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Bruno Z'Graggen, Research Promotion Unit Director
Call: 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. NRP 80 is primarily aimed at researchers in the humanities and social sciences.
Thematical field: impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, politics and society
Disciplines: Humanities and Social Sciences
Project duration: max. 3 years
Budget: CHF 14 Mio.
Call: 01 November 2021
Evaluation in two steps:
- Deadline for pre-proposals: 24 January 2022
- Deadline for full-proposals: 13 June 2022
More information / call
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
- 27 October 2021, 9:00 - 12:30
- 11 November 2021, 13:30 - 17:00
- 26 November 2021, 9:00 - 12:30
Programme and registration
Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme 2021
Within the scope of the bilateral programmes of the Swiss Confederation, the SNSF, the Ministry of Earth Sciences in India (MoES) and the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR) are issuing a call for proposals.
- Under the ICSSR, the following topics in the field of social sciences are available:
- International migration and immigration policies
- Technology, social media and social cohesion
- Heritage and cultural exchange in global age
- AI, big data and social science
Target group: Postdocs and professorships from the social sciences incl. exchange with India
Project duration: 3-4 years
Project budgets: CHF 250'000 up to 350'000
Deadline: 30 November 2021
Japan: JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships
For a number of years, the SNSF has acted as the nomination body for the Postdoctoral Fellowships of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). In 2022, the SNSF can propose two researchers to the JSPS.
Research place: Japan
Target group: Excellent Postdocs, University in Switzerland, all disciplines
Number of fellowships: 2 Fellowships
Duration: 12 until 24 months
Start of fellowships: 1 July until 30 November 2022
Deadline: 12 January 2022
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.
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
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
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
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
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 spring time 2022.
Conditions: Nationality of Switzerland or stay permission C
Minimal duration of stay: two months
Target group: MA Students, Candocs, Postdocs
Deadline: 26 November 2021
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)
SNIS Project Call 2022
The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) supports research projects ref. International Studies.
Disciplines: pluri-disciplinary, Social Sciences and Humanities
Research field: International Studies
Special theme 2022: The role of data in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in the context of a post-pandemic recovery
Target group: Professorships / Postdocs (project leadership)
Project duration: two years
Project sum: between CHF 100'000 and 300'000
Two steps evaluation with:
- Deadline pre-proposal: 20January 2022
- Deadline full-proposal: 12 May 2022
Call for Research Partnership Grants with South Asia and Iran
The ZHAW as Leading House in Switzerland promote the following call:
Research Partnership Grants aim to offer support to Swiss researchers who are interested in entering into research collaborations with institutional partners located in any of the nine countries that fall within the mandate region of this Leading House: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Target group: Researchers of an University in Switzerland with cooperations in the countries above
Target: Set up of cooperations
max. Budget per application: CHF 35'000
max. duration: 12 months
Beginning: during 2022
Deadline: 15 January 2022
Evaluation: End of March 2022
Istituto Svizzero, Recidencies: 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 2022 / 2023 offers the following residency options for Rome, Milan and Palermo.
- Place of stay: Villa Maraini, Rome (Istituto Svizzero)
- Duration: 5 and 10 months
- Period: September 2022 until July 2023
- Place of stay: a flat in Milan
- Duration: ca. 6 months
- Period: October 2022 until April 2023
- Place of stay: Palazzo Butera
- Duration: 3 months
- Period: September until December 2022
Conditions for all
- Target group, researcher: Candocs and postdocs; humanities, social and natural sciences
- Age limit: 40 years
- Deadline: 7 Februar 2022
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.
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. Postdoc Grants from October 2021 on:
SNSF Advanced Grants (=ERC Advanced Grant)
- Call: 1 October 2021
- Deadline: 1 December 2021
SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships (=Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships Actions (MSCA) )
- Qualification: PhD, not more than 8 years postdoc experience
- Research place: University, Switzerland
- Duration: 12 - 24 months
- Grant: Postdoctoral fellow's salary (incl. social security contributions, research costs)
- Call: 15 October 2021
- Deadline: 15 December 2021
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.
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: 14 March 2022
Submission deadline autumn 2022: 03 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.
- Spring deadline 2022
- Submission: 14 March 2022
- FoKo meeting: 07 April 2022
- Autumn deadline 2022
- Submission: 03 October 2022
- FoKo meeting: 27 October 2022
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)
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.zgraggen@ 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
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