Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) | Research Program Energy-Economy-Society


Event details

Date 21.02.2022  
Category Call for proposal

The Energy-Economy-Society (EES) research programme of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) promotes application-oriented research in the field of energy policy. To this end the EES focuses on economic, social, psychological and political issues throughout the energy sector supply chain.

For its 2021-2022, researchers are invited to submit research proposals in one of the following fields:

  1. Sustainable finance for the energy transition
  2. Consumer behaviour and energy demand
  3. Energy transition and equity
  4. Digitalisation and the energy transition

Projects can concentrate on one aspect of the fields proposed and do not have to treat all sub-points and research questions listed. Only projects with a focus on social science and humanities shall be considered for funding. The projects should address questions relevant for Switzerland.

Who can apply
The call is addressed to universities (including ETH-domain), universities of applied science, further research organizations and the private sector in Switzerland. The participation of young scientists, and particularly PhD students, in the research teams is encouraged.

Proposals from working groups including specialists from different fields are welcome (the contact person should be specified). Universities, universities of applied sciences, further research organisations and the private sector based outside Switzerland are welcome to apply. They however have to do so in a consortium with at least one Swiss partner and work on research questions relevant for Switzerland.

Supported projects typically receive public funding in the order of 100–300 kCHF and have a duration between 24 and 36 months.

Own and third-party contributions (in-kind and/or cash) have to be indicated at the pre-proposal submission and formally confirmed at the full proposal submission.

Eligible costs
Internal costs for staff (see Appendix 1 and for PhD Student, please use the EPFL internal hourly rates), research costs and costs for equipment, services and other expenses. Overheads are not eligible.

Submission and deadline
The call follows a two-stage submission and evaluation procedure. If the pre-proposal is selected after evaluation, the applicant is invited to submit a full proposal.

Pre-proposal submission deadline: 21 February 2022 at 12:00 (noon) CET

Use the official pre-proposal template available on the call webpage. Application documents must be submitted electronically to [email protected].

For further information: please visit the call webpage, and read carefully the call Guidelines and the Directive on the submission and evaluation of applications for financial support of energy research, pilot and demonstration projects. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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