International Science Programme (ISP)


An overview of ISP collaboration with different countries is available through the list of countries in the menu. Further down on this page you can read about our activities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In many cases scientists in the country in question are members of research networks and hence benefit from the network activities, but not necessarily through direct financial support.

Modes of collaboration

The ISP collaboration in different countries can be described as follows:

  1. In the ISP core programs (Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics) through direct collaboration with individual research groups and networks of research groups,
  2. Collaboration through coordination of Sida bilateral programmes,
  3. Collaboration through separate agreements, with full cost cover from the collaborating partner.

The collaboration in the core programs with research groups and collaboration through networks is concentrated to the African continent and South East Asia.

General focus

The general focus of ISP collaboration was (up to 2008) with so-called Least Developed Countries. Since 2009 the activities are concentrated primarily to twelve countries, which are targeted for long-term cooperation in the "Research for Development - policy for research in Swedish development cooperation & strategy for Sida's support for research cooperation", decided by the Swedish government in 2015, but to regional networks. Sida also decided in 2008 that ISP direct collaboration with research groups should be limited to those of the twelve focus countries that do not have a bilateral agreement including support to Basic Sciences. Collaboration with networks is exempted from this decision as long as one focus country benefit from the network activities, and the limitation only applies in cases where Sida funding to ISP is used. The twelwe countries are Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Of these Bolivia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have bilateral programmes including support to Basic Sciences.