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Bruno Z'Graggen, Research Promotion Unit Director
Lead Agency Procedure by the SNSF: new with Brazilian federal state of São Paulo and Croatia
The Lead Agency process is part of the project funding scheme and is aimed at researchers in Switzerland who wish to conduct a cross-border research project. It simplifies the submission and evaluation of transnational applications. A Lead Agency application can be submitted by researchers in Switzerland together with researchers in a country that has signed an agreement with the SNSF. Lead Agency agreements exist with:
- Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia, South Tyrol and new with Brazilian federal state of São Paulo and Croatia
Deadlines: 1st October and 1st April
SNSF-Funding Scheme and Priorities for 2021-2024
Covid-19: Extension of SNSF-Projects ending before 31 December 2020
Researchers whose project ends before 31 December 2020 will get a cost-neutral extension of a maximum of six months. If there isn’t enough money left for the extension period, you may apply for an extension grant.
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
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
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)
Agora: Dialogue between researchers and a large public
The SNSF aims with the Agora scheme to foster the dialogue between science and society. It encourages researchers to communicate their current research to a large public (e.g. schools).
Target group: Researchers (Postdocs/Professors) who intend to intermediate their actual and relevant research results to a large public.
Duration: max. three years
Deadline and sum:
- always ("rolling call"): CHF 5'000 - 50'000
- 1st of September 2020: CHF 50'000 - 200'000
Career Funding Schemes: Submission Deadlines 2020
Attention: The mobility grants Doc.Mobility and Early Postdoc.Mobility are running out in 2020.
Last submission deadline: 1 September 2020
The Graduate Academy of the University of Lucerne will finance at least four mobility grants for Candocs from 2021 on. The call is going public on autumn 2020. The FoKo of the University of Lucerne will evaluate the applications.
More information on the end of the mobility fellowships and Doc.CH
Innovations in 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
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
Italian Bilateral Scientific Cooperation Award
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) instituted the Italian Bilateral Scientific Cooperation Award since 2018.
- Disciplines: all
- Nomination: by established Professorship
- Target group: established Postdocs, 3-7 years of scientific experience since completion of PhD
- Age: max. 35 years
- Deadline: 31 August 2020
- Selection: End of October 2020
- Award: November 2020 in Rome
More Information, Call
Swiss Subsaharan Africa Migration (S-SAM) Network
The Leading House to build up a research network for migration from Subsaharan Africa to Europe, the Swiss Subsaharan Africa Migration Network, is based at the University of Neuchâtel and published the 4th call.
Disciplines and projects: all related to the different aspects of migration Africa - Europe
Target group: Doctoral students (advanced) and postdocs (beginning)
"Profit": network building and publication in 2021
Support per study: CHF 500 - 1'000
Deadline: 4 September 2020
Many institutions in Switzerland are confronted with the challenges of managing research data and ensuring long-term preservation and accessibility, but do not have the tools nor the knowledge to fulfill these requirements. It therefore makes sense to work on a national data infrastructure solution. SWISSUbase will offer such a solution by the beginning of 2021.
Congressi Stefano Franscini (CSF), Monte Verità (Ascona): inspiring venue available
The CSF, meeting platform of ETH Zurich, provides an available and ideal meeting venue for scientific congresses on the inspiring Monte Verità nearby Ascona.
Deadline for events in the year 2022: 15 January 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: End January 2021
Horizon 2020: Call MSCA Individual Fellowships
Within the programme Horizon 2020, the EU supports postdocs' mobility by individual fellowships by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA):
Target group: Postdocs, stays abroad of max. 2 years
Call: 8 April 2020
Deadline: 9 September 2020
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 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 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 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
Internal Information Event in Autumn for SNSF Applications: 19 November 2020
a) SNSF project submissions and SNSF reform
Target group: Master’s students (prospective doctoral candidates), candocs, postdocs and professors from all faculties
- Date: Thursday 19 November 2020, 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m.
b) SNSF fellowship programme and career promotion options after 2020 and new mobility contributions to doctoral students of the University of Lucerne from 2021 on
Target group: Master’s students (prospective doctoral candidates), candocs and postdocs from all faculties
- Date: Thursday 19 November 2020, 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: University of Lucerne, room 4.B46
Registration recommended (can be last-minute), email: email@example.com
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.
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)
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.