University of Lucerne - Research Promotion
  Info – 6th April 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: Fondation Suisse, Paris

Fondation Suisse, Residency Option: Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris

The Fondation Suisse offers in the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris within the Pavillon Le Corbusier in Paris during the academic year 2021 / 2022 residency options for students and researcher.

  • Target Groups: MA-Students, Candocs, Postdocs
  • Condition: Swiss citizenship or stay permission C
  • Duration of stay: min. of 2 months
  • Prize: EUR 500-550 / room and month
  • Deadline: 4 June 2021

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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

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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 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

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

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CHANSE Call: Transformations. Social and Cultural Dynamics in the Digital Age

CHANSE (Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe) promotes innovative and interdisciplinary and international research within the field of society and digitalisation with stronge relation with Europe.

  • Disciplines: humanities and social sciences
  • Target group: Professorships / Postdocs with international network
  • Project duration: 2-3 years
  • Project budgets: max. EUR 1,5 Mio.
  • Call: 9 March 2021
  • Deadline: 7 May 2021

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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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Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences: Prix Média, Prix Prix Média Newcomer & research contribtions

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences promote independant and excellent scientifical journalism and the intermediation of sciences to an big public by two prizes and research contributions:

  • Prix Média: established candidates
    - Prize sum: CHF 10'000
  • Prix Média: Newcomer, persons up to an age of 31 years
    - Prize sum: CHF 4'000
    - Research contributions: 3 x CHF 3'000
  • Research contributions for persons over an age of 30 years
    - max. CHF 3'000 / contribution
  • Deadline: 15 May 2021

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Germaine de Staël - Contributions: Promotion of bilateral research cooperation between Switzerland and France

The "Germaine de Staël" programme promotes collaboration between French and Swiss researchers and research teams by providing funding towards travel and accommodation expenses incurred by their team members as part of attending meetings or conferences.

  • Target group: Researchers in Switzerland and France
  • Disciplines: all
  • Support of each project and year: CHF 4'500 (expenses for travels, stays and congresses)
  • Dealine: 1 June 2020

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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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Calls: ERC Starting Grant & ERC Consolidator Grant

1. ERC Starting Grant: Career funding scheme

  • Target group: Postdocs, 2-7 years after doctorate; all disciplines
  • Project sum: ca. EUR 1,5 Mio. for 5 years
  • Call: 25 February 2021
  • Deadline: 8 April 2021

2. ERC Consolidator Grant: Career funding scheme

  • Target group: Postdocs, 7-12 years after doctorate; all disciplines
  • Project sum: ca. EUR 2 Mio. for 5 years
  • Call: 11 March 2021
  • Deadline: 20 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 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.

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): Calls 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 second call for applications follows in autumn with a submission deadline at 20 September 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


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

CoffeeTalk+

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.zgraggenremove-this.@remove-this.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

Research news

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