Basic principles for research

The overarching objective of Switzerland's international cooperation is to achieve global sustainable development in order to reduce poverty and global risks. Research financed by ODA must be guided by the long-term goals and priorities defined in Switzerland's international cooperation strategy.

Legal basis for research

The promotion of scientific research as a component of development cooperation is governed by the Federal Act on International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid and its accompanying ordinance. The Eastern Europe Cooperation Act serves as the legal basis for research in the context of cooperation with Eastern Europe.

Principles guiding research in international cooperation

  • Research is in line with the long-term strategic goals and priorities of international cooperation .
  • Researchers are free to choose research questions and methodology.
  • The principle of free competition applies to the allocation of funding except for contributions to strategic partners
  • Research that meets the criteria of scientific quality and development relevance is worthy of support.
  • The communication, dissemination and application of research findings are very important and are seen as an integral part of the research activities. Around 10% to 15% of the budget for a research project should be applied to communication and application. Research cooperation is guided by a spirit of partnership. The eleven principles developped by the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE) serve as reference framework.
    11 KFPE principles
  • The "open access" principle applies to the results of research supported with ODA. Therefore, third parties have a free and unlimited right to use all research results. The SDC's consent must be obtained before protective rights may be registered for a research result (by trademark, design, patent, etc.).