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University of Basel

About the Program

Cooperation is based on mutual interest, scientific excellence and reciprocity (matching funds).

SSAJRP aims to strengthen existing research partnerships, aid the formation of new scientific networks and support knowledge transfer and innovation in Switzerland and South Africa. The programme's funding instruments have been implemented to support both established researchers and young early career scientists. Furthermore, its innovation focused entrepreneur programme brings together young entrepreneurs from Switzerland and South Africa with the aim of nurturing an innovative spirit and of creating business networks across continents.

On the Swiss side, SSAJRP is administrated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). The University of Basel, as the Swiss Leading House for South Africa, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, as the Associated Leading House, jointly assume coordination and management responsibilities.

Since SSAJRP was launched in 2008, 53 joint research projects, more than one hundred and thirty exchanges and nine projects involving industry partners have received funding. All of these projects have been approved for funding due to their potential for scientific excellence.


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