University of Lucerne - Research Promotion
  Info – 22nd September 2020

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: SNSF/Innosuisse

Basic Research - Innovation

The BRIDGE programme by the SNSF and Innosuisse supports the transition from basic research to science-based innovation. For the funding period 2021 to 2024, the BRIDGE budget is increasing by 50 per cent. A total of 105 million francs will be available. The entire programme will be open to all disciplines.

BRIDGE consists of two funding schemes:

  • Proof of Concept is aimed at young researchers who wish to develop an application or service based on their research results.
  • Discovery is aimed at experienced researchers who want to explore and implement the innovation potential of research results. 

More information

SNSF-Funding Scheme and Priorities for 2021-2024

Lead Agency Procedure: new with Croation, the Brazilian federal state of São Paulo and South Africa (brand new!)

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 Croation, the Brazilian federal state of São Paulo and South Africa (brand new)
  • Deadlines: 1st October and 1st April

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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.

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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

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
  • Disciplins: all
  • 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)

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Career Funding Schemes: Instruments and Submission Deadlines

1. Postdoc

Unification of single postdoc scheme for fellowships abroad

2. Candoc

  • Doc.CH: 10 March und 10 September

Replacement solution ref. Doc.Mobility (SNSF) at the University of Lucerne: The Graduate Academy of the University of Lucerne will finance at least four mobility contributions a year (max. 12 months stay abroad) to doctoral students from 2021 on. The call is going public on autumn 2020. The FoKo of the University of Lucerne will evaluate the applications.
Mobility fellowships and Doc.CH from 2021 on

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 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

I Tatti Fellowships for Postdocs

The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florenz supports 15 Postdoc Fellowships:

  • Target: Research on the transnational dialogue from the14th to the 17th century between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.)
  • Support of: 15 residencial postdoc fellowships à 12 months
  • Amount each fellowship: $ 60'000 plus accomodation
  • Target group: Postdocs, different disciplins
  • Stay: 1st July 2021 until 30 June 2022
  • Location: Villa I Tatti, Florence
  • Deadline: 15 October 2020

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SWISSUbase: Information

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.

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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

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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

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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 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 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

  • 2020
  • 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:

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.

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: on Wednesdays, 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.