Joint Seed Funding Platform

Welcome to the University of Geneva Joint Seed Funding platform

As part of its internationalization strategy, starting in 2013 the University of Geneva has established a handful of strategic partnership with a selection of universities equally active in research and international scientific collaborations. There are eight bilateral partnerships and two networks of strategic cooperation. These alliances are the fruits of long-standing academic partnerships, including student and staff exchanges as well as less formalized collaborative activities (joint colloquia, publications and research).

Generally, each strategic partnership is supported by a joint funding scheme for inciting new collaborative initiatives and reinforcing existing ones in research and teaching.

This platform provides online application and evaluation tools for Joint Seed Funding schemes set up by the University of Geneva International Relations and Partnerships Office with its strategic partner universities.

Below you will find more information regarding each partnership, the calls for proposals and the funded projects (categorized by the year of launch and searchable by keywords and tags).

General Procedure

For University of Geneva participants: application procedure and general rules regarding grant usage.

Featured Projects

Activity reports of a selection of projects financed throughout the years by the joint seed funding schemes.

Facts and Figures

Some statistics around the University of Geneva strategic partnerships, joint grants, funded projects and participants.
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University of Zurich
The University of Zurich and the University of Geneva signed a strategic partnership agreement first in December 2017. This new partnership joins the two largest universities in the German- and French-speaking parts of Switzerland that already maintain close relationships in research, student exchange and the executive boards. The strategic partnerships aims to formalize and deepen these ties with a number of jointly funded programs, including Seed Funding grants for research, student and staff mobility, joint summer schools and public events.
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Alliance Campus Rhodanien
Le réseau Alliance Campus Rhodanien a été créé en 2017 pour consolider les synergies scientifiques entre l’Université de Genève, Université Grenoble Alpes, la Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale, l’Université de Lausanne, l’Université de Lyon et l'Université Savoie Mont Blanc en raison de leur proximité géographique et linguistique, en encourageant des collaborations spécifiques liées aux complémentarités et au partage des compétences et d’infrastructures des institutions. Il a pour objectif d’intensifier et de promouvoir la recherche scientifique dans cet espace d’innovation au rayonnement international et de créer un effet de levier pour consolider et amplifier la participation des institutions aux programmes de financements européens.
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University of Exeter
On 15 October 2019, the University of Geneva and the University of Exeter signed an MoU agreeing to provide Joint Seed Funding Grants to projects in an aim to increase research and teaching collaboration between the two universities. This new partnership joins two universities that are highly active in research on a national and international level. Both the United Kingdom and Switzerland are among the top receivers of European Horizon 2020 research grants. The future relationship of both countries with the European Union being uncertain, the deepening of this strategic relationship becomes even more significant for the years to come.
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University of Sydney
The University of Geneva and the University of Sydney established their strategic partnership in 2014 for further reinforcing academic links through collaborations in teaching, research and other joint initiatives. A main tool of this partnership are the Partnership Collaboration Awards (PCA). This scheme provides seed funding for joint initiatives between faculty members in both institutions from 2013 onwards, through a competitive call for projects on an annual basis.
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Princeton University
In the framework of their internationalization, the University of Geneva and Princeton University have established a a strategic partnership in 2013 aimed at reinforcing academic cooperation through joint initiatives in teaching and research. A central tool of this partnership is the UNIGE-Princeton Collaborative Research Grant through which 18 projects have been funded.
No ongoing calls at the moment
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Yonsei University
The strategic partnership between the University of Geneva and Yonsei University was signed in 2013 for reinforcing academic links, including teaching, research and other joint initiatives. The two institutions have been collaborating and exchanging students regularly since 2007. The main tool of the strategic partnership is the UNIGE-Yonsei Joint Seed Funding Scheme aimed at promoting joint initiatives and collaborative activities. The call for projects runs annually on a competitive basis. Some 11 projects have been funded so far.
No ongoing calls at the moment
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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The University of Geneva and Hebrew University of Jerusalem established a strategic partnership in aimed at reinforcing links in all academic areas, including teaching, research and other joint initiatives. A central tool of this partnership is the UNIGE-HUJI Joint Seed Funding Scheme for supporting joint initiatives between faculty members in both institutions.
No ongoing calls at the moment
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Renmin University of China
In their efforts to encourage new international collaborations and reinforce existing ones in research and teaching, the University of Geneva and Renmin University of China have established a Joint Seed Funding scheme in 2015 for members of the two institutions. Three calls for projects have been launched since then and 6 projects have been funded, each spanning up to 3 years or more.
No ongoing calls at the moment
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Keio University
In the framework of their internationalization strategy, the University of Geneva and Keio University have established a Joint Seed Funding scheme in 2016 aimed at reinforcing academic links. The two universities have been partners from 2008 and regularly exchange students both bilaterally and through the 3-Campus East Asia Programme launched by Keio Univeristy, Yonsei University and the University of Hong Kong.
No ongoing calls at the moment