Since mid-December 2017 the University of Zurich and the University of Geneva are officially strategic partners. The rectors of both universities, Professor Michael O. Hengartner (University of Zurich) and Professor Yves Flückiger (University of Geneva), have signed an agreement to form a strategic partnership. This new partnership joins together two universities that are already closely linked. The largest universities in the German- and French-speaking parts of Switzerland already maintain close relationships in research, student exchange or between both executive university boards. Hence, to formalize these links seems to be the next logical step. A close collaboration in the fields of Digital Science and Citizen Science has already been initiated.
Joint Seed Funding
In Spring 2018, a fund was set up to provide seed money for research projects carried out on a joint basis. The call for proposals for this joint seed funding is issued once a year (submission deadline: May 31). Funds are awarded in a competitive process. The call for proposals is open to all disciplines and subjects, however specific attention will be given to proposals covering digital issues. The funding is designed to finance the initial phases of joint research projects. More information on the call for proposals and on the submission process is available here.