[ SPHN & PHRT I Joint call for proposals: National Data Streams I Research Funding ]


Event details

Date and time 22.08.2021  
Category Call for proposal
Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) and ETH Strategic Focus Area Personalized Health and Related Technologies” (PHRT) have launched a joint call for proposals for National Data Streams (NDS).

With its joint call for proposals, SPHN and PHRT invites multidisciplinary consortia to invest into developing a sustainable and reusable data landscape to support present and future research projects. The call is open to applicants from all disciplines of data-driven health research.

NDS are multidisciplinary consortia research structures involving a national network of clinical and science/engineering partners. NDS that build on pre-existing infrastructures and data sets are preferred, and should encompass clinical as well as analytical (e.g., multi-omics) data. NDS data must be made FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) and of good quality suited for scientific analysis.

SPHN and PHRT will together allocate up to CHF 20 million. Each NDS can be funded for up to 36 months with a total of up to CHF 3-5 million from SPHN and PHRT (max. CHF 2.5 million from SPHN and PHRT each, excl. matching funds).The funding regulations of both programs, SPHN and PHRT, must be fulfilled to receive the full amount:
  • Funding by SPHN requires matching contributions by the applicants’ institutions.
  • Funding by PHRT requires full participation of affiliates of the ETH Domain in the NDS consortium.

Who can apply:
  • Each proposal submission requires the designation of a main applicant (designated NDS director) responsible for corresponding with SPHN and, if applicable, a second main applicant from the ETH Domain (designated NDS co-director) responsible for corresponding with PHRT.
  • The main applicants need to be employed as faculty (or equivalent) for the entire duration of the project at a higher education institution (ETH/EPFL, universities, universities of applied sciences), or university hospital in Switzerland.
  • Main applicants must have proven experience in managing large and ambitious clinical research environments.
  • Faculties, PIs or group leaders (or similar) employed at SPHN partner institutions, i.e., Swiss higher education institutions (ETH Domain, universities, universities of applied sciences) and university hospitals act as co-applicants for NDS proposals and are fully eligible to receive SPHN funding.
  • Wider participation of various institutions is desired. As a general rule, costs for all associated applicants combined should not exceed 20% of the total grant from SPHN.
  • For-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with an NDS consortium led by a SPHN partner institution and may participate as associated applicants on a project basis; however, they must cover their efforts with their own resources.

Funding and duration: Max. CHF 5 million for 36 months

Eligible costs:
  • Personnel costs, including costs of project management.
  • 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 building the necessary infrastructures.
  • Research costs incurred by ETH Domain consortium members should be covered by PHRT.
  • No overheads shall be paid for SPHN-funded projects.

Submission process:
  • The selection process comprises two steps:
    • Submission and evaluation of outline proposals
    • Submission and evaluation of full proposals
  • From the received outline proposals, five to six applications will be selected for submitting a full proposal. Of those, three to four NDS projects can be funded
  • Applications must be submitted to [email protected] (for SPHN funding applications) or to [email protected] and [email protected] (for SPHN and PHRT funding applications).

Timeline of the call:
  • Submission deadline for outline proposals: 22 August 2021
  • Invitation to submit a full proposal: Mid-November 2021
  • Submission deadline for full proposals: 27 February 2022
  • Final selection: End of May 2022

Ask your NDS-related questions during the NDS workshop on Monday 21 June 2021, 10-13h. In addition, the NDS program will be introduced in detail. Register for the workshop here and, preferably, submit your questions in advance to [email protected]. The workshop will be recorded and uploaded to the SPHN YouTube channel.

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 letters templates in the EPFL Toolkit.

Please contact [email protected] for personalised advice.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free



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