Second SOR4D call: 95 Pre-proposals submitted

The second call of the SOR4D programme was met with great interest. 95 pre-proposals from a variety of disciplines were submitted.

The Solution-oriented Research for Development (SOR4D) programme, a joint funding instrument between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), invites researchers and development actors from policy and practice to collaborate in transnational and transdisciplinary consortia and provide new insights and innovative approaches to reduce poverty and to implement the 2030 Agenda in developing countries.

The second call, which closed on February 13th, was met with great interest. Mixed international consortia consisting of researchers from Switzerland, researchers from partner countries and local development actors submitted 95 pre-proposals aiming at systemic solutions to contribute to the SDGs. A large variety of disciplines are covered: 43 pre-proposals stem from Social Sciences and Humanities, 26 pre-proposals from MINT disciplines and 26 pre-proposals from the Life Sciences.

The SOR4D programme uses a two-step selection process: the pre-proposals will be evaluated by the SOR4D review panel based with the addition of ad hoc members. The best-ranked proposals are then invited to submit a full proposal. The evaluation meetings will take place in mid-May, the outcome of the first round of the selection process will be communicated early June.