indian applicant(s) (paid by the DBT according to its rules) and one budget in CHF for the Swiss part (paid by the SNSF according to its rules for a  maximum of 350,000 CHF for 4 year projects and 250,000 CHF for three year-projects). The funding per project is sufficient for each side to support employees’ salaries (PhD students, postdocs, other staff) as well as consumables, some minor equipment and the mobility costs related to the project.


Proposals are to be jointly prepared by the Swiss and Indian applicants. They must be submitted by the Swiss main applicant to the SNSF via its electronic submission system (mySNF, No hard copies will be accepted. 


Peer review: Proposals for JRPs will be reviewed according to standard international peer review procedures, jointly organised by the SNSF and the DBT.

The evaluation results will be communicated to the Swiss main applicants by the SNSF and to the Indian main applicants by the DBT.


For further information, please  contact:

Dr. Indraneel Ghose
Senior Advisor – Education, Research & Innovation, Embassy of Switzerland in India, +91 11 4995 9500 (800849)

Queries to SNSF? Please contact:

Timothy Ryan
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Queries to DBT? Please contact:

Dr. Manish Rana
Department of Biotechnology (DBT)


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