ISJRP 2020

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

Note: The ISJRP 2020 calls are now closed. Stay tuned for more updates.

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

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.


  • Funding

    JRP proposals contain two separate budgets: one budget in INR for the Indian applicant(s) (paid by 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.

  • Submission

    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.

  • Evaluation

    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.

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.

Call for proposals