[ SNSF Projects | Research funding for individual and collaborative research in any disciplines ]

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Date 01.10.2021  
Category Call for proposal
Projects is the SNSF instrument for experienced researchers working in Switzerland who wish to obtain funding for a project of their own in any discipline.

Who can apply:
  • SNSF Projects can be held by one or more applicants. Each applicant must individually meet the following requirements:
  • PhD obtained at least 4 years prior to the application deadline or 3 years of research work. This restriction does not apply to independent researchers who can apply as soon as they get the said position. All applicants must be in a position to carry out research projects under their own responsibility and to lead project staff. Applicants must be employed at least 50% at a research institution for the duration of the project or have been given assurance of such employment in writing.
 
Funding and duration: min. CHF 50’000 (no upper limit) for 12-48 months.
 
Eligible costs:
  • personnel (scientific and technical staff; excluding the PI’s salary), research costs, equipment (for equipment costs higher than CHF 100K in total, an institutional co-financing of 50% must be obtained and you need to contact [email protected] 3 weeks prior to the deadline!), subcontracting, scientific cooperation, networking and communication.
  • Costs for open access publications are not eligible and must be requested separately via mysnf.ch (www.snf.ch/oa).
  • We would like to remind you that EPFL applies, since 2018, a flat rate salary scale of CHF 50’040 per year for doctoral students funded by SNSF grants.
  • Use the EPFL Budget Calculator to prepare your application.

Deadlines: 1 April and 1 October 2021


For further information, please have a look at the call webpage, regulations and EPFL Toolkit.

For collaborative projects with applicants based in selected countries:
  • SNSF Lead Agency: to participate in collaborative research with the State of Sao Paulo (Brazil), South Africa and the Province of South Tyrol (Deadline: 1 April 2021) and France (Deadline: Spring 2022).
  • SNSF Weave: to participate in collaborative research with two or three European countries or regions in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland and Slovenia (Deadlines: 1 April and 1 October 2021).
  • International co-investigator scheme: to fund foreign partners in collaborative projects with Denmark, Norway, Sweden, UK and the Netherlands. Deadlines: 1 April and 1 October 2021.

The SNSF offers other instruments for collaborative projects:
  • SNSF Sinergia: for interdisciplinary collaborative research in any disciplines. Deadlines: 1 June, 1 December.
  • SNSF Spirit: for collaborative research in any disciplines with countries receiving development assistance. Rolling call.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free

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