Closed research programmes
RRPP – Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans (2007–2017)
The RRPP was implemented over a period of ten years in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The programme promoted and enabled research-based cooperation among the new generation of social scientists and policymakers across the ethnically divided, post-conflict region. It focused on fostering and promoting social science research capacities relevant to social, economic and institutional reforms in each of the targeted countries. Its main objective was to boost research capacities at the individual, institutional and systemic levels, while promoting research rigor, regional and international visibility and networking, as well as bridging the gap between research and policymaking.
RRPP – final report
SCOPES – Scientific Cooperation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland (2013–2016)
The SCOPES programme was launched in 1990 by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and the SDC to promote scientific cooperation between research groups and institutes in Switzerland and Eastern Europe as well as the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS):
NCCR – National Centre of Competence in Research North-South (2001–2013)
The National Centre of Competence in Research North-South, better known as the NCCR North-South, was finalised successfully in 2013. Six Swiss research institutes and 140 partner organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America participated in this programme. Between 2001 and 2013, around 1,250 researchers worldwide worked on finding solutions for problems related to poverty, conflict, migration, health, waste water, natural resources, regional development and governance. They authored more than 2,300 publications, including more than 65 policy briefs. All publications are available free of charge on the NCCR's website:
NCCR Final Publication (PDF, Number of pages 20, 4.7 MB, English)
Scientific Cooperation Fund of EPFL (1998–2012)
In 1998, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) with the support of the SDC set up a scientific cooperation fund to promote EPFL research projects in partnership with an institution from an emerging or developing country. Fourteen projects were carried out. In total, the SDC invested CHF 5 million.
Scientific Cooperation Fund
RFPP–Research Fellow Partnership Programme (1996–2015)
The Research Fellow Partnership Programme for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources (RFPP) managed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) promoted the human resource base for research in the fields of agriculture, forestry and natural resource management in international development. In total the SDC invested CHF 12.5 million. Since 1996, 57 RFPP fellowships have been approved. The RFPP produced two types of outputs: research results and human capacities. The project sheets available on the website demonstrate the scope of research results:
RFPP Final Publication
KFH – Programme on Applied Research in development and Cooperation (2000–2012)
The programme of the Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences (KFH) supported universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education in carrying out research in cooperation with developing and transition countries.
KFH final report