Felix A. Chami

Felix A. Chami, Professor at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, shows a bowl that was produced some 2000 years ago by early bantu civilizations.

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Research Cooperation

Guidelines for partners

Updated: 18 April 2018

The guidelines for partners detail how Sida's research cooperation is set up - from application to evaluation.


Guidelines for national research systems

Higher education and research are important for poverty reduction and sustainable development. A nation's successful global participation and economic sustainability depend on the capacity to create, adopt, adapt, and apply knowledge.

Sida supports research capacity building mainly through bilateral cooperation between selected partner countries and Sweden. There are currently ongoing programmes in Bolivia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Guidelines for partners: Sida's support to national research systems (pdf)

The guidelines refer to the following documents in the Research Training Partnership Programme (RTPP). Please note that only invited organisations may apply, and the exact format to use will be specified in the invitation.

Swedish universities participating in RTPP projects need to perform an annual audit, usually referring to the following Terms of Reference.


Guidelines for research organisations

Sida's research cooperation with regional and international research organisations is expected to contribute to strengthened research of high quality and of relevance to poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Guidelines for partners: Sida's support to research organisations (pdf)

The guidelines refer to the following application template. Please note that only invited organisations may apply, and the exact format to use will be specified in the invitation.


Guidelines for results-based management

Sida's research cooperation is evaluated through a results-based system – starting with planning following through application, annual reporting, monitoring all the way to the final evaluation of the project.

Handbook for results-based management for Sida research cooperation (pdf)


PhD students and postdocs

The following information is intended for PhD students and postdocs who are part of Sida-funded bilateral research cooperation programmes.

How to obtain your residence permit

The first time you travel to Sweden it is important that you start the process about 3 months before your planned travel. There are several steps to be taken, and it is important to allow time for each step. Detailed information is found at the International Science Programmes (ISP) website and at the Migration Office recidency website in order to get the most recent information. Please note that you all need to contact ISP before applying for residency permits in order to get all necessary documents.

How "Subsistence Allowances" at Swedish universities should be interpreted

Swedish universities need to follow the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (Högskoleförordningen), referred to here as "ordinance" which, amongst other things, defines the conditions for PhD students. With the changes of the Ordinance from 1st of January 2018, Sida has developed a document (in Swedish) interpreting the Ordinance in the part regarding the Sida-funded PhD-students. In brief, the subsistence allowances financed by Sida are not stipends and therefore exempt from the regulations regarding employment and stipend monetary level.


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