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ETH4D – Innovation for global development

We foster technological innovation that effectively addresses global challenges and we educate the next generation of leaders in sustainable development.

Despite unprecedented progress, about one billion people still live on less than two dollars a day. At the same time, technological progress offers extraordinary opportunities to improve the lives of people in low-income settings. ETH for Development (ETH4D) works with industry, NGOs, and governments to foster technological innovation that advances global sustainable development. We provide bi-annual Research Challenge Grants for collaborative research projects between ETH scientists and companies that aim to address effectively global challenges. The sectors that ETH4D researchers are working in include health, nutrition, energy, housing, natural resources, sanitation, security, safety, and education. 

We also respond to the growing need of industry for well-trained engineers that can take on the global challenges of our times. This is why we are committed to educating the next generation of leaders in sustainable development both in Switzerland and in the Global South. Through our internship programme, ETH4D connects ETH students with companies in the machine and electrical industry working in low- and middle-income countries. Together with our African partner universities, we are working on teaching initiatives that provide collaboration opportunities for interested companies.


ETH for Development (ETH4D) Dr. Adina Rom+41 44 633 85 65adina.rom@nadel.ethz.ch