University of Lucerne - Research Promotion
  Info – 29th January 2020

Dear researchers,
We would like to make you aware of the following points (please scroll down). Please take a look at the updated information and pass it on – thank you very much.

Kind regards,
Bruno Z'Graggen, Research Promotion Unit Director

Focus: SNSF - new funding scheme

SPIRIT – Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams - low number of submissions

The SNSF launched 1st February 2019 a new programme named SPIRIT. Against all expectations, the number of submissions is low. Please have another look on the options of the programme. Above all, it supports research projects and collaborations within the context of the global South and the next generation of scientists.

  • Goals: Support of international research projects within the context of the global South and the next generation of scientists
  • Number of partners: 2-4 partners
  • Eligibility: Postdocs (equal to SNSF projects) and professorships with connection to Swiss universities
  • Disciplins: all
  • Project duration: 2-4 years
  • Sum: CHF 50'000 up to CHF 500'000
  • Number of supported project and year: 12 projects
  • No submission deadline: all over the year possible
  • Evaluation: within two steps (pre-proposal, full proposal)

More information

SNSF-Funding Scheme and Priorities for 2021-2024

SNSF Scientific Image Competition

Do you have intersting visual and audio-visual materials refering your research project? The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Scientific Image Competition rates photographs, images and videos and presents them at the next Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography.

  • Target group: Researchers
  • Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Japan: JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2020

The programme "Postdoctoral Fellowships" by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) enables researchers in Switzerland to stay in Japan. In 2020, the SNSF can propose two researchers to the JSPS.

  • Target group: Postdocs
  • Disciplines: all
  • Duration: 12 - 24 months
  • Deadline: 14 February 2020

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"Spark": Rapid Funding of Unconventional Ideas

The new funding scheme "Spark" of the SNSF supports the development of new scientific approaches, theories, standards and ideas. The call is part of a pilot project for 2019 and 2020. The second call is coming. Three applications of members of the University of Lucerne were supported on the first call!

  • Main Target: Support of original scientific ideas, entry of new ground
  • Target group: Postdocs (1 up to 3 applicants are possible) with engagement at a Swiss university
  • Disciplines: all
  • Sum: CHF 50'000 - 100'000 (can include the salary of the applicants)
  • Duration: 6 - 12 months
  • Deadline: 11 March 2020
  • Evaluation: anonymous procedure with focus on the idea

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Career Funding Schemes: Submission Deadlines 2019 / 2020

1. Postdoc

2. Candoc

Attention: The mobility grants Doc.Mobility and Early Postdoc.Mobility are running out in 2020.
Last submission deadline: 1 September 2020

More information on SNSF innovations in career funding
SNSF career funding schemes

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

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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 (DMP)

Checklist and assistance by ZHB

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

External Calls

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 2020 / 2021 offers the following residency options for Rome, Milan and Palermo.

  • ROME
    - Target group, researcher: Candocs and postdocs; humanities, social and natural sciences
    - Place of stay: Villa Maraini, Rome (Istituto Svizzero)
    - Duration: ca. 10 months
    - Period: 15 September 2020 until 1st of July 2021
    - Target group, researcher: Candocs and postdocs; architectur and digital humanities
    - Place of stay: a flat in Milan
    - Duration: ca. 6 months
    - Period: 12 October 2020 until 30 April 2021
    - Target group, researcher:
    Candocs and postdocs; studies ref. to the Mediterranean Sea and Migration
    - Place of stay: Palazzo Butera
    - Duration: 3 months
    - Period: 15 September 2020 until 15 December 2021
  • Conditions for all
    - Age limit: 40 years
    - Deadline: 3 Februar 2020

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EU: Horizon

ERC Consolidator Grant (European Research Council): Call and Applicants Training


  • Target group: Postdocs with 7-12 years experience in research after PhD
  • Project sum: up to EUR 2 Mio.
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Call: 26 November 2019
  • Deadline: 4 February 2020

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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

External Training

Media training, writing coaching, and social media workshops for researchers: courses in 2020

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 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 training: 10/01, 08/02, 06/06, 13/06, 26/06, 06/11, 14/11, 20/11
  • Writing coaching: 17/01, 25/01, 30/10, 31/10
  • Social media workshops: 21/02, 27/11

More information and registration

Internal information events

ZHB Information Event: Open Access & Data Management Plan (DMP)

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) requires to make publications and research data freely accessible. Publications have to appear Open Access. A data management plan has to secure a free access to research data. The Zentral- & Hochschulbibliothek Lucerne (ZHB) supports researcher refering Open Access and to develop a DMP in the context of a SNSF-application.

  • Target group: Researchers supported by the SNSF
  • Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 12:15-14:00
  • Location: University of Lucerne, room 4.B51
  • Speakers: Dr. Simone Rosenkranz Verhelst and Dr. Nadja Meyenhofer (both ZHB)
    (Registration not requested)

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Next internal information event for SNSF applications: 26 March 2020

The Research Promotion Unit Director is hosting two information events this year. The first will take place 26 March 2020 and the second will be held on 19 November 2020. The topics covered at the information events are:

a) SNSF project submissions and SNSF reform

  • Target group: Master’s students (prospective doctoral candidates), candocs, postdocs and professors from all faculties
  • Date/time: Thursday 26 March 2020, 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m.

b) SNSF fellowship programme and career promotion options

  • Target group: Master’s students (prospective doctoral candidates), candocs and postdocs from all faculties
  • Date/time: Thursday 26 March 2020, 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: University of Lucerne, room 4.B46

Registration recommended (can be last-minute), email:

Fundraising foundations and private third-party funding

Support from the University Promotion Office

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is Switzerland’s top third-party funding provider for research. In addition to the SNSF, foundations and private third-party funding providers also play a vital role in funding research projects and careers (including fellowships). The University of Lucerne’s University Promotion Office, headed by Erich Plattner, would be happy to help you explore funding opportunities from foundations and private third-party funding providers.

More information and contact

Internal call for proposals

SpeedUp 2020: 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: CHF 20,000
  • Submission deadline: there are three standard FoKo deadlines for 2020.

SpeedUp-Regulations: FoKo-Guideline sheet, 4.2 c)
FoKo-submission deadlines and forms

FoKo applications and frequently asked questions

FoKo submission deadlines 2020

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 three submission deadlines per year. Urgent applications up to a maximum of CHF 8,000 may be submitted outside of these deadlines. Valid reasons must be given for the urgency.

Deadlines 2020

  • 24 February 2020 (meeting: 19 March 2020)
  • 11 May 2020 (meeting: 04 June 2020)
  • 05 October 2020 (meeting: 29 October 2020)

Submission deadlines 2020, form, FoKo-Regulations and FoKo-Guideline sheet

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about FoKo applications

Here you can find answers to some frequently asked questions about FoKo applications: research projects that are supported by the FoKo; eligibility; submission deadlines; applications outside of deadlines and retroactive applications; principles of subsidiarity; criteria and priorities for assessment; formalities; waiting time for FoKo decisions; reporting obligations for applicants.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Advisory services

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

Research news

The research news section of the website provides details of current calls for proposals, funding opportunities, and other information.