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Call for Proposals: Indo-Swiss Joint Research Program by DBT, Govt. of India [Funding Upto Rs. 2Cr]: Submit by Sept 11


Proposals are now invited from Principal Investigators and Young Scientists for the Joint Research Projects under the Indo-Swiss Joint Research Program 2020.

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 program supports cutting-edge research that brings together faculty and young researchers from Switzerland and India. 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.


Eligible costs for funding are Capital expenditure (equipment), Manpower, Consumables, Travel (local and international travel), Contingency, Overheads, Outsourcing, others. (Academia can factor in additional subheads (in other categories) such as training & awareness; workshops; publications; review meetings, etc. under expenditure based on the requirement of the project).

Research Areas

Project proposals submitted under this call may include, but are not limited to, the following research areas:

  • Understanding of disease complexity, early diagnosis of disease and examine disease phenotypes that will lead to better patient classification
  • Understanding the influence of gender, age, ethnicity, or other relevant data for the development of precision medicine.
  • Investigation of shared common early pathways among disease models (eg. metabolism, immunology, and cell proliferation, etc.) to understand the mechanistic basis of disease manifestation and progression.
  • Usage of the prognostic, diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic value of existing clinical material and data or, where relevant, appropriate models.
  • Use and development of computational models that lead to a better understanding of the biological processes that play a fundamental role in complex diseases and identify key common underlying mechanisms.

Interested applicants may note that the call is also suitable for fundamental systems-level studies relating to epidemics or pandemics such as the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic including other infectious, non-infectious, and chronic diseases.


The participating entities/ organizations from India have to be a legal entity as per Indian law. The Indian entities eligible to participate include:

  1. Government of India supported or recognized (Public or Private) academia; research organizations and urban or other local bodies.
  2. Government of India recognized not-for-profit, NGO(s)/ VO(s)/ Trust(s)/ Research foundations, having a research as one of the imperative mandates are eligible for funding subject to fulfillment of DBT’s technical, administrative and financial.
  3. Public and/or private universities and research organizations are also invited to apply but they must have a well-established research support system, for basic or applied research.

The number of project partners should be optimum and correspond to the objectives of the project. Each project should clearly demonstrate the partner’s essentiality, complementarities, and added value in jointly addressing the topic.

Call for Proposals

Interested candidates can submit their proposals online by clicking here. The last date to submit your proposals is September 11, 2020.


Phone Number: 011-2436 3012

Email ID: manish.rana@nic.in

For further details, click here.



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