The SNIS offers project research grants in the order of 100’000 to 300’000 Swiss Francs for a two-year period. In order to be eligible for SNIS funding the submitted projects must qualify as:
- International studies: projects must be comparative, addressing cross-border issues, i.e. the research question must bear on at least two different nations, or be (internationally) comparative (i.e. how do transnational corporate social responsibility standards shape labor conditions in China and Taiwan)
- Pluri-disciplinary:projects teams must be composed of experts from different scientific backgrounds. The project must be elaborated jointly by all applicants
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. It welcomes contributions from both the social and natural sciences and combinations thereof.
Who is eligible? The SNIS only accepts project submissions emanating from Swiss institutions of higher education and research (see list of eligible institutions). International Organizations and NGOs can submit research propositions to the attention of the qualified submitters.
Thematically, submissions can be made in one of these two sections
- General call: In any area of International Studies as defined above
- Special theme 2012: Sustainable development in an era of financial crisis
IMPORTANT: there is no quota for the two themes