Fondation Bertarelli Catalyst Fund

The third call for proposals is now open with a deadline for applications on 30 June 2020, 17:00 CET (extended from 19 May 2020).

Diseases and injuries can severely affect the functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems as well as the sensory organs. To develop novel therapeutic approaches – gene therapy, optogenetics, bioactive molecules, diagnostic tools, imaging techniques, or implants, among others – the Fondation Bertarelli has donated CHF 5 millions to create a Catalyst Fund. This fund is designed to foster innovative research and the development of life-saving treatments for diseases (including rare diseases) affecting the brain, the spinal cord, the peripheral nervous system, and the sensory organs.

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This third call for proposals is targeted at research projects (including basic research approaches) focusing on diagnostic procedures and/or therapeutic interventions for diseases/disabilities affecting the central and peripheral nervous systems and the sensory organs.

Projects can be collaborative, and a preference will be given to new projects.

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Main eligibility criteria

Projects are open to one or more applicants from academic institutions of Western Switzerland (Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel, Valais, Vaud), with preferably some components of the project being implemented at Campus Biotech.

Projects involving an academic institution in the rest of Switzerland or in Europe will also be considered provided:

  • the principal research is conducted in collaboration with an academic institution of Western Switzerland and
  • the principal research, or at least part of it, is conducted at Campus Biotech.
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Available funding

Four to six projects will be funded for a duration of 24 months.

Budgets will be in the range of CHF 300’000 total per project.

Eligible costs include and are limited to:

  • Personnal costs
  • Travel and conference costs
  • Scientific equipment(s) and other infrastucture of durable value
  • Research funds

Check the application guidelines for more details.

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How to apply

Please read carefully the application guidelines.

All required documents must be submitted on the online submission platform.

All documents must be submitted in English.

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Application deadline

The submission deadline for the third call for proposals is 30 June 2020 (17:00 CET) (extended from 19 May 2020).

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Selection process

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee chaired by Professor Pierre Magistretti and comprising three other members to be jointly appointed by the chairman and the Fondation Bertarelli.

The earliest starting date for successful projects is 1 November 2020 (extended from September 2020).


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