Makerere University i huvudstaden Kampala.
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Makerere University in Uganda receive research support from Sida. Photo: Makerere University

Research cooperation

Applying for research support: do you qualify?

Published: Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Changed: Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Instead of offering funding to individuals, Sida primarily supports universities or research institutions in selected countries. We are currently prioritising Bolivia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

The main recipients of support include research organisations, universities and research institutes in partner countries, regional research networks and international research programmes. Sida also supports research activities in Sweden relevant to developing countries.

Sida's Programme for Development Research (U-Forsk) allows researchers working at Swedish universities and colleges or other research institutions in Sweden to apply for a grant. Swedish researchers working at the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies (NIAS) in Copenhagen may also apply. Sida does not offer scholarships to researchers who are not associated with a Swedish research institute.

The U-Forsk programme is as of 2013 run by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).   

The Swedish Research Links Programme 

The Swedish Research Links Programme encourages research cooperation between researchers in Sweden and Asia, the Middle East/North African region and South Africa. The aim is to contribute to mutual scientific and socio-economic development of the countries involved in the collaboration.

The LINKS programme is as of 2013 run by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

Research Training Partnership Program

Call for proposals for Sida funded partnerships between universities in Rwanda, Bolivia and Sweden have been completed. This new programme called "Research Training Partnership Programme as an integral part of Institutional Research Capacity Strengthening" aims at supporting the strengthening of institutional resarch training capacity at universities in Sweden's target countries and regions, contributing to increased number of research graduates.

This first call was directed at five year collaboration between Swedish universities and the following target universities:

National University of Rwanda

Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia 

Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Cochabamba, Bolivia

Further information, including details about upcoming calls, is avilable on the Sida research cooperation website:  


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