Updated Jun 16, 2020

Special COVID-​19 Call for Projects Grants with Asia

The Leading House Asia, ETH Zurich has decided to launch a special COVID-​​19 call for project grants in order to support the collective effort to better understand the virus as well as its numerous implications, and prepare for society’s future.

The current Special COVID-​​19 Call for Project Grants awards project funding for research questions related to the COVID-​​19 pandemic. The current call comprises all scientific fields and is not limited to epidemiological or medical studies. However, the research projects have to be collaborative projects between researchers based in Switzerland and Asia.

The current special COVID-​​19 call is aimed at both new and existing collaborations between Switzerland-​​based researchers and scientists from universities or research institutes in China (incl. Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN Region (incl. Singapore). The goal of the grant call is to allow Switzerland-​​based researchers and their partners in Asia to collaborate on a research project on the COVID-​​19 virus itself, or on any of its implications. The wide scope is meant to comprise as many research fields as possible, and to foster an impactful project as well as a long-​​term partnership.

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Aug 30, 2020Deadline
Up to $26,329Amount
12 months Duration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
CountryChina, Cambodia, Brunei, Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Korea, South, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Myanmar
Focus AreasInfectious & Vector Diseases (Health)
Data Collection/Needs Assessments (Humanitarian Assistance)

The call is open to all scientific disciplines and fields of research. The Leading House Asia strongly encourages research project proposals in social sciences and humanities.

All senior scientists of Swiss federal and cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education, as well as public research institutions, are eligible to apply. Research partners must be scientists affiliated with a university or a public research institute from one of the partner countries. For further details, please read the call guidelines available below.

Other Requirements

Financial Statements

The grant will be disbursed in two instalments: 80% after signing the grant contract and 20% after approval of the final report. A detailed budget must be provided in the project proposal.

Reporting Requirements

The Swiss main applicant is responsible for managing the funds and reporting. He or she must submit a final scientific and financial report one month after the termination of the project.


Application Directions

The main applicant must be employed at one of the above-mentioned Swiss institutions. Applications shall be submitted in electronic format as one single pdf document to Elise Nardin, ETH Zurich (elise.nardin@sl.ethz.ch) with copy to Lucia Arpagaus, ETH Zurich (lucia.arpagaus@sl.ethz.ch).


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