University of Geneva - Leading House for Russia and CIS Region


In the framework of the bilateral collaboration strategy of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the University of Geneva (UNIGE) has played the role of “Leading House” for collaboration between Switzerland and Russia since 2008. Starting from 2017, our mandate has been enlarged to also cover Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan (roughly referred to hereinafter as “CIS Region”).

Four calls for projects were launched between 2018 and 2020. The first was aimed at connecting Swiss and Russian researchers (Program Starter Grants and Innovation Seed Grants), while the second had a larger scope including the countries within the mandate (Seed Funding Grants). The last two calls were launched in 2020: Research Preparation Grants with Russia, and a second Seed Funding Grants for cooperation with the CIS Region.

Call Russia 2018:
Two project were funded within the Innovation Seed Grant scheme, involving two Swiss and two Russian institutions. Within the Program Starter Grant scheme, 13 projects were selected for funding, all of which have been carried out with success and many tangible results, including publications, the creation of academic networks and organising conferences and summer schools. The full list and descriptions of the selected projects are available here.

Call CIS Region 2018:
A total of 21 projects were selected for funding within the Seed Funding Grant connecting researchers in 13 Swiss institutions and 16 scientific entities in partner countries. The projects are in a great variety of academic disciplines, ranging from psychology to international security, to social sciences, linguistics, robotics and palaeontology. The full list and descriptions of the selected projects are available here.

Call Russia 2020:
A total of 25 projects were selected for funding out of the 56 proposals received, bringing together a large number of researchers from 23 Russian and 12 Swiss institutions. The full list of the funded projects is available here.

Call CIS Region 2020:
A total of 27 proposals were received. The evaluations are ongoing. The final list of selected projects will be published online in autum 2020.