Fondation Leenaards | Leenaards Prize for Translational Medical Research: Call for Proposals 2025


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Date 04.03.2024
Category Call for proposal

The amount at disposal is 1.4 million CHF to be distributed between 2-3 innovative projects. Supported research team(s) will be free to plan the use of the funds over the duration of the projects.

The project must:

  • Investigate a clinical or health problem from an original angle including pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention or therapy.
  • Associate clinical and basic research.
  • Include a human research component.
  • Stand on its own, but it can be embedded in the context of an existing project.

Who can apply:
  • At least one group at a university hospital (CHUV or HUG) and one group at an academic institution (e.g. EPFL, UNIL, UNIGE) of the Lake Geneva Region; the third applicant can be based outside of this region. Preference is given to new collaborations.
  • The PI must be a clinical scientist (MD, MD-PhD, or PhD, below the age of 45), with an established research track, who has demonstrated her or his capacity as an independent investigator to lead original clinical research
  • The project’s co-applicants (max. 2), preferably also at a relatively early stage in their careers, will have shown their skills in their respective fields. Their contributions in the project must be clearly specified.
  • All applicants must hold a “stable position” for the entire duration of the project.
  • Applicants who have been granted the «Leenaards Prize for Translational Medical Research» during the last 3 years (2021–2023) are not eligible, and the project cannot be an extension of a previous Leenaards project.

Funding and duration per project: CHF 500’000 - 700’000 for up to 36 months (not renewable).

  1. Deadline for Letter of Intent, a budget and a short CV: 4 March 2024.
  2. Pre-selection: 3 April 2024.
  3. Internal deadline for Institutional Support Letter: 13 May 2024 (contact [email protected])
  4. Deadline for Full Proposals: 29 May 2024
  5. Final Decision: end of September 2024.
  6. Beginning of the Project: early January 2025.

For more information have a look at the call webpage, call document, the EPFL Toolkit, composition of the Jury and past granted projects.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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