The first 17 transnational research projects have started their work within the framework of the "Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development" (r4d programme). With a budget of CHF 97.6 million the r4d programme aims to foster sustainable global development.
Last year, funding decisions for three out of six research modules of the r4d programme were taken. Now, the first 17 transnational research partnerships have initiated their work, addressing a wide range of issues such as international trade impacts on employment, ethnic power relations and conflicts, manufacturing of affordable building materials or enhancing the situation of people with disabilities.
A rapidly growing research community
The first kick-off meetings in March and April brought together researchers from about 30 countries and offered opportunities for exchange among scientific peers as well as between scientists and representatives from development policy and practice.
Transnational research partnerships
The r4d programme is a joint long-term initiative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). With a contribution of CHF 72 million by the SDC and CHF 25.6 million by the SNSF, the r4d programme supports research projects carried out in transnational research partnerships between researchers from at least two countries.
Scientific excellence and developmental relevance
The programme aims to generate knowledge and research-based solutions for reducing poverty and global risks in poor countries within the normative and conceptual framework of sustainable development. It intends to establish methods and options for finding integrated, holistic approaches to solving problems and to preserving public goods in developing countries. The r4d programme stands out for giving equal value to scientific excellence and developmental relevance. In particular, it demands from the funded projects strategies for knowledge co-production and diffusion of research results to stimulate development and societal change.
New r4d calls
Two new calls will be launched this year. The thematic call on public health issues is scheduled for July 2014. The second open call is planned for October 2014.
More detailed information about the funded projects and the organisation of the r4d programme can be found at www.r4d.ch
Swiss National Science Foundation
Tel: +41 31 308 22 18
Dominique Simone Rychen
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Tel: +41 58 462 10 70
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