Market of traditional grains in Kastamonu, Turkey (Photo: Alessandra Giuliani)

Current Calls

Overview of current calls in the area of agricultural research for development  relevant for researchers based in Switzerland.

Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams (SPIRIT)

The new SPIRIT programme launched by SNF facilitates knowledge exchange between Swiss researchers and researchers in selected countries that are receiving development assistance. Submission of pre-proposals: all year round


Deadline: 29.08.2019

Call: ERC Advanced Grant

The call supports ground-breaking, ambitious research projects of excellent established Principal Investigators with a recognised track record of research achievements. Deadline for submissions: 29 August 2019


Deadline: 31.08.2019

Call: Product submissions for the "Input list for organic farming 2020"

FiBL (Research Institute for Organic Agriculture) calls for the submission of trade products, that are fit for use in organic farming and organic food production, for the inclusion in the "Input list for organic agriculture 2020".


Deadline: 06.09.2019

Call for interest for Senior Consultants, Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE)

The IOE is seeking expressions of interest by senior consultants to contribute to evaluations planned for 2020 as team leaders or senior members for a period varying from one to six months according to the assignments' needs. Deadline: 06.09.2019.


Deadline: 09.09.2019

Call for interest for Junior Consultants, Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE)

Under the day to day supervision of responsible IOE staff (lead evaluation specialist, senior evaluation officer or evaluation officer), the junior consultants will contribute to the conduct of IOE evaluations, including project level evaluations and higher-level evaluations. Deadline: 09.09.2019.


Deadline: 13.09.2019

Future Crops Call for Papers

PLOS ONE and PLOS Biology are calling for submissions that contribute to progress towards the goal of resilient, climate-smart crops and cropping systems for the 21st century. Accepted submissions will be featured in a cross-journal Future Crops Collection in early 2020. Deadline for submission: 13 September 2019.


Deadline: 26.09.2019

Call: Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND

Organisations funding or managing doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship programmes can apply and receive up to 10 million EUR from the European Commission for co-funding new or exisiting programmes. Deadline for applications: 26 September 2019


Deadline: 30.09.2019

Call: Contributions for the 20th Organic World Congress

The next Organic World Congress in 2020 (OWC 2020) aims to provide organic and likeminded stakeholders working toward sustainable agriculture, value chains, and consumption with an opportunity to exchange their knowledge, innovations, and experiences. The call for papers is now open, and contributions can be submitted by 30 September 2019.


Deadline: 16.10.2019

Call: ERC Starting Grants

The grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators who are at the career stage of typically 2-7 years after their PhD. Submission deadline: 16 October 2019


Deadline: 05.11.2019

Call: ERC Synergy Grants

The grants enable teams of two to four Principal Investigators to pool complementary skills, knowledge, and resources in unprecedented ways in order to jointly address ambitious research problems. Submission deadline: 5 November 2019


Deadline: 31.12.2019

Call: Young Scientists Mobility Grants with MENA Countries

This call allows funding of approximately 26 mobility grants for researchers and students to build personal contacts and relationships. The following priority countries have been identified: Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. Deadline for application: 31 December 2019.


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