2023 Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research Award in Switzerland

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Application Deadline: July 12, 2023

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development. The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) is an informal multi-stakeholder group of Swiss institutions and private individuals interested in agricultural research for development (ARD). Members come from research institutions, NGOs, the private sector, farmers’ organisations and public agencies, as well as individuals.


The SFIAR intends to award new, innovative and result oriented research. Recent achievements or milestones can be awarded, however no future plans or project proposals. The thematic scope of the award is broad. Any research that falls within the following definition of ARD given by the European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD) can be submitted:

“ARD is a multi-dimensions research that addresses the agricultural development challenges of developing and emerging countries (DEC). The agricultural domain includes crop production and animal husbandry, agro-forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, agribusiness and related enterprises, animal and human health related issues, as well as the sustainable management of the natural sources on which farming depends and the socio-cultural and bio-diverse landscapes, food systems and ecologies in which it is embedded. ARD provides technological, economic and institutional knowledge and
innovations contributing to sustainable development. It encompasses research of a national and international public good character, as well as research that yields private gains.”


  • The best PostDoc/team project wins CHF 10’000, the best Master thesis CHF 1’000.
  • Submission is not complicated.
  • The Award may help winners enter into development work, or receive funding.


Eligible for the SFIAR Award is research that:

  • Is within the thematic scope (see ARD definition above)
  • Has been completed preferably no longer than three years ago, or is ongoing with recent
    achievements/milestones (for Master’s Thesis Award: master’s thesis submitted not longer than 24 months ago)
  • Has been carried out at or in close collaboration with a Swiss institution
  • Has involved partners (institutions and/or individuals) located in developing countries

Selection Criteria:

A selection committee of at least three SFIAR experts will review the submissions (based on the 2
pages research summary only) and select the best proposal. If four or less submissions are received,
the committee may decide not to make an award that year. The SFIAR members endorse the
recommendation by the selection committee, if they do not have a valid challenge.
The main selection criteria are:
a) research quality
b) demonstration of potential for development impact
c) compliance with criteria defined under “Scope”
d) presentation

Visit the official website for details and application

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