[ Swiss Research Foundation for Electricity and Mobile Communication | Research funding ]


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Date 15.08.2021  
Category Call for proposal

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.

In 2021, the FSM will award a total amount of CHF 250'000 for two innovative research projects on questions related to 5G. The focus is on the following two, non-exclusive, thematic priorities:

  1. Basic research on biological effects (in vivo, in vitro, human studies)
For example, studies investigating possible biological effects of the new 5G frequencies and signal modulation, especially in the millimeter wave range, would be of special interest.
  1. Social science studies on risk perception and acceptance of 5G
It would be interesting, for instance, to compare the rollout of 5G with the one of its predecessor technologies and to interpret why 5G raises heightened public opposition. Comparisons with other countries would be of great interest.

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 250’000
  • 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: 15 August 2021
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 FSM's funds are awarded completely independently of the foundation's sponsors, based solely on scientific criteria. Neither sponsors nor supporters of the FSM are represented on the Scientific Committee or have any insight into its work, nor can they challenge the decisions
  • Since its inception in 2000, FSM has reviewed more than 200 applications. 50 projects worth more than CHF 5 million have been funded to date.

For further information, please have a look at the call webpage, funding procedure, pre-proposal template, full-proposal template and past supported projects.

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