SPHN I Call for Demonstrator projects


Event details

Date 31.08.2022  
Category Call for proposal

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is launching his new call for proposals on “Demonstrator projects” aiming at using the SPHN infrastructures, processes, and frameworks, to demonstrate the utility and fit-for-purpose of those SPHN ecosystem elements and to identify gaps.

Demonstrator projects in the following two areas are eligible for funding:

  1. Infrastructure components: Operational application (in daily practice) or transferability (to another setting) of infrastructure components, systems or tools developed locally along the goals of SPHN or as part of SPHN-funded projects
  1. Routine healthcare data: Leveraging the potential and validating the use of routine healthcare data from the UH Clinical Data Warehouses (CDW) for translational and clinical research projects, clinical trials (proof-of-principle studies), or other real-world use cases

Demonstrator projects could synergize with ongoing SPHN projects, projects funded by the ETH Domain «Strategic Focus Area in Personalized Health and Related Technologies» (PHRT), or research projects funded through other instruments and organizations.

Demonstrator projects shall not build new infrastructure from scratch, but consolidate what has been started, complement missing links, and assess applicability and impact on clinical decision making and personalized health research.

Who can apply:
  • Each proposal submission requires the designation of a main responsible for corresponding with SPHN and for setting up and managing the consortium.
  • Main applicant and co-applicants need to be employed as PI / group leader (or similar) for the entire duration of the project at a higher education institution (ETH/EPF, universities, universities of applied sciences), or university hospital in Switzerland
  • Co-applicants are fully eligible to receive SPHN funding
  • Associated applicants are employed at other research institutions or hospitals. As a general rule, costs for all associated applicants combined should not exceed 20% of the total grant from SPHN.
  • For-profit organizations can collaborate with a consortium led by a SPHN partner institution and may participate as co- or associated applicants on a project basis; however, they must cover their efforts with their own resources.

Funding and duration: Max. CHF 500’000.- for 18 months

Eligible costs:
  • Personnel costs, including costs of project management.
  • Cost for services from data providers (e.g., Clinical Data Warehouses, multi-omics and other analysis platforms)
  •  Equipment costs linked to the development and implementation of the research data management systems (IT hardware, software and licenses).
  • Usage fees linked to the usage of IT resources.
  • Costs related to information management and data analysis.
  • Costs for disseminating results and implementing feedback loops to clinicians and other health decision makers
  • No overheads shall be paid for SPHN-funded projects.

Other requirements:
Timeline of the call:
  • Submission deadline: 31 August 2022 (23:59 CET)
  • Final selection: End of November 2022

Important: Applicants requesting funding from SPHN must provide a Commitment letter signed by the legal representative of the institution. Please contact the Research Office by 22 August 2022 at the latest.

For more information and application, please have a look at the call webpage and the call guidelines. You will find all application forms, budget and support letter template in the EPFL Toolkit.

Please contact [email protected] for personalised advice.


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free

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