Swiss Network for International Studies: Call for Project Grants 2016

Deadline: 13 January 2016

The Swiss Network for International Studies SNIS is offering project grants for pluri-disciplinary research teams that run for two years.

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) was founded in 2008 as the successor institution of the former Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN). While the former GIAN was mostly active in Geneva due to the mandatory research collaboration with International Organizations, the SNIS was set up by joint decision by the Canton of Geneva and the Swiss Confederation (State Secretariat of Research and Education) with the mandate to extend its activities and funding activities to academic institutions and researchers all over Switzerland.

Institutions of Swiss higher education and research can submit project proposals that qualify as:

  • International studies: Projects carry out research on global issues that are either relevant in the international arena or at least concern multiple countries simultaneously. The SNIS considers that International Studies deal not only with the analysis of international relations, but also with political, economic, social, environmental, legal, health, scientific and development issues.
  • Pluri-disciplinary studies: Projects are pluri-disciplinary and they can include disciplines from the social and natural sciences.

In addition to the above criteria, the SNIS strongly encourages collaborations with International Organizations and NGOs.

Focus Areas

  • Academic research in the interdisciplinary area of International Studies with an interest in phenomena that transcend traditional nation-state boundaries.
  • It supports different perspectives by valuing contributions from a diverse group of academic researchers.
  • SNIS Research Grants: through an annual tender and on a competitive basis, project proposals are evaluated and selected based on academic excellence, policy-relevance, financial viability and feasibility.
  • SNIS Awards: two distinguished prizes award young researchers for their outstanding scientific work.
  • SNIS conferences & workshops on issues related to international studies.
  • Development of synergies between academic disciplines, as well as collaboration between Swiss organisations of higher education and with international organisations/NGOs, with the aim of building a network.
  • International conferences organised by Swiss universities and academic organisations.

Grants Information: The project grants range from 100’000 to 300’000 Swiss Francs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • At least one Swiss university or other Swiss institution of tertiary education or research must be involved as the leading institution in the project.
  • The project coordinator must be a full-time professor or full-time post-doctoral academic staff member employed on a multiple-year contract or a post-doctoral scientist employed at least 40% by an eligible Swiss academic institution for the duration of the project.
  • Projects carry out research on global issues that are either relevant in the international arena or at least concern multiple countries simultaneously. Projects where a Swiss research team investigates a research question in a single foreign country without at least comparing these insights with data collected (on the same question) in Switzerland will not be funded.
  • Research questions and teams must be at least pluri-disciplinary and can include disciplines from the social and natural sciences The applicants must demonstrate the value added of the pluri-disciplinary approach and the team must be composed of experts from different academic backgrounds. It does not suffice that one person claims proficiency in many disciplines.
  • The project must demonstrate its originality and value added against the corpus of established literature.
  • The proposal needs to show that the team has the necessary skills and experience to answer the research question.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they have the infrastructure and equipment for carrying out the project.
  • Cooperation / joint research with international organisations and/or NGOs.
  • Policy relevance.
  • Involvement of two or more universities in Switzerland.
  • Involvement of researchers from abroad.
  • Interdisciplinary approach (which goes beyond the required pluri-/multi-disciplinarity).
  • Co-funding from other sources.
  • Involvement of PhD students and post-docs.
  • Involvement of local partners / researchers for case / field studies.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Swiss Network for International Studies

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