Leading House

The University of St.Gallen, through its Institute of Management in Latin America (GIMLA), has been mandated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), to act as Leading House granting incentives and developing joint research cooperation projects with the Latin American region.

Leading Houses are Swiss Research Institutions mandated to pursue bilateral cooperation and develop scientific relations with priority partners in key countries that represent great potential for Swiss scientific and technological expansion. In its role as the Leading House for the Latin America region, the University of St.Gallen (i) represents the interests of the Swiss scientific community vis-à-vis its Latin American partners, (ii) advise and share experiences with the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), (iii) develops and manages funding instruments to promote bilateral cooperation between international teams, (iv) ensures the communication of opportunities for cooperation with the Swiss research and innovation community, liaising with the scientific departments of Latin American and Swiss Embassies and with the Swissnex network.

An overview of funding opportunities and upcoming calls can be found on this website. For more information and updates on specific calls and funding instruments, please visit our website regularly or contact the program administrator.

nexBio Amazônia for researchers

The nexBio Amazônia aims to bring together Swiss and Brazilian researchers and startups who work in areas of the Amazon bioeconomy. This call for researchers is designed to allow participants to acquire knowledge and learn about the Brazilian Amazon bioeconomy field, get exposed to Brazilian research and business culture, and create connections with Brazilian partners. The nexBio Amazônia is executed by Swissnex in Brazil with the funding from the Leading House for the Latin American Region. This call is specific for researchers. The startups have already been selected.

The Leading House will cover all the travel costs, accommodation, and local expenses related to the program.

Application deadline: June 14, 2024


Program in Brazil: July 22 to August 02, 2024

Download the Call – nexBio Amazônia for Researchers

Leading House Contacts

Vanessa Boanada Fuchs

Prof. PhD

Director

St.Gallen Institute of Management in Latin America
Av. Paulista 1754, conjunto 153

01 310-200 São Paulo

Letícia Vargas Bento

Ph.D.

Program Manager, Research Programs

GIMLA, c/o CLS-HSG, Leading House for Latin America
Büro 51-7004
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 6/8
9000 St. Gallen

Rocío Robinson

PhD

Program Manager, Innovation Programs

GIMLA, c/o CLS-HSG, Leading House for Latin America / SSLAS
Büro 51-7004
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 6/8
9000 St. Gallen

Andrea Güpfert

Administrator, Research Programs

GIMLA, c/o CLS-HSG, Leading House for Latin America
Büro 51-7004
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 6/8
9000 St. Gallen

Leading House: In a Nutshell

In the Leading House model, selected Swiss institutes of higher education are commissioned by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) to set up cooperation instruments for seed funding and innovative pilot projects under the framework of the bilateral programmes. This has proved to be a useful and efficient format for establishing privileged contacts and testing new instruments of research and innovation cooperation. Between 2017 and 2020, more than 500 pilot research and innovation activities with these new countries and regions received funding. In consultation with the Rectors' Conference swissuniversities, has commissioned for the period in 2021 to 2024 the University of St.Gallen with the Leading House in Latin America (from SERI website).

Funding Opportunities

The Early Career Grants (ECG) aim to promote research in all Latin American countries and to support fieldwork in the region

The Academia-Industry Training (AIT) is a start-up accelerator program to support young scientists from Switzerland, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

The aim of the Consolidation Grant (COG) is to fund advanced, solid projects that bridge the gap between smaller instruments and larger funding calls (e.g. SNSF projects).

The aim of the Research Partnership Grants (RPG) is to strengthen or initiate scientific exchange between researchers from Swiss and Latin American institutions in all disciplines by enabling them to conduct joint preliminary research and organize meetings, conferences or workshops.

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