Swiss Polar Institute I Technogrants 2022


Event details

Date 19.10.2022  
Category Conferences - Seminars

The Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) was created to provide services to and promote synergies within the polar community in Switzerland.

With Technogrants, SPI supports Swiss groups developing technologies relevant for research in polar regions (and other extreme environments such as remote high-altitude regions). Technogrants can also serve the improvement and adaptation of technologies to extreme environments, or support new technological developments to be used in the field for polar or remote high-altitude research.

In 2022, SPI has dedicated a total budget of CHF 150’000.- to fund technology development relevant for polar science, the Arctic and Antarctic, according to the SPI’s high latitude focus.

Who can apply:

  • The grants are open from Master’s students to senior researchers based at a Swiss public research institution.
  • Applications are submitted by a Principal Investigator (PI), which will be SPI’s contact person within his/her institution. In case of a submission by a Master’s student, the application has to be overseen by a supervisor.
  • Private companies and start-ups are eligible to join the project as partners but should work within a project coordinated by a PI employed at a Swiss public research institution.

Funding: maximum CHF 75’000.-. The grants can be used to complement the funding of initiatives supported by larger funding schemes (e.g. SNSF, EU, etc.).

Eligible costs:
  • All costs related to the conception, development, field testing (especially in the extreme environments of polar or remote high-altitude regions in which it is supposed to operate), upgrading and adjusting of science support technologies in a broad sense.
  • Travel and logistics costs for field testing purposes. The SPI also considers the offset of carbon emissions as an eligible cost, if not an option offered by the institution of affiliation of the applicant.
  • Costs relating to salaries of permanent academic positions, overhead as well as the acquisition of long- term asset are not eligible.

Submission process:
  • Complete the online application form (contact, main information and proposal)
  • Attachments to be uploaded into online application form as PDF:
    • Letters of support
    • CVs of the applicant and main partners, incl. publication lists as PDF

Submission deadline: 19 October 2022 (12:00 Swiss time)

For more information and application, please have a look at the call webpage, the call guidelines, the online application form and past grantees.

Please contact [email protected] for any additional questions.


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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