Funding opportunities

You will find below funding opportunities related to the development of Open Science projects

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Researchers from any EPFL school can apply to the fundings below.


Open Science Calls

ETH Domain and swissuniversities

The ETH Domain and swissuniversities and jointly organize the Swiss Open Research Data Grants programme. The collaboration enables coherent and broad bottom-up support for ORD practices across disciplines and higher education institutions in Switzerland, thereby facilitating the creation of synergies and complementarities.

Below you will find more information on the open Calls for Proposals for the two paths. EPFL applicants are eligible for both. If a call is open via ETH Domain and swissuniversities at the same time, EPFL applicants will follow the ETH Domain path for evaluation

Explore projects allow early phase exploration, testing and prototyping of what an ORD practice could be like. They will enable starting to engage with a community without necessarily building up something definitive. The aim is to help our researchers to explore if ORD practices can be developed and how.

The overall budget must not exceed 150kCHF. This is the total cost of the project (including in-kind contributions), not the amount of funding the applicants will receive.

Duration: up to 18 months. All applicants must start working on the project
within 6 months of its approval.

Applications are done via the EPFL Application portal.

Next call: late 2023 / early 2024

This call is aimed at early-phase exploration as well as the testing and prototyping of a potential ORD practice. It allows for engagement with a community without necessarily creating a final product. The objective is to help researchers explore if and how ORD practices can be developed.

Duration: up to 18 months, max. until the end of 2024.

The total cost of the project must not exceed 150kCHF.

Next deadline: December 31st 2022 (opens October 31st 2022).

More information coming soon.

This call enables researchers to contribute to existing open communities built on ORD principles, validate their integration into existing infrastructures (also on an international scale), and focus on their potential to improve scientific impact and technical quality.

The total cost of the project must not exceed 30kCHF.

Deadline: December 12th 2022.

Applications are done via the EPFL Application portal.

Application guidelines

Project proposals must not exceed 6 pages excluding bibliography. You can access the Project proposal template online.

This call enables researchers to contribute to existing open communities built on ORD principles, validate their integration into existing infrastructures (also on an international scale), and focus on their potential to improve scientific impact and technical quality.

The total cost of the project must not exceed 30kCHF.

Deadline:  December 12th 2022 (opens October 2022).

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The purpose of  this call is to fund proposals that provide tools – including software, hardware, protocols, standards, benchmarks, documentation and training materials, networking, educational facilities and resources – to enable, facilitate, and promote the sharing of research data based on ORD principles.

Duration: up to 18 months, max. until the end of 2024.

The total cost of the project must not exceed 150kCHF.

Deadline: closed

Application guidelines

CHIST-ERA Open Research Data Call

This call tackles the challenge of Open & Re-usable Research Data & Software from the perspective of the possible reuse of data, with the objective of creating the conditions for research in any domain based on open or shared data and software.

Applicants should address at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Create, enrich or prepare ‘reference data sets’
  • ‘Editorialization’ of data
  • Processes and tools to describe, share, reference and archive software source code

The call requires the formation of a consortium between at least 3 of the participating countries, which are each funded by their national funding organisations.

Information webinars will take place on October 3rd and November 28th at 14 CET.

Deadline: December 14th 2022, 17:00 CET

Hasler Foundation Support

The purpose of the Hasler Foundation is to promote information and communications technology (ICT) for the well-being and benefit of Switzerland as an intellectual and industrial centre. The Foundation aims to play an active role in ensuring that Switzerland continues to take a leading position in science and technology in the future.

The Foundation provides its support by financing or co-financing selected educational, research and innovation projects and undertakings in the field of ICT.

Research projects can be submitted at any time.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – Open Source Software fo Science 2020

No open call at the moment.

“The velocity of science and pace of discovery increase as scientists build on each others’ discoveries. We support a culture of open science that shares results, experimental methods, open source software and biological resources as early as possible to accelerate scientific progress.

Our open source science work aims to accelerate the pace of scientific progress. Part of that is making sure researchers have access to reliable information and sustainable open source infrastructure. We support platforms where researchers can quickly and openly disseminate methods, tools, preprints (draft scientific papers), and other research outputs. We also partner with organizations contributing to the infrastructure underlying open science and serving the needs of communities around the world.”

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Open-access publishing

SNSF

The SNSF has available grants to fund Open Access publications in scientific Journals, books and book chapters.

More information about the SNSF Open Access policy

For publications from projects funded by SNSF grants, the Foundation supports researchers in making their articles freely available without limitations or delays by paying the Article Processing Charges (APCs) in peer reviewed journals.

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The SNSF supports finances the publication of scientific books that are freely accessible without limitations or delays. Book Processing Charges are awarded for scientific publications regardless of whether the underlying research results were obtained in research projects funded by the SNSF or not.

Peer-reviewed monographs (including dissertations, habilitations, legal commentaries and editions) and anthologies qualify for funding. The cost of publisher services for quality control, book production and distribution are covered by a book processing charge (BPC).

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The SNSF finances book chapters that result from an SNSF-funded research project and are published in a peer-reviewed open access anthology.

Coverage of publication fees can be requested as book chapter processing charges (BCPCs).

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Crowdfunding

Science Booster program

Science can also go forward through citizen participation. Indeed, you can fund projects via the crowdfunding platform wemakeit.com, and benefit from a Science Booster from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to match the amount you raised (up to 5,000 CHF) in order to double your funds!

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Past funding calls

EPFL Open Science Fund

The EPFL Presidency dedicated a total of CHF 3 Mio over the period 2019-2021 to promote open and reproducible research at EPFL through the bottom-up adoption of best practice in research management and knowledge dissemination.

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Several EPFL teams were awarded grants in 2018 and 2019 to develop OS projects

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