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Bruno Z'Graggen, Research Promotion Unit Director
Focus: mobility contributions for doctoral students
Graduate Academy (GA-UniLu): First call for mobility contributions for doctoral students from 2021
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 (September).The first call for applications is out now with a submission deadline at 22 March 2021.
Submission deadline spring 2021: 22 March 2021
Submission deadline autumn 2021: 20 September 2021
More information refering the call by the GA-UniLu (at the moment only in German)
SNSF-Funding Scheme and Priorities for 2021-2024
SNSF & Innosuisse funding scheme events in November and December 2020
In November and December 2020, the SNSF and Innosuisse will organise three information events for researchers. The SNSF and Innosuisse will inform on all funding schemes (project and careers) with the opportunity on Q&A. Please use the excellent opporunity to inform yourself directly. The events will take place online using Webex on the following dates:
- 5 November 09:00 – 12:30h
- 11 November 13:30 – 17:00h
- 11 December 09:00 – 12:30h
More information and registration
Bridge: 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.
Vietnamese-Swiss Joint Research Programme
Under the bilateral cooperation programmes of the Swiss government, the SNSF is launching a call for Joint Research Projects (JRPs) together with the National Foundation for Science & Technology Development (NAFOSTED) in Vietnam.
Target group: Postdocs and professorships
Project duration: 2-3 years
Project sum: CHF 250'000
Number of projects: 10 projects
Project start: September 2021
Call date: 1 October 2020
Pre-registration: 23 November 2020
Submission deadline: 15 January 2021
SNSF Scientific Image Competition
The SNSF Scientific Image Competition encourages researchers working in Switzerland to present their works to the public and the media. The award-winning works are displayed at the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography.
Target group: Researchers
Deadline: 31 January 2021
Lead Agency Procedure: new with Croation, the Brazilian federal state of São Paulo and South Africa
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
Deadlines: 1st October and 1st April
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)
Career Funding Schemes: Instruments and Submission Deadlines
Unification of single postdoc scheme for fellowships abroad
Doc.CH: 15 March und 15 September
End of Doc.Mobility fellowships 2020 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
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
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.
The Laura Bassi Scholarship for Publications, Editing Press
The Laura Bassi Scholarship supports publications on master, doctoral and postdoc level:
Target groups: master students, doctoral students, postdocs
Contributions: master thesis $ 750, dissertations $ 2'500, articles $ 500
- 25 November 2020
- 25 March 2021
- 27 July 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
SNIS Project Call
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 2021: Covid-19: What lessons for multilateralism?
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: 21 January 2021
- Deadline full-proposal: 17 May 2021
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 2021 / 2022 offers the following residency options for Rome, Milan and Palermo.
- Place of stay: Villa Maraini, Rome (Istituto Svizzero)
- Duration: ca. 10 months
- Period: September 2021 until July 2022
- Place of stay: a flat in Milan
- Duration: ca. 6 months
- Period: October 2021 until April 2022
- Place of stay: Palazzo Butera
- Duration: 3 months
- Period: September 2021 until December 2022
Conditions for all
- Target group, researcher: Candocs and postdocs; humanities, social and natural sciences
- Age limit: 40 years
- Deadline: 1 Februar 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: 26 January 2021
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 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 call for proposals
SpeedUp 2021: 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: new CHF 25,000
Submission deadline: there are two standard FoKo deadlines for 2021.
SpeedUp-Regulations: FoKo-Guideline sheet, 4.2 c) and FoKo-submission deadlines
FoKo applications and frequently asked questions
FoKo submission deadlines 2021
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 2021
- Submission: 22 March 2021
- FoKo meeting: 15 April 2021
Autumn deadline 2021
- Submission: 27 September 2021
- FoKo meeting: 14 October 2021
Changes in FoKo research funding from 2021
Removal of the subsidiarity principle
FoKo applications for all funding instruments can now be submitted without proof of third-party funding or of attempts to acquire this.
Increase in the maximum amount: CHF 30,000
The new maximum amount for applications for complete and partial projects is CHF 30,000 (previously: CHF 20,000).
Setting of a minimum amount: CHF 1,000
There is a new minimum amount of CHF 1,000.
Maximum amount in urgent circulation procedures: CHF 12,000
The new maximum amount is CHF 12,000 (previously: CHF 8,000). The valid justification of the urgency remains important.
Increase in the SpeedUp (sabbatical for postdocs): CHF 25,000
The new amount for the replacement position is CHF 25,000 (previously: CHF 20,000).
More information: Regulations and Guideline Sheet, valid from 1st January 2021
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
The research news section of the website provides details of current calls for proposals, funding opportunities, and other information.