Over the past eight years, more than one thousand researchers from public and private research organisations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia had the opportunity to receive the unique and invaluable support of the Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP) in the Western Balkans. The Programme, which was fully funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), made it possible for dozens of institutions and more than a thousand researchers to directly and indirectly benefit from this exceptionally successful and tailor-made initiative implemented by the University of Fribourg and their partner institutions in the Western Balkans. The Programme is about to end in December 2016 and no other substitute is envisaged to fill the void this will create in the Western Balkans. Therefore, we urge the international donor community, including the Swiss government, to renew this Programme or to establish a new one, building on the achievements of RRPP – it’s vital and continued support to independent, relevant and excellent social science research in the region. More information is available here.