Synapsis Foundation | Research funding on dementia research


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Date 05.05.2024
Category Call for proposal
Dementia Research Switzerland – Synapsis Foundation supports innovative research projects on Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative disorders. The call 2024 call for proposals of the synapsis foundation has now been published for two funding programmes: Career Development Award (for Advanced PostDocs) and Research Grant for Principal Investigators.
NEW IN 2024: two-step application process

  • 15 April 2024, 4pm, FAQ Zoom call (To register, write an e-mail to [email protected])
  • 5 May 2024: Submission deadline for letter of intent 
  • 10 June 2024: Invitation to submit a full proposal for the best-rated project outlines
  • 14 June 2024: Rejection letters sent to unsuccessful applicants
  • 10 July 2024: Submission deadline for full proposal
  • 23 November 2024: Decision of the Board of Trustees on projects to be funded
  • Mid December 2024: Communication to applicants regarding funding/rejection
  • January to March 2025: Preparation and signing of the grant agreements
The foundation welcomes high-risk proposals and collaborative projects involving groups from different disciplines. Proposals should investigate the following aspects of neurodegenerative diseases:
  • Research in genetics, molecular and cell biology to gain new insights into pathomechanisms
  • Clinical approaches towards an early diagnosis, new therapeutic interventions or prevention
  • Novel technological developments, including artificial intelligence/e-health
  • Psychosocial interventions for people with dementia
  • Proof-of-principle studies
Funding and duration:
  • Principal Investigator Grants:  up to CHF 300’000 for up to 3 years (e.g. CHF 100´000 per year for a three-year project)
  • Career Development Awards: Max CHF 100'000 per year for up to 4 years (covering postdoctoral and independent phases of the project)
Call documents and templates:
  • Principal Investigator Grants: Support of innovative projects of established research teams (see call document and application template)
  • Career Development Awards: Support advanced postdoctoral researchers at Swiss Universities and Research Institutions seeking to establish themselves as independent researchers in the field of neurodegenerative disorders (see call document and application template)
Submission tool found here.

  • Applications can only be submitted by scientists working at a university or other research institution located in Switzerland. In the case of Career Development Awards, funding in an EMBO Member Country is possible, but only in a second phase (following the first phase at a Swiss institution).
  • Only one project per main applicant is funded at a time 
  • Researchers can only apply if they did not receive any funds from Synapsis Foundation for at least one year at the time of application.
 More information here

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free



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