SBB – Call for proposals

The 1st SBB – EPFL Research initiative call is now open

The call for proposals is open to EPFL Laboratories.

The core of the initiative is to initiate and support innovative research projects in focus areas defined by the scientific committee with the prospect of becoming joint research activities.  

The submission process following the Calls for Proposals will be a two-step process that may include an exchange between the principal investigator and the scientific committee

Call schedule

Dates   Action
16.05.2024   Call Opening 
30.06.2024   Deadline for submission of expression of interest
31.07.2024   Scientific Committee Decision on Expression of Interest 
30.08.2024   Deadline for project proposals
13.09.2024   Scientific Committee decision on project proposals
01.10.2024   Project start


The SBB – EPFL Research Initiative will finance seed projects with a budget of up to 120 kCHF, with a 20% overhead included, typically aiming at covering the salary of one post-doc for 1 year. Up to 3, potentially 4, selected proposals will be funded.”

Project selection criteria

Preferred projects are feasibility investigations in preparation of larger long-term research projects.

Application will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Fit to the call topics
  • Scientific quality
  • Relevance of problem for application
  • Prospect of proposal (realistic plan, likelihood of collaboration and potential follow-up).

Focus Areas


Should you be interesed, please find below the Expression of Interest template as well as the Project Proposal Template. Once your document is complete, please upload it on the SBB-EPFL Research Initiative drive.

Should you have any question in regards to your submission to the SBB – EPFL Research Initiative Call, please contact [email protected]


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