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Research cooperation
Published: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 10:03:07 GMT   Updated: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 07:55:02 GMT
Welcome to Sida's Research Cooperation's in-depth site for databases, open calls, methodological support and overview of research findings.

This site is specifically designed with the intent to provide detailed information about Sida's research cooperation activities. For a more general overview of Sida please follow this link to Sida's main website.

Visit this website to:

  • Learn more about Sida's research cooperation and its results.
  • Register in the REDA database, which is a resource which aims at strengthening the role of research in Swedish development cooperation.
  • Publish calls for research proposals.
  • Provide information on application and reporting procedures for research programs and projects supported by Sida


Acting head of the Research Cooperation Unit at Sida, Hannah Akuffo, reflects on the year gone.

As 2013 comes to an end, Sida's research cooperation will have contributed to a number of organisations around the world working to reduce poverty through research.

Just this month (Dec 2013) Sida signed a new agreement with the World Bank for support to the CGIAR system with 718 million Swedish krona over five years. Sida's support contributes to research for the development of new technologies within agriculture, with the purpose of increased food security and reduced poverty in low income countries.  Sida has also during 2013 seconded a person to the CGIAR system to work specifically on gender issues.

Sida continues to be actively involved in EDCTP2, in order to enable clinical trials for poverty related infectious diseases. Also within health research, HRP, The special programme on Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction hosted at WHO, published a global systematic review of scientific data on the prevalence of violence against women during 2013. It is the first time estimates based on data from around the world shows the prevalence of both partner- and nonpartner violence.

Sida's partner UNRISD, The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, has through its report on structural change, social policy and politics continued to influence the international debate.

SciDev.Net working on communication of research for development gave their website an overhaul this year and launched their Middle East and North Africa edition in Arabic. All to continue delivering research results relevant for policy makers in a low income context.

In addition Sida continues long term bilateral research cooperation in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. A new call for cooperation between Makerere University in Uganda and Swedish universities has just opened. Sida is looking forward to see new and continued partnerships for strengthened research capacity during 2014.

Regional support in Asia and Africa has led to important research results, for example through high quality research centres such as Bio-Innovate based in Nairobi.

Valued input from partners such as GlobeLics and AfricaLics will during 2014 lead to Sida publishing a position paper outlining our strategic direction in our support to research and innovation.

Sida continues to be a long term partner in research cooperation and we are looking forward to an interesting 2014.

Hannah Akuffo

Acting head
Unit for Research Cooperation, Sida

Read the letter in Pdf here.

