University of Lucerne - Research Promotion
  Info – 11th March 2021

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.

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

Focus: FoKo

FoKo submission deadline, spring 2021: 22 March 2021

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.

Deadlines 2021

  • Spring deadline 2021
    - Submission: 22 March 2021
    - FoKo meeting: 15 April 2021
  • Autumn deadline 2021
    - Submission: 27 September 2021
    - FoKo meeting: 14 October 2021

More information

SNSF-Funding Scheme and Priorities for 2021-2024

Realisation of a project with partners abroad: Lead Agency and Weave

As an addition to the Lead Agency within the project funding scheme, the SNSF signed an agreement with partner agencies abroad to simplify the submission of multi-lateral projects. Weave and Lead Agency offer the advantage to researchers to submit only a single submission to one national agencies instead of several proposals to different national agencies. This saves a lot of time and effort on all sides.

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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

1. Postdoc

Unification of single postdoc scheme for fellowships abroad

2. Candoc

  • Doc.CH: 15 March und 15 September

End of Doc.Mobility fellowships 2020 and Doc.CH from 2021 on

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

More information

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

External Calls

SNIS Award for an outstanding PhD thesis

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) awards every year the best PhD thesis received in a Swiss University on a subject related to International Studies.

  • Target group: PhDs, max. 35 years old with PhD thesis published in 2020
  • Disciplines and themes: open, in relation with international relationships
  • Reception of PhD degree: 2020
  • Amount: CHF 10'000
  • Deadline: 15 March 2021

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Two Politics Grants for Scientists by 1st of September 2021

The foundation Scientific Politics Grants enables graduates from Swiss universities to work one year in the Houses of Parliament in Berne.

  • Target degree: Graduates with master degree
  • Deadline: 15 March 2021
  • Start of grants: 1st of September 2021

More information (only in G, F, I)

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
  • Deadlines:
    - 25 November 2020
    - 25 March 2021
    - 27 July 2021

More Information

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

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EU: Horizon Europe & Support Euresearch

HORIZON EUROPE, the ninth framework programme for research and innovation (2021-2027)

HORIZON EUROPE is launched and does support research in all areas. A total of EUR 95.5 billion will be available for this until 2027.

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Call ERC Starting Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) call for ERC Starting Grants is open.

  • ERC Starting Grant: Career funding scheme
  • Target group: Postdocs, 2-7 years after doctorate; all disciplines
  • Project sum: ca. CHF 1,5 Mio.
  • Call: 25 February 2021
  • Deadline: 8 April 2021

More information

External Training

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 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.

Courses 2021

  • 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

FoKo applications and frequently asked questions

FoKo submission deadlines 2021

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.

Deadlines 2021

  • Spring deadline 2021
    - Submission: 22 March 2021
    - FoKo meeting: 15 April 2021
  • Autumn deadline 2021
    - Submission: 27 September 2021
    - FoKo meeting: 14 October 2021

More information

Changes in FoKo research funding from 2021

  • Removal of the subsidiarity principle
    FoKo applications for all funding instruments can now be submitted without proof of third-party funding or of attempts to acquire this.
  • Increase in the maximum amount: CHF 30,000
    The new maximum amount for applications for complete and partial projects is CHF 30,000 (previously: CHF 20,000).
  • Setting of a minimum amount: CHF 1,000
    There is a new minimum amount of CHF 1,000.
  • Maximum amount in urgent circulation procedures: CHF 12,000
    The new maximum amount is CHF 12,000 (previously: CHF 8,000). The valid justification of the urgency remains important.
  • Increase in the SpeedUp (sabbatical for postdocs): CHF 25,000
    The new amount for the replacement position is CHF 25,000 (previously: CHF 20,000).

More information: Regulations and Guideline Sheet, valid from 1st January 2021

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; criteria and priorities for assessment; formalities; waiting time for FoKo decisions; reporting obligations for applicants.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Advisory services


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

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.