Impact Collaboration Programme

The Impact Collaboration Programme is our annual call for projects with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. It provides a unique funding instrument to spark, support and scale science-policy collaborations that strengthen science-informed policymaking and build policy-relevant research and tools in support of global governance actors based in Geneva.

  • Are you a scientist willing to engage with policy actors and channel your research towards policy needs?
  • Are you an international policy professional looking to ground your work in scientific expertise?

Through an ICP project, you can develop creative ways to work together to ensure that the best available knowledge supports the design of solutions to the complex issues of our times, in a wide range of fields such as health, migration, environment, peacebuilding and many others.

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See Ongoing ICP Projects
  • Maximum 60,000 CHF per project (seed money)
  • Tailored support and advice to help maximise impact
  • A learning framework to elicit knowledge and build capacity in science-policy collaborations

The ICP provides support to collaborative projects  that explicitly address a science-policy gap around a global issue of relevance to the work of international Geneva actors.

We favour projects that envision science-policy engagement activities at the core of their strategy and that aim to improve knowledge exchange, empower actors, build stronger networks, and leverage policy windows to link knowledge production with use in policymaking.

ICP projects must be completed within 12 months.

The call supports projects that stem from collaborations involving at least:

  • One Academic partner: an actor formally affiliated with an academic institution from any location in the world. The main applicant on the Academic side must hold a PhD and work as researcher or equivalent. Applicants can come from any scientific discipline.
  • One Policy and/or implementation partner: an actor formally representing a policy (or implementation) institution from the Geneva ecosystem (international organizations, programmes, funds, NGOs, diplomatic missions or Member-States).
  • Project submission: opens on 7 November 2022 and closes on 12 February 2023 (23:59 CET)
  • Project selection: Selected projects are announced by the end of March 2023
  • Start of the project: An inception meeting with project partners is organised by mid-May 2023 at the latest. Funds are released within a month after the signature of the agreement letter, following the inception meeting

The collaboration partners are invited to apply by filling a 1’700 word application form and budget template through an online platform. They designate the main applicant which will be the applying institution, responsible for the grant administration in case of selection.

Mialy Rann, Science-Policy officer,