Launch of thirty projects thanks to Switzerland-UK collaboration

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The joint memorandum of understanding between the SNSF and the British funder UKRI is starting to bear fruit: 30 researchers are receiving funding for a stay abroad of up to 12 months.

The collaboration between the SNSF and UKRI is aimed at developing new and existing partnerships, at present focusing on these areas of mutual importance: synthetic biology, languages, materials, and the life and physical sciences interface.

Following parallel calls by the two funding agencies in early 2022, 30 projects were approved. The projects foster scientific exchange and the movement of people and ideas between Switzerland and the UK. The funding will support travel, access to facilities, workshops as well as networking and the sharing of knowledge, ideas and best practice.

Among the selected projects, 9 are funded by the SNSF and 21 by UKRI. The topics range from virus-like particle vaccines and the language used to describe and discuss sustainability in Latin America to developing a new tool for eye imaging and sustainable solutions for plastics.

These funding opportunities follow on from a memorandum of understanding signed by the SNSF and UKRI in February 2022, which aims to support increased bilateral cooperation between researchers in the two countries. Beyond these first calls, both partners intend to further jointly foster collaboration.