Watch the Makerere University video showcasing results from research cooperation with Sweden
– Swedish funds have strengthened research management and coordination, improved the research and publication at Makerere, and improved the funding levels for research and innovation, says professor Mukadasi Buyinza, Sida coordinator at Makerere University. Swedish research cooperation with Uganda was initiated in 2000. On October 6, our successful cooperation was celebrated at Sida Science Day 2014.
The SSEESS Research Links 2015
The “SSEESS Research Links 2015" call for proposals is now open! The grant is aimed at individual researchers within natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities that do research on Global Environmental Change (GEC) issues, are affiliated with a Swedish research institute and already collaborate with at least one regional scientist on the regional priorities.
Research Training Partnership Programme - Uganda
Update: The decision regarding full proposals going forward in the process and those rejected will be sent out to proposal coordinators during the second week of December 2014.
Research Training Partnership Programme - Tanzania
The deadline for submission of joint programme proposals to the Tanzanian Universities/Costech has now passed (November 14th, 2014). Information about the call is still available online through the link below.
Swebol Biotech - From Swedish support to international venture
Bolivia has products of great potential to both domestic and international markets. Research by Mauricio Peñarrieta has shown that its plants are rich on antioxidants and other nutritional values. His research led to the launch of a Swedish-Bolivian venture project called SweBol Biotech, with the purpose of facilitating trade between the countries.
Grants awarded to 38 new research initiatives
ISSC has with support from Sida awarded 38 seed grants to new research initiatives in the field of social transformations. The aim is to build knowledge partnerships needed for longer-term research on the fundamental innovative processes of social transformations towards sustainable and equitable futures. The supported research networks have unique focus on social transformation needs and opportunities in specific social-ecological settings across the world.
Sustainable development research
In this short video research fellow Yonas Alem talks about the Sida supported research capacity building programme "Environment for Development initiative" which is based at Gothenburg university, as well as research related to sustainable development.
Sida supports WHO call for action
Sida supports the WHO statement on the prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth. This is a call for action, dialogue, research and advocacy to ensure the rights of women to dignified, respectful healthcare through pregnancy and childbirth. It is a matter of human rights. Sida's research cooperation supports WHO's research programmes HRP, TDR and the Alliance.
Call open: Research Partnership Programme - Tanzania
Sida is announcing a call for proposals for partnerships between Tanzanian and Swedish universities and institutions called “Research Partnership Programme". The programme aims at supporting the strengthening of institutional research capacities at four key research universities and institutions in Tanzania. Deadline November 14th 2014.
"Bolivian universities serve the people"
"Inequality is decreasing and people are speaking about our economic growth across Latin America. This in part has our public universities to thank, and we are very proud of them." Bolivian vice president Álvaro García Linera at a recent conference in La Paz where twelve years of research cooperation between Sweden and Bolivia was celebrated.
Future Earth secretariat
Stockholm is one of five Global Hubs to comprise the new Future Earth secretariat. The other locations are in Canada, France, Japan and USA. Spread over three continents the secretariat will operate as one entity. Sida supports Future Earth and its research for sustainable development.
Sweden and WHO sign new framework agreement for health
Swedish Ambassador Jan Knutsson and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan have signed a contract that marks the first phase of a new six-year framework agreement. WHO’s reform initiative aims to ensure that the organization is well-equipped to address the increasingly complex health challenges of the 21st century. The reform’s objectives are three-fold: to improve health outcomes, to achieve greater coherence in global health and to foster organizational excellence.
Summary of ReCom findings
Research and Communication on Foreign Aid (ReCom) has now published a summary of their research findings. ReCom was implemented over 2011-2013 in a partnership between UNU-WIDER, Sida and Danida. The aim of the programme was to research and communicate what works and what can be achieved through development assistance.
Bill Gates’ cooperation with Sida
On the 31st of March Bill Gates held a speech on the theme “The world is getting better – how we can end extreme poverty in our lifetime”. Hannah Akuffo, the acting head of the unit for research cooperation, sat in the panel which raised important questions about how, where and why research and knowledge is needed for a sustainable development. Click the link to watch the lecture!
PhD student Stella Kioko
Sida supported International Science Programme (ISP) at Uppsala University has made a short film about PhD Student Stella Kioko from Kenya where she tells about her life and her physics research. Sida supports ISP 2014-2018 with 160 Million SEK.
Collaboration with Uganda
Received Letters of Intent for partnerships between Makerere University in Uganda and Swedish universities aimed at research capacity strengthening have now been evaluated. Invitations to submit full proposals have been sent out to successful applicants during week 22, 2014. Guidelines for full proposal are available through the link below.
Innovation for growth
Sida has supported innovation within the research cooperation for many years and the support was recently evaluated. We have now produced a short overview over the evaluation, including two case studies and the conclusions drawn.
U-forsk and Swedish Research Links
These programs are from 2013 administrated by Vetenskapsrådet (the Swedish Research Council). Read more on their website:
Seed funding from ISSC
The call for proposals from ISSC with support from Sida’s research cooperation is now closed. A total of 500 applications were received. The call was for seed funding for 30 grants of €30,000 each with the aim to prepare researchers from all parts of the world to respond meaningfully to the call for Transformative Knowledge Network proposals that will be launched in October 2014.
Meet our partners!
Sida works with a number of partner organisations within the research cooperation. We have asked some of them to describe their mission and share their current news.
Sida's Research Cooperation
has a wide mandate in research support, encompassing bilateral research, regional cooperation, global programmes and higher education in Sweden. The aim is to create new knowledge and strengthen research capacity through the various programmes and projects.