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Bruno Z'Graggen, Research Promotion Unit Director
FoKo submission deadlines 2021 and "myFoKo"
The University of Lucerne research committee (FoKo) would be delighted to support your research project in accordance with its guidelines and looks forward to receiving applications. There are two submission deadlines per year one in spring and the other in autumn. Urgent applications from CHF 1,000 up to a maximum of CHF 12,000 (from 2021 on) may be submitted outside of these deadlines. Valid reasons must be given for the urgency.
Spring deadline 2021
- Submission: 22 March 2021
- FoKo meeting: 15 April 2021
Autumn deadline 2021
- Submission: 27 September 2021
- FoKo meeting: 14 October 2021
Submission via FIS and "myFoKo"
New via the Research Information System (FIS) and "myFoKo" (incl. templates for all the FoKo Schemes and reports). "myFoKo" will be available from 1st of February 2021 on. Within the meantime, we have to count on your patience.
SNSF-Funding Scheme and Priorities for 2021-2024
Japan: JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021
The programme "Postdoctoral Fellowships" by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) enables researchers in Switzerland to stay in Japan. In 2021, the SNSF can propose two researchers to the JSPS.
Target group: Postdocs
Duration: 12 - 24 months
- Start: between 1 July and 30 November 2021
Deadline: 17 February 2021
SNSF Scientific Image Competition
The SNSF Scientific Image Competition encourages researchers working in Switzerland to present their works to the public and the media. The award-winning works are displayed at the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography.
Target group: Researchers
Deadline: 31 January 2021
Covid-19: Information and flexible solutions for researchers by the SNSF
The Covid-19 pandemic causes comprises and questions in research supported by the SNSF. The SNSF does inform constantly and decides measures to support the researchers as well as possible. Pls. do follow the communications by the SNSF by newsletter and in the news room where you find answers responding the FAQs.
More information and FAQs by the SNSF in times of Covid-19
Career Funding Schemes: Instruments and Submission Deadlines
Unification of single postdoc scheme for fellowships abroad
Doc.CH: 15 March und 15 September
End of Doc.Mobility fellowships 2020 and Doc.CH from 2021 on
SNSF multi-year programme 2021-2024: new priorities and opportunities
The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) has published its multi-year programme for 2021-2024. In this, the SNSF is seeking to promote four priorities:
- Greater diversity in terms of excellence and promoting equal opportunities for women
- Interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle research topics from multiple angles on a more regular basis
- High-quality data infrastructures and services for use by researchers
- Closer networking between science, business and society
Seven misconceptions about SNSF research funding - and the reality behind them
In spite of detailed information and advice: some misconceptions about SNSF research funding continue to do the rounds. We’ll tell you what’s true.
More information incl. the reality
Internal assistance ref. SNSF Data Management Plan and Open Access
The Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern (ZHB) offers in cooperation with the University of Lucerne internal assistance ref. SNSF Data Management Plan (DMP) and publications in Open Access:
Overview of all upcoming SNSF calls for proposals
Would you like a brief overview of the upcoming SNSF deadlines for all funding schemes to make sure that you do not miss anything?
See: Upcoming SNSF deadlines for all funding schemes
SNIS Project Call
The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) supports research projects ref. International Studies.
Disciplines: pluri-disciplinary, Social Sciences and Humanities
Research field: International Studies
Special theme 2021: Covid-19: What lessons for multilateralism?
Target group: Professorships / Postdocs (project leadership)
Project duration: two years
Project sum: between CHF 100'000 and 300'000
Two steps evaluation with:
- Deadline pre-proposal: 21 January 2021
- Deadline full-proposal: 17 May 2021
Istituto Svizzero, Recidencies: Rome, Milan & Palermo
The Istituto Svizzero in Italy (center in Rome) supports by its residency programme young artists and researcher ref. studies, projects and exchange. The actual call for 2021 / 2022 offers the following residency options for Rome, Milan and Palermo.
- Place of stay: Villa Maraini, Rome (Istituto Svizzero)
- Duration: ca. 10 months
- Period: September 2021 until July 2022
- Place of stay: a flat in Milan
- Duration: ca. 6 months
- Period: October 2021 until April 2022
- Place of stay: Palazzo Butera
- Duration: 3 months
- Period: September 2021 until December 2022
Conditions for all
- Target group, researcher: Candocs and postdocs; humanities, social and natural sciences
- Age limit: 40 years
- Deadline: 1 Februar 2021
The Laura Bassi Scholarship for Publications, Editing Press
The Laura Bassi Scholarship supports publications on master, doctoral and postdoc level:
Target groups: master students, doctoral students, postdocs
Contributions: master thesis $ 750, dissertations $ 2'500, articles $ 500
- 25 November 2020
- 25 March 2021
- 27 July 2021
Gerda Henkel Stiftung: Funding Programme Democracy
Since 2019, there is an research funding programme on democrazy with a historical perspective which will be followed by a further funding initiative on the present situation and predictions for the future: "Transformations of Democracy? Or: The Contours of Future Democratic Society."
