30 UK-Swiss partnerships Receive Funding for Bilateral Projects

The funding from UK Research and Innovation and the Swiss National Science Foundation will foster research partnerships between the two nations.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced details of 30 bilateral UK-Swiss projects that will receive funding from UKRI and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

The opportunity was launched in early 2022 to both develop new partnerships and strengthen existing collaborations. Partnerships would specifically be supported in the four thematic areas of: languages; materials; synthetic biology; and life and physical sciences interface.

Some of the 30 projects are already underway, and the remainder will commence in the coming months. In total, 21 projects are funded by UKRI and 9 projects are funded by SNSF. The funding will support: travel for researchers to the UK and Switzerland; access to facilities; workshops and networking; and the exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practice.

The projects include:

  • Investigating virus-like particle vaccines.
  • The language used to describe and discuss sustainability in Latin America.
  • Developing a new tool for eye imaging.
  • Finding sustainable alternatives for plastics.

The funding follows on from the Memorandum of Understanding signed by UKRI and SNSF in February 2022 to support increased bilateral cooperation between researchers in the UK and Switzerland. Both partners intend to further foster collaborations between researchers in the UK and Switzerland.

Full details of the funded projects are available at the UKRI website.

(This report was the subject of a ResearchConnect Newsflash.)