Research Funding

Explore the most popular research funding opportunities.

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Discover the new Compendium for Collaborations focusing on special funding opportunities for collaborations financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (Part 1), Horizon Europe (Part 2), and International funders (Part 3).

Discover the Foundations Compendium, an all-new guide presenting a non-exhaustive collection of Swiss and international grant-making foundations, funding research projects, scientists’ career and science communication.

Most popular funding instruments for postdoctoral fellows in Switzerland.

Funding opportunities by alphabetic order

BRIDGE Discovery is aimed at experienced researchers for basic as well as applied research in order to realise the innovation potential of research findings.

Have you earned your spurs as a young researcher and come up with an idea for developing your research results into a marketable product?

Bertarelli Foundation research funding opportunities

The Catalyst fund will support projects that aim at developing novel therapeutic approaches, such as cell and gene therapy, optogenetics, bioactive molecules, diagnostic tools, imaging techniques and implants among others.

Application deadline: to be announced
Catalyst Fund webpage

COST research technology funding opportunity epfl
European Cooperation in Science and Technology. Copyright: COST
COST Actions (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding organisation for research and innovation networks.
symposium awards latsis research epfl
Fondation latsis awards researchers and boost technology through symposiums. Copyright: Fondation Latsis

The Fondation Latsis Internationale grants CHF 40’000.- for organizing a scientific symposium.

Targeted to established, leading principal investigators who seek funding for ground-breaking projects at the frontier of knowledge.

Targeted to scientist who wants to consolidate your independence by establishing a research team and continuing to develop a success career in Europe.

Targeted to ERC grantees who want to explore the commercial or societal potential of their ERC project.

Next call deadline: Currently no calls are announced for 2021
ERC PoC webpage

Targeted to talented early-career scientist who has already produced excellent supervised work, and who is ready to work independently and shows potential to be a research leader.

Targeted to a group of two to maximum four Principal Investigators (PIs) – of which one will be designated as the corresponding PI (cPI) – working together and bringing different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems.

Next call deadline: (expected 2022)
ERC SyG webpage

Eurostars joint transnational call for proposals MARCH 2022
Next call deadline: 24 March 2022 (13:00 GMT)

GRS research funding opportunity

The Gebert Rüf Stiftung mission is to promote Switzerland as a top location for business and as a place to live. It supports impact-oriented entrepreneurial projects in any disciplines, as well as science outreach.

Horizon Europe is the EU funding programme for research and innovation running from 2021 to 2027 with a €100 billion budget.  The first calls for proposals are expected to be launched in April 2021.

information technology research funding opportunity
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.
national research funding opportunity

Innosuisse helps leverage your innovation: we support science-based innovation projects carried out by companies – particularly SMEs – working with public-sector research partners.

Fondation Leenaards supports people and institutions in the fields of culture, aging and biomedical science in the Lake Geneva region. The annual Leenaards Prize for Translational Medical Research is awarded to collaborative projects, which investigate a clinical problem, linking it to a component of advanced basic research.

Novartis research funding opportunity

The purpose of our Foundation is to foster medical-biological science by supporting research projects conducted at Swiss universities in the field of medicine and medically oriented biology/biochemistry and by co-funding research fellowships abroad.

FreeNovation supports unconventional biomedical research projects with the ultimate aim to provide healthcare solutions for patients.

The 2020 thematic call is now closed. Information regarding the 2021 call will be made available early next year at the following links:

The National Research Programmes (NRP) support coordinated research projects that contribute to the solution of urgent problems of national importance.

Your first step towards scientific independence!  The purpose of SNSF Ambizione grants is to enhance researchers’ scientific profile and to help them become scientifically independent in conducting their own research projects.

The Compendium for Collaborations focuses in particular on Funding for Collaborations financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation. You will find an exhaustive collection of renowned and lesser-known SNSF Funding instruments supporting scientific collaboration with researchers in Switzerland and abroad.  Funding is available for the usual personnel and research-related costs; for research visits, in the form of travel and living allowances; and for scientific networks.

The SNSF Starting Grant replaces Eccellenza and ERC StG. It allows outstanding researchers to lead an independent research project in any disciplines in CH with CHF 1.8M for 5 years (incl. the applicant’s salary, if applicable). Eligibility: 3 to 8 years of scientific activity after the doctoral exam.

The SNSF Professorial Fellowships replace Eccellenza and PRIMA. It allows outstanding researchers to lead an independent research project in any disciplines in CH with CHF 1M for 5 years + the applicant’s salary. Eligibility: Max. 10 years after PhD + Min. 3 years of research after PhD + Swiss link (min. 2 years of research in CH or CH nationality or Swiss degree).

  • Internal deadline: contact your host institute and school
  • Call opens: November 1, 2022
  • Stay tuned for the EPFL Applicant Workshop planned for December 15, 2022 at 12:00
  • Applicant Workshop: December 1, 2022 at 12:00
  • Deadline: February 1, 2023
  • EPFL Toolkit
  • SNSF webpage
Make your ideas reality with the SNSF! With its project funding scheme, the Swiss National Science Foundation enables researchers to independently conduct research projects with topics and goals of their own choice.
Sinergia promotes the interdisciplinary collaboration of two to four research groups that propose breakthrough research.

SPIRIT: the New SNSF programme for international scientific collaboration with countries receiving development assistance.

SNSF Supplementary measures comprise very specific, targeted funding schemes that are available to grantees of the SNSF if certain conditions are met.

ligue suisse contre le cancer funding opportunity
Copyright: SCL
The Swiss Cancer League and the Swiss Cancer Research foundation (SCL/SCR) support basic, clinical, psychosocial and epidemiological research projects on the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer.
The Grants Learning Center is your gateway to the federal grants world.

The foundation aims to have an impact on and contribute to sustainable improvement and the benefit of society. This is achieved by supporting the creation of new knowledge through cutting-edge research and the fostering of its application and dissemination. The foundation attains leverage by focusing on projects with a high potential to initiate change and impact.


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