Research field: Democrazy, present situation, transformation and future
Disciplines: Humanities and Social Siences
Target group: Professors / postdocs or institute, doctoral students as project collaborators
Duration: max. 3 years
Deadline: 12 May 2021
EU: Horizon 2020 / Horizon Europe
Horizon 2020: Green Deal Call
The Green Deal Call by the European Commission is about improving the well-being of people. Making Europe climate-neutral and protecting our natural habitat will be good for people, planet and economy. No one will be left behind. The Call consists of 11 different thematical fields. Field number 10 is surely of special interest for the Humanities and the Social Sciences: Empowering citizens for transition towards a climate neutral, sustainable Europe.
Call: 19 May 2020
Target group: Professors, all disziplins
Deadline: 26 January 2021
HORIZON EUROPE, the ninth framework programme for research and innovation (2021-2027)
The eighth framework programme for research and innovation HORIZON 2020 (2014-2020), will soon be coming to an end. The next programme, entitled HORIZON EUROPE (2021-2027), is in preparation. A total of EUR 100 billion will be available for this.
More Information Horizon Europe
Media training, writing coaching, and social media workshops for researchers: courses in 2021
Presenting research projects and findings to a wider audience is an important task, and media diversity and communication requirements are high in the digital era.
The SNSF provides researchers with one-day media courses and social media workshops, and two-day writing courses. The courses are held in Olten and run by media specialists from tv-medientrainer.ch. Feedback from those who have completed the courses has been very positive. They are particularly aimed at researchers who have received SNSF funding, and who will therefore be offered cheaper rates.
Media trainings: 15.01. / 23.01, online / 13.02. / 04.06. / 18.06. / 26.06. / 23.10. / 20.11. / 26.11., online
Writing: 05.11. / 13.11.
Text intensive courses: 29.01. / 12.06.
Social media workshops: 05.02. / 27.11.
Social video workshop: 28.05. + 29.05.
More information and registration
Internal calls for proposals
Graduate Academy (GA-UniLu): First call for mobility contributions for doctoral students from 2021
The SNSF ceases awarding mobility grants for doctoral students (Doc.Mobility) at the end of 2020. The successor solution for the mobility of doctoral students will be provided by Swiss Universities with the support of swissuniversities from 2021. At the University of Lucerne, the GA-UniLu will finance at least four mobility contributions (overseas stays of between six and a maximum of 12 months) for doctoral students every year. A maximum of around CHF 50,000 is available for a mobility contribution of 12 months. There will be two submission deadlines every year: one in spring (March) and one in autumn (September).The first call for applications is out now with a submission deadline at 22 March 2021.
Submission deadline spring 2021: 22 March 2021
Submission deadline autumn 2021: 20 September 2021
More information refering the call by the GA-UniLu (at the moment only in German)
SpeedUp 2021: sabbatical for lecturers/researchers and assistant professors (postdocs)
SpeedUp seeks to accelerate the process of obtaining a postdoctoral academic qualification at the University of Lucerne by providing the successful applicant with a sabbatical. This is awarded by the university’s research committee (FoKo).
Sabbatical duration: max. six months
Purpose: a period of time off to focus on your postdoctorate, with no teaching and administrative responsibilities but with ongoing payment of wages
Target group: postdocs, senior teaching and research assistants / assistant professors without tenure track
Number of sabbaticals per year: (generally) two
Amount for replacement staff: new CHF 25,000
Submission deadline: there are two standard FoKo deadlines for 2021.
SpeedUp-Regulations: FoKo-Guideline sheet, 4.2 c) and FoKo-submission deadlines
The research promotion unit invites you to an uncomplicated CoffeeTalk+ in case you need advice.
present: Dr. Bruno Z'Graggen, research unit director
Target group: researchers
Dates: on Wednesdays, 14-15h (only during the semester)
Location: 3.A60 (coffee space, third floor)
- without registration
Attention: At the moment due to home office, only available by e-mail / zoom
E-Mail: bruno.zgraggen@ unilu.ch
Research Promotion Unit
Do you have questions about funding your research project, submitting applications to the FoKo or third-party funding providers, or planning your academic career? Dr. Bruno Z'Graggen, Research Promotion Unit Director, would be happy to provide you with further information and advice drawn from his broad experience in this field.
Latest information for researchers
The research news section of the website provides details of current calls for proposals, funding opportunities, and other information.