Novartis Foundation for Medical-Biological Research: Research Project, Fellowship Abroad & Young Investigator Grants in 2024


Event details

Date 01.01.2024 01.10.2024
Category Call for proposal
Event Language English

Established in Basel in 1943, the Novartis foundation for medical-biological research was founded to foster medical-biological science in Switzerland by means of financial support for research projects conducted at Swiss universities in the field of medicine and medically oriented biology / biochemistry.
In addition, it funds young researchers at the beginning of their careers by supporting their early stages of independency or by co-funding research fellowships abroad.

Projects with a Novartis drug as a research focus are NOT eligible. The Foundation DO NOT sponsor projects that include any Novartis products.


Applicants for grants must not have received a grant of the same kind from the Foundation within the last five years (example: if you received a grant in December 2016 (third submission deadline in 2016), you can apply again starting from the third submission date in 2021). However if you received a Fellowship Grant from the Foundation, you are free to apply for a Young Investigator Grant or a Research Project Grant within the next five years.

The annual deadlines for submission are as follows:
First submission: 2024 February 1st; 23:59:59 CET
Second submission: 2024 May 1st; 23:59:59 CET
Third submission: 2024 October 1st; 23:59:59 CET

For institutional support letter please contact the EPFL Research Office no later than two weeks prior the given submission deadline.


(1) Research projects & (2) Young Investigator Grants
The Foundation funds research projects  up to a maximum amount of CHF 80’000.00 including charged social costs for salaries. Please ensure that you include – if applicable – these costs in your budget / total amount.

  1. Salaries for research staff (i.e. PhD students, Postdocs or other staff needed), however, our contribution to research projects does not include the applicants own salary.
  2. Instruments or Intrument fees
  3. Miscellaneous (consumables, animal costs, publication fees etc.
You can download the application form here: (1) Research projects & (2) Young Investigator Grants
Further information on the requirements for application process and the scientific part of your proposal can be found on the Foundation's website.

(3) Fellowships
The Foundation grants Fellowship Grants up to a max. amount of CHF 80'000.00. They maximally fund a one-year period research stays abroad that will last more than one year. This also accounts for extensions to already running fellowships. There has to be third party funding for the additional time of the fellowship. The Foundation supports costs of living, housing etc.; the research project should be funded locally (host university / institution).

You can download the application form here. Please fill it and attach it to your application.

Send your application with all the documents mentioned above attached to the email address [email protected]. Please mention what kind of grant you are applying for in the subject line.

You are always welcome to reapply in case your application was not approved. In order to resubmit your application, send in a revised version and explain any changes made to the original in a seperate document.

For additional information, please visit the Foundation's website or contact the EPFL Research Office at [email protected].


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free

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