[ Swiss Research Foundation for Electricity and Mobile Communication | Research funding ]
Since 2000, the Swiss Research Foundation for Electricity and Mobile Communication (FSM), based at ETHZ, has been promoting scientific research into technologies that generate and use ElectroMagnetic Fields (EMF). Examples of these technologies are electric power supply installations and equipment as well as radio-based services such as mobile telecommunications. EMF is also engaged in the publication and communication of the results of its research. It is also a competent point of contact for questions about EMF for individuals and institutions in business, politics and society at large.
Every year, the foundation launches a call for proposals to supports empirical studies on questions about the perception, acceptance, or utilization of EMF technologies, and/or the impact of mobile communication technologies on, for instance, human language or behavior. Proposals in the area of risk-communication are also welcome. The projects may address both ELF and/or RF technologies. Of special interest are proposals focusing on 5G.
Who can apply: any applicant employed at public and private research institutions in Switzerland and abroad. Have a look at past supported projects.
Funding: max. CHF 150’000
- Eligible costs: personnel and special expenses for fieldwork (equipment, consumable material, expenses, etc.).
- Does NOT cover standard equipment (office equipment, laboratory apparatus), conference trips and overheads.
Duration: no upper or lower limit.
Deadline pre-proposals: 1 September (every year)
Decision pre-proposals: mid October
Deadline full proposals: November (upon invitation)
Decision full proposals: December
- An external body, the Scientific Committee, decides on the research funding awards. The foundation is supported, among others, by Swisscom, Sunrise and Orange. FSM’s financial backers are not members of the Scientific Committee nor are they informed about the Committee’s deliberations.
- Since its inception in 2000, FSM has reviewed 187 applications and awarded 46 projects with a total amount of CHF 5.1 million.
For further information, please have a look at the call webpage, past supported projects.