ETH4D Research Challenges: Special call to respond to COVID-​19 outbreak on the African continent

Goal of the ETH4D Research Challenges

The goal of the ETH4D Research Challenges is to enable collaborations on project-​based research between ETH researchers, non-​academic partners (i.e. Private Sector, NGOs, Governmental Organizations) and partners from the Global South to develop effective solutions for poverty reduction combining technologies, policies and a profound understanding of human behaviour.

Definition of ETH4D Research Challenges

Proposals need to address a clearly defined research question that has the objective of creating a positive impact for communities in a low-​ or lower middle-​ income country. The challenges addressed must be relevant for poor people in low-​ and middle-​income countries. Preference will be given to low-​income countries

The research questions for this special call must help to address the prevention of a spread of an infectious disease in African countries or help to mitigate the negative impact of a pandemic/epidemic on people’s health or livelihoods living on the African continent. A focus on the current Coronavirus – COVID-​19 crisis is encouraged, but not required.

Application Deadline:

17 May 2020.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted in one single pdf file to

Grant sum: 10 – 50 kCHF

Matching Funds: The applicant and/or project partners must provide 50% of the requested grant sum in the form of cash contributions.

Project duration: 6 – 18 months

Eligible partner countries: Low- and middle-​income countries (OECD/DAC-​LIST 2018-​2020). Preference will be given to low-​income countries.

Application documents

Application Form Special Call 2020 (DOCX, 44 KB)

Apendix 1 – ETH4D Research Challenges Criteria (PDF, 200 KB)

Apendix 2 – Budget Template (XLSX, 15 KB)


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