SAMW Young Talents in Clinical Research | Career Funding


Event details

Date 30.06.2024
Category Call for proposal

With the «Young Talents in Clinical Research» program, the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) and the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation aim at encouraging young medical doctors to venture into clinical research by funding «protected time for research» and «project grants» at a clinic in Switzerland.

Research fields eligible for support: Clinical research, including quality-controlled scientific investigations on human physiology, pathophysiology or disease; epidemiologic and behavioral studies; outcomes or health services research; studies on the development of new technologies; and clinical trials. Basic research is NOT eligible.
Funding instruments:

  1. You must first apply for a Beginner grant: finances «protected research time», max. CHF 75’000 for 12-24 months.
  2. Subsequently, you can apply for a Project grant: finances a consecutive research project,  max. CHF 40’000 per year for up to 24 months.

Who can apply:
  • Beginner grant: Assistant doctors working in Switzerland having obtained their medical degree no more than five years before the submission deadline, and who have not been involved in clinical research except during their undergraduate medical studies and/or during their MD thesis.
  • Project grant: subsequently, Beginner grant grantees can apply for a Project grant, provided that they have obtained their medical degree no more than 8 years before the submission deadline.
  • Applicants enrolled in a PhD or MD-PhD in clinical research are NOT eligible.
  • Exceptions to the eligibility window are possible in justified cases.
  • You cannot apply and you cannot hold the Beginner and the Project grants at the same time.

Eligible costs
  • Beginner grant: covers the applicant’s salary, but no consumables and equipment.
  • Project grant: covers consumables and equipment, but not the applicant’s salary.

Deadline: 30 June 2024
Earliest start: 1 January 2025
Latest start: 1 January 2026

  • Fill out the online application form following the guidelines and FAQ (incl. evaluation criteria).
  • Join a budget specifying the percentage of your salary reserved for research.
  • Join letters of support from an experienced mentor at the host clinic and from the responsible department
  • The complete list of attachments is available in the application form.

For more information, please have a look at the call webpage and at past successful grantees.


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free



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