Leading House MENA

Promoting scientific collaboration between Switzerland and the MENA region

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO) manages the Leading House for the Middle East and North Africa (LHMENA). After a first four-year mandate during which 35 mobility stays, research collaborations and innovation projects received our support, we are happy to announce our activities for 2021-2024.
For this new mandate, the focus will be put on research projects. A regular instrument, the "Research partnership grants", will be launched three years in a row. It will be followed by a more important instrument, the “Consolidation grants”, launched in the second half of the mandate. Each call will be announced on our website and by email. The schedule for the next four years will be as follows:
Maximum amount
Application deadline
Project duration
Research partnership grants
CHF 15,000
September 2021
December 2021
June 2022 - July 2023
Research partnership grants
CHF 15,000
May 2022
September 2022
February 2023 - March 2024
Research partnership grants
CHF 15,000
May 2023
September 2023
February 2024 - March 2025
Consolidation grants
CHF 40,000
May 2023
September 2023
February 2024 - September 2025
Eligible countries
Other important change, these instruments are now open to all countries of the MENA region, which are: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Occupied Palestinian territory, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen. Conditions and eligibility criteria will be specified in the regulation of each call.
The Leading House organises a kick-off event to present its new funding instruments and, more generally, to bring together the people in Switzerland who collaborate with the MENA region. It will also be the occasion to present some of the projects that were supported by the Leading House MENA during the 2017-2020 mandate. This kick-off event will take place on Monday 18th October, from 2pm to 6pm, in Fribourg and online. Detailed information and registration will be available soon on our website. Interested researchers can already save this date in their calendars.
Until then, we remain fully available to answer any questions that you may have. Please feel free to contact us by email or by phone at the number below. And remember that you can check research.swiss anytime to see the opportunities for bilateral collaboration offered by all the Leading Houses, SNFS, Innosuisse and more.
→  To Switzerland-based researchers active in the MENA region
→  To International Relation Offices of Swiss universities
→  To Swiss representations in the countries of the MENA region


Leading House MENA
HES⁠-⁠SO Rectorat
Route de Moutier 14
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