Funding & Fellowships

European funding sources:
European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS)
European Science Foundation (ESF)
Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSP)
Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences, Knowledge-based
Multifunctional Materials and New Production Processes
Marie Curie Fellowships from the European Union
New and emerging science and technology (NEST)
German Research Foundation (DFG)

Collaborative project funding:
Projet DURAS agricultural research particularly in Africa and Near East
EU COST international cooperation and networking
EU INCO international co-operation and projects
Sixth Framework Programme by the European Union (EU)
European Science Foundation major funding agencies from 27 countries

Swiss funding sources:
Grants for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
Swiss National Science Foundation
Fellowship for Graduate Students: GEBERT RÜF STIFTUNG
Novartis Foundation
Roch Foundation
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Postdoctoral Fellowships:

EMBO Long-term Fellowships

EMBO Short-term Fellowships
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Description: EMBO receives its budget from the following countries which form the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC): Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Special provision is also made for applications involving Cyprus. Three types of applications possible: (1) The applicant and the receiving institute are both in or from the member states. (2) Applicants from a non-member state who wish to work in a laboratory in a member state. (3) Applications from scientists from member states for support for a research project in a non-member state.

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)
<Description: Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise to approach questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientist from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences. The research teams must be international. Two types of Research Grant are available: Young Investigators' Grants are awarded to teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g. Assistant Professor, Lecturer or equivalent).

Long-term Fellowships provide young scientists with up to three years of postdoctoral research training in an outstanding laboratory in another country.

Short-term Fellowships enable researchers to move into new areas by learning state-of-the-art techniques in use abroad or by establishing new research collaborations. These fellowships can last from two weeks to three months in a foreign country.
The Life Sciences Research Foundation
Fellowship Eligibility.
Three-year fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to graduates of medical and graduate schools in the biological sciences holding M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M. or D.D.S. degrees. Awards will be based solely on the quality of the individual applicant’s previous accomplishments, and on the merit of the proposal for postdoctoral research. Persons doing a second postdoc are eligible only if they are transferring to a different supervisor’s laboratory and embarking on a new project not connected to their previous research. All U.S. citizens are eligible to apply with no geographic restriction on the laboratory of their choice. Foreign applicants will be eligible for study in U.S. laboratories. LSRF fellows must carry out their research at nonprofit
institutions. This fellowship cannot be used to support research that has any patent commitment or other kind of agreement with a commercial profit-making company. LSRF fellows can change projects, laboratories, and/or institutions during the fellowship as long as the eligibility rules listed here are not violated. A person holding a faculty appointment is not eligible to apply for an LSRF fellowship.
Note: There can be no more than one LSRF fellow in any one laboratory at a time. If a laboratory contains an LSRF fellow, no other applicant intending to work in that particular lab would be eligible to apply. However, multiple applicants may apply from a lab which does not contain an LSRF fellow (but only one fellowship would be awarded). Please verify this matter with your intended supervisor.

The fellowship cannot be used to support research that has a patent commitment or involves any other kind of agreement with a commercial, profit-making company. Any patentable discovery from the individual’s research becomes the property of the institution where the research is conducted.
Travel Fellowships:
a. Swiss Society for Neuroscience
b.Travel grants of the Swiss Society for Biochemistry

Short Term Fellowships:
a. Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)
b. Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)