SNSF Consolidator Grant

The SNSF Consolidator Grants 2023 target researchers who wanted to apply for a 2023 ERC Consolidator Grant, in replacement of this funding scheme.

This document describes the process for getting support from the Institute of Physics (IPHYS) to apply as an external candidate or as an IPHYS (non-professor) scientist. EPFL professors   can refer to the SNSF Consolidator Grants application toolkit for their own application process.


SNSF Consolidator Grant applicants who would like to work at IPHYS must first be approved by the hosting institute. IPHYS will consider applications on a case-by-case basis.

SNSF Consolidator Grant applicants who would like to be hosted at IPHYS must first be approved by the hosting institute according to the process described below.

SNSF Consolidator Grant applicants must be hosted by a research unit and should therefore first obtain support from the host professor.

Upon successful application, SNSF Consolidator Grant awardees will receive  the title of Research and Teaching Associate. They have the right to supervise PhD-thesis involved in their project.

Internal applicants already working at EPFL must beware that the total duration of employment (CDD) at EPFL requires special exception beyond 6 years and can in no circumstances exceed 9 years.


For the purpose of the internal procedure, a supporting professor  needs to endorse the application. This supporting professor must be ready to take over the supervision and funding of the involved PhD students should the grant holder leave EPFL. Moreover, the supporting professor needs to state in a support letter (using the template provided in the application toolkit) that they commit to provide the necessary space, infrastructure, and administrative support for the success of the proposed project.

To seek support of the institute for application, candidates should send to the institute director (at [email protected]) the following documents: CV with publication list, short summary of main achievements to date (max. 1 page), outline of proposed project (max. 3 pages), reasons for IPHYS as host (max. 1 page), support letter by supporting professor (using the template provided in the application toolkit). This should be done as soon as possible but no later than 19/09/2023.

If the application is supported by IPHYS, the applicant is notified and can send their file together with the support letter to the Research Office to obtain the EPFL commitment letter.

The application toolkit contains all details of the EPFL . Please read all the documents carefully, follow the instructions and make sure that your application file fulfils all the requirements. Incomplete files will not be considered. If you have questions regarding the IPHYS procedure, please contact Blandine Jérôme ([email protected], +41 21 69 33376). If you have questions regarding the application toolkit, please contact the Research Office ([email protected]).

Timeline & deadlines

IPHYS deadlines are at midnight on the indicated date.  Files received after the deadline will not be considered.

SNSF pre-registration deadline (mandatory): September 15th, 2023 (17h)

IPHYS internal application deadline: September 19th, 2023

EPFL internal deadline: October 2nd, 2023

SNSF application deadline: October 16th, 2023 (17h)


EPFL toolkit for SNSF Consolidator Grants

SNSF Consolidator Grants