University of Lucerne - Research Promotion
  Info – 31st October 2019

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: Residencies in Paris, Rome, Milan & Palermo

Fondation Suisse: Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris

The Fondation Suisse offers at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris within the Pavillon Le Corbusier options to stay for the academical year 2019 / 2020.

  • Capacity: 45 rooms; 12 are remaining free ref. spring semester 2020!
  • Conditions: Nationality of Switzerland or stay permission C
  • Minimal duration of stay: two months
  • Target group: MA Students, Candocs, Postdocs
  • Deadline: 25 November 2019

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Istituto Svizzero: 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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SNSF-Funding Scheme and Priorities for 2021-2024

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

SNIS: International Geneva Award

Call of the the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) in Geneva for the International Geneva Award:

  • Award for: three recently published academic articles which are particularly relevant for International Organizations
  • Date of publication: after 1st September 2018
  • Award sum: CHF 15'000, CHF 5'000 each article
  • Disciplins: among others Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Target group: Postdocs bzw. Professuren an Schweizer Hochschulen
  • Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Istituto Svizzero, Roma: Summer Schools 2020

Call Summer School-Projects

  • Target group: Professuren mit Summer School-Projekte
  • Disciplines: all, interdisciplinary approach between art and science
  • Content: Rome, romain cultural heritage and Italy
  • Venue: Istituto Svizzero, Roma
  • Duration: one week, July / August 2020
  • Deadline: 2 December 2019

More information (not in English available)

EU: Horizon

EU Horizon 2020 & ERC Consolidator Grant (European Research Council): Applicants Training

Euresearch offers trainings for applications to Horizon 2020 and ERC Consolidator Grants:

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 2019

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: 11/01, 09/02, 15/02, 14/06, 22/06, 01/11, 16/11
  • Writing coaching: 18/01, 26/01, 08/11, 09/11
  • Social media workshops: 22/02, 29/11

More information and registration

Internal information events

Next internal information event for SNSF applications: 21 November 2019

The Research Promotion Unit Director is hosting two information events this year. The first took place in March 2019 and the second will be held on 21 November 2019. 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 21 November 2019, 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 21 November 2019, 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 2019: 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

Coffee Talk+

The research promotion unit invites you to an uncomplicated Coffee Talk+ in case you need advice.

  • present: Dr. Bruno Z'Graggen, research unit director
  • Target group: researchers
  • Dates: evey Thursday, 14-15h (only during the semester)
  • Location: 3.A60 (coffee space, third floor)
  • without registration

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.