SNSF Grants & Funding Programmes

The Swiss National Science Foundation, SNSF, supports scientific research in all academic disciplines, including life sciences and medicine, through a wide range of research funding schemes.

SNSF Funding Programmes:

National Research Programmes (NRPs)

Subsidy: From CHF 300,000 – 2,000,000

Total Budget: CHF 20M

Funding Rate: 100 % (funding share requested for researchers abroad may not exceed 30% of the overall budget).

Project duration: 5 years

Consortium: Usually, a project can include up to 4 applicants per proposal. Participants should be based in Switzerland, although an international member can be included if the expertise is required for the project.

Scope: Research carried out by NRP consists of research projects that contribute to the solution of contemporary problems of national importance. SNSF has announced that a new NRP will be launched in Spring 2021 on “Advancing 3Rs – Animals, Research and Society”.

NRPs are distinguished by the following characteristics:

  • they are solution-oriented and close to the practical realm;
  • they are interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary;
  • the research projects of an NRP jointly pursue an overall goal;
  • knowledge transfer and the communication of results are valued highly.

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Investigator initiated clinical trials (IICT)

Deadline:       Pre-proposal (letter of intent): 25 May 2021

Full proposal: 1 November 2021

Project duration: Maximum of 5 years

Consortium: A trial should be initiated in Switzerland and coordinated by a Swiss research group, consisting of a maximum of 5 people. The study should involve more than 2 centres to perform the trial.

Scope: The IICT programme is targeted at researchers who wish to conduct an investigator initiated clinical trial. Support will be given to clinical studies that are of value to the patients and address important unmet medical and societal needs but are not in industry focus. These studies are designed and conducted according to the highest international standards. IICT studies go beyond the scope of project funding in terms of their research questions, comprehensive nature, duration, complexity and costs. They generally require a multicentric setting, sometimes international collaborations, and are not in the industry focus.

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SPIRIT – Swiss programme for international Research by Scientific Investigation Teams

“A new application procedure will be implemented from August 2021. Applicants will directly submit a full proposal, and the deadline is now fixed to the 2nd of November of each year.”

Deadline: 2 November

Subsidy: ~ CHF 500,000 per project

Total Budget: CHF 6M for 2021

Project duration: 2 to 4 years

Consortium: A team includes 2 to 4 participants, with at least one based in Switzerland and at least one in a partner country (List of eligible countries). The partner country does not include EU countries, Horizon Europe associated countries or countries participating in bilateral call with SNSF.

Scope: SPIRIT’s vision and mission remain unchanged. The programme continues to strengthen cross-border research that involves researchers in Switzerland and in partner countries in the global South. The SPIRIT programme facilitates knowledge exchange and opportunities to collaborate between Swiss researchers and researchers in many countries around the world.

Funding is awarded to research projects with clearly defined goals that are submitted by excellent research consortia from two to four countries. Researchers from all disciplines can apply for a SPIRIT grant; the topics are chosen by the researchers themselves. The grants contribute to the education of researchers in all participating countries. Special focus will be given to equal opportunities and the promotion of women scientists, as well as to raising awareness of gender-specific questions.

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Sinergia – Interdisciplinary, Collaborative and Breakthrough

Deadline: 1st June and 1st December

Subsidy: minimum CHF 50,000 and maximum CHF 3,2M

Project duration: 1 to 4 years

Consortium: A proposal can include 2 to 4 research groups with experience in research project management. Applicants should have a doctorate or equivalent research experience and be employed for the duration of the project by a Swiss research institution.

If the consortium includes 3 or 4 applicants, then, one member may be based outside of Switzerland if his/her expertise is essential to the project.

Scope: Sinergia grants support collaborative, interdisciplinary projects where breakthrough research is expected.

  • Collaborative: means that the relevant research goals can only be achieved if two or more applicants combine their complementary expertise and knowledge in a new, joint research approach.
  • Interdisciplinary: refers to research across disciplinary boundaries. In order to achieve the relevant research objectives, it is necessary to combine elements (theories, methods, concepts, etc.) from two or more disciplines.
  • Breakthrough: is distinguished by a high potential for shifting or invalidating paradigms. This type of research questions or goes beyond existing models, theories, doctrines, research approaches, methods, etc. It opens up new research fields and is often high-risk, high reward.

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Learn about the BRIDGE programmes, a collaboration between SNSF and Innosuisse

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