Explore the most popular research funding opportunities.
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.
- Next call deadlines: May 17, 2021
- BRIDGE Discovery webpage
Have you earned your spurs as a young researcher and come up with an idea for developing your research results into a marketable product?
- Next call deadlines: June 7, 2021
- BRIDGE Proof of Concept webpage
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
- Next call deadline: October 29, 2021 (collection date)
- COST Actions webpage
The Fondation Latsis Internationale grants CHF 40’000.- for organizing a scientific symposium.
- Next call deadline: March 1 (each year)
- Latsis Symposium webpage
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
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.
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.
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.
- SNSF NRP webpage
- Next call deadline: August 3, 2021 at 17:00
- NRP 79 “Advancing 3R – Animals, Research and Society” – Application Toolkit.
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).
SNSF Supplementary measures comprise very specific, targeted funding schemes that are available to grantees of the SNSF if certain conditions are met.
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.