University of Lucerne - Research Promotion
  Info – 13th October 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: Internal Events

27 October 2021: SNSF Options and Career Funding Schemes

  • 1.  SNSF: Projects, programmes, publications und Exchange (e.g. Conferences)
    12:15 - 13:00
  • 2. Career: Options at the University of Lucerne, SNSF and EU
    13:15 - 14:00
  • Referee: PhD Bruno Z'Graggen, Research Promotion Unit Director

More information and registration

25 until 29 October 2021: Open Access Week 2021, ZHB-Event

The ZHB, in cooperation with the HSLU and the University of Lucerne, informs during the Open Access Week on each day over lunch time or in the evening on open access publication and research data.

One of the highlights is the event on Thursday, 28 October 2021, 12:15 - 13:00:

  • How do I finance my open access publication?
    Followed by the Open Access Award of the University of Lucerne, rector Prof. Bruno Staffelbach

    Lecture auditorium 2, University of Lucerne (hybrid event)

More Information ref. programme (in German)

2 November 2021: Info-Lunch Special ref. Open Research Data (ORD)

The ORD-strategy defines conditions by the use of research data for more transparecy and reproducibility in research.

  • Subject: Strategy, action plan and effects on researchers at the University of Lucerne
  • Target group: Researchers of all levels
  • Referees: Dr. Simone Rosenkranz and Dr. Nadja Meyenhofer (ZHB Lucerne)
  • Date: 2 November 2021, 12:15 - 13:00
  • Location: Lecture auditorium 4

More information and registration

SNSF-Funding Scheme and Priorities for 2021-2024

Three online SNSF-information events ref. SNSF and Innosuisse funding schemes

In October and November 2021, the SNSF and Innosuisse are organizing three online information events ref. their funding schemes.

  • Presentation: Funding schemes by SNSF and Innosuisse
  • Q&A: with responsibles of the funding schemes
  • Target group: Researchers of all levels
  • Online
  • Dates:
    - 27 October 2021, 9:00 - 12:30
    - 11 November 2021, 13:30 - 17:00
    - 26 November 2021, 9:00 - 12:30

Programme and registration

The National Research Programme 80 (NRP 80): COVID-19 in Society

The Federal Council has mandated the SNSF to implement the new National Research Programme "COVID-19 in Society" (NRP 80). The Programme aims to help manage current and future pandemics. NRP 80 complements NRP 78 "COVID-19", launched in 2020 to investigate primarily the biomedical and clinical aspects, as well as the special call for research on coronaviruses launched by the SNSF.

  • Thematical field: impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, politics and society
  • Disciplines: Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Call: Autumn 2021

More information

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.

More information

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

2. Candoc

  • Doc.CH: 15 March und 15 September

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

SNSF-Pilot project via platform ChronosHub

How can researchers handle their open access publication charges (APCs) with minimal effort? And how can they check whether their preferred journals comply with the SNSF’s Open Access guidelines? A pilot project by the SNSF with the ChronosHub platform simplifies these processes with various advantages:

  • direct payment of open access publication charge (APC)
  • journal finder ref. journals complying with the SNSF’s Open Access guidelines
  • storing of the published articles for reporting reasons

More information

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 Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Azrieli Foundation (Tel Aviv) calls for International Postdoctoral Fellowships:

  • Research place: Scientific institution in Israel
  • Target groups: Excellent Postdocs (PhD after 1 November, 2018), any discipline
  • Duration: Two years
  • Amount: ca. EUR 48'000 a year plus research and travel costs
  • Starting date of fellowship: October 2022
  • Call deadline: 2 November 2021 (call open since 1 September 2021)

More information

SAGW Award for young academics, 2022

The Award for young academics by the Swiss Academy of the Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW) is dedicated to young academics. It awards articles which were published within science journals or scientific publications.

  • Amount: CHF 18'000
  • Three awards of: CHF 10'000, CHF 5'000 and CHF 3'000
  • Target group: young academics of the Humanities and social sciences (candocs and postdocs)
  • Limit of age: 38 years, exceptions possible
  • Deadline: 1st of December 2021

More information and inscription (in German)

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.

More information

Status of Switzerland ref. Horizon Europe, 01.10.2021

At the moment, Switzerland does have within Horizon Europe (2021-2027 a status as a third country state. The Federal Council’s stated aim remains Switzerland’s full association to Horizon Europe.
Under non-associated third country status, researchers and innovators in Switzerland are able to participate in most Horizon Europe collaboration projects. As such, around two-thirds of programmes are accessible, although they will not be funded by the European Commission, but by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).
However, participation in individual projects will not be possible. These include the prestigious grants from the European Research Council (ERC), the European Innovation Council (EIC) and certain Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). Transitional measures which will be managed by the SNSF.

Transitional measures by the SNSF ref. ERC Postdoc Grants from October 2021 on:

  • SNSF Advanced Grants (=ERC Advanced Grant)
    - Call: 1 October 2021
    - Open: from 1 November until 1. December 2021
  • SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships (=Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships Actions (MSCA) )
    - Call: 15 October 2021
    - Open: from 15 November until 15 December 2021

More information and calls

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): Calls for mobility contributions for doctoral students, 2022

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 (October).

  • Submission deadline spring 2022: 21 March 2022
  • Submission deadline autumn 2022: 10 October 2022

More information refering the call by the GA-UniLu

SpeedUp 2022: 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 25,000
  • Submission deadline: there are two standard FoKo deadlines for 2022.

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

FoKo applications and frequently asked questions

FoKo submission deadlines 2022

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 2022

  • Spring deadline 2022
  • Submission: 21 March 2022
  • FoKo meeting: 7 April 2022
  • Autumn deadline 2022
  • Submission: 10 October 2022
  • FoKo meeting: 27 October 2022

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


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.