ESTHER Switzerland New Call for Proposals 2018

ESTHER Switzerland is opening a new Call for Proposal for only for Start-Up funds.

The Call is open until October 14th, 2018. Please use the Form “Start-up Grant Application 2018” available on the right column of the screen and refer to the 2017 Guidelines.

Start-up Grant application 2018: In order to apply, the first partner should be a Swiss institution. Proposal with no Swiss institution mentioned will not be considered. The idea of a Start-up fund is to support the definition and discussion of a new partnership or a new project. A proposal aiming at financing an existing project, even partially, will not be considered.


In 2018 there will be no call for large Grants.

The next large Call is planned for 2019. For more Information, please contact the ESTHER Switzerland Secretariat.

Following the Call for proposals 2017, the ESTHER Switzerland Steering Committee approved on Dec. 22nd, 2017 a new round of Grants. More Information about the new ESTHER Projects will be published in February on our Partnerships page.


Since 2011, Switzerland is member of the European ESTHER Alliance that promotes institutional health partnerships worldwide. The Alliance defines institutional health partnerships as “collaborative relationships between at least two institutions based on trust, equality and mutual interest to work as peers towards common objectives. They contribute to the improvement of health services through reciprocal institutional strengthening, capacity building and health workforce development”. ESTHER partners work mostly in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) to tackle priority issues for health and help achieve the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

ESTHER Switzerland uses the model of institutional health partnerships to foster effective north-south and south-south partnerships that can build capacity of the health workforce and health institutions and finally contribute to strengthen health systems and health outcomes. The Secretariat of ESTHER Switzerland is located at the ISPM in Bern.

ESTHER Switzerland Grants Programme

The Switzerland ESTHER programme is currently a collaborative initiative between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) of the University of Bern, which will contribute to SDC’s objectives for health and development. It is based on a spirit of partnership and equality that is a fundamental principle of SDC policy. The SDC has established a grant program for the period 2016-2018 managed by ESTHER Switzerland.

The grants support two types of partnership, ESTHER project grants and ESTHER start-up grants. Both types of grants are available to institutional health partnerships that include at least one health institution in Switzerland (preference is given to hospitals, universities and research institutions) and one health institution in a low or middle-income country.

  1. Partnerships Project Grant: Projects should be focused primarily on sexual and reproductive health and rights including HIV/AIDS. The maximum amount for a Project grant is CHF 100’000.
  2. Start-up Grant: this fund support initiatives to asses new partnership projects that could lead to new projects within the scope of the ESTHER programme. The maximum amount for a Start-up grant is CHF 10’000.

Typical projects focus on service deliver and could aim at the training of health care staff (medical staff, nurses, management positions, etc.). Research projects (e.g., cohort studies) are outside the scope of the present call. For more information on the two funds kindly consult the grant documents which are available on this page.




If you want to be informed about the new call next year, please contact the ESTHER Secretariat.