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Seed Money Grants 2020 (Centro Latinoamericano-Suizo de la U. de St. Gallen)

Deadline: 3 June 2020

Centro Latinoamericano-Suizo de la U. de St. Gallen

The University of St. Gallen, acting as Leading House for the Latin American Region, offers calls to support research cooperation between scientists and institutions from Switzerland and Latin America.

The goal of the Seed Money Grants is to strengthen or initiate scientific exchange between researchers from Swiss and Latin American institutions in all disciplines by enabling them to jointly undertake preliminary research and organize meetings, conferences, or workshops.

For the period 2017-2020, the Leading House will support new cooperation endeavors with all potential partners in the region. Therefore, the Leading House opens the call, inviting scholars from Switzerland to propose mono- or interdisciplinary research projects in any Latin American country, involving bilateral or multilateral partnerships. For projects up to CHF 25,000.

The call is open to all disciplines and fields. However, this year’s call is restricted to certain SDGs (namely SDG 3, 6, 11, and 13: good health and wellbeing, clean water and sanitation, sustainable cities and communities, and climate action) and Innovation. Additionally, proposals have to guarantee a direct transfer to society.

A Swiss PI holding a PhD and a permanent position (minimum 40%) in an eligible Swiss Research Institution (federal and cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teachers’ education, as well as public research institutions) must act as the main applicant and is qualified to submit the proposal. For the duration of the project, this call mandates that the Swiss PI is employed by a Swiss institution with a contract unrelated to the proposal.

The Principal Investigator in Latin America (Latin American PI) must be affiliated to an accredited university or a public research institute and must hold a faculty or scientist position or a doctoral degree besides bringing along several years of research experience. Concomitantly, the Latin American PI must also be employed as a faculty member by a local institution (minimum 40%) with a contract unrelated to the proposal.

The Principal Investigators (PIs) of a project shall not be working on another on-going Leading House funded project at the time of submission. Priority is given to researchers/projects without previous funding, e.g. SNF or Leading House Grants.

Financial co-funding and in-kind contributions from both the Swiss and Latin American partners are expected; mutual commitment is an essential indicator for the sustainability of the project. Third-party sources (if applicable) should also be mentioned.

The grant received from the Leading House must be spent in both Switzerland and one or several Latin American countries. Expenses outside of Latin America and Switzerland can only be covered in exceptional cases and upon previous consultation with the Leading House. A major percentage of the grant received from the Leading House is to be spent for the Swiss partner(s).

Applications can include master and PhD students. Promotion of female researchers is mandatory.

Deadline for applications: 3 June 2020

(Euraxess Latin America and the Caribbean)

[Boletín SIUN 487, 21 de mayo de 2020]

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