What we do

Through the core program, ISP assists low and lower-middle income countries to build and strengthen research capacity and postgraduate education in the basic sciences chemistry, physics and mathematics.

ISP is also engaged in the Swedish coordination of all Sida bilateral research programs, as well as in other collaborations, through special agreements.

ISP core program

ISP assists low and lower-middle income countries to build and strengthen research capacity and higher education in the basic sciences chemistry, physics and mathematics.

The core program at ISP consists of three sub-programs within physics, chemistry and mathematics. The collaboration are mainly of two types:

  • with a research group at a university department
  • with a network of research groups at different departments, usually in different countries in a region.

ISP focuses its activities on providing assistance to create viable and independent research teams of an international standard. In the countries with which ISP has cooperation, physics/chemistry/mathematics are normally weak and in a stage of development. In the support given, ISP also assists the departments in creating or strengthening their MSc and/or PhD programmes.

All activities to be supported are proposed by the groups in the respective countries and should be in line with the plans of the department, and follow national priorities.

Each of the three sub-programs has a reference group, that assists ISP in the scientific evaluations of the applications for ISP funding and acts as an advisory committee in scientific matters.

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ISP Physics

ISP Chemistry

ISP Mathematics

ISP Gender

How we define basic sciences

Last modified: 2023-09-14