In 2008, the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation launched several Bilateral Programmes to Promote Research Cooperation with Priority Countries. Each programme is managed by a Swiss university acting as "Leading House".
Until end 2016, the Swiss side of the bilateral programme with India was managed by EPFL as Leading House, and UNIL as Associate Leading House. As from 2017, the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) is in charge of the bilateral programme with India (see below). Activities launched before 2017 will be managed by the University of Lausanne up to their completion.