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15 September 2015
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF): News and Important changes in 2016

The Swiss National Science Foundation is preparing and launching some important innovations in the funding strategy that will interest all researchers. Please read carefully this special edition of the Research Service Newsletter to find all information.


In autumn 2016, the SNSF will introduce changes to project funding. The changes will take effect as of 1st October 2016, together with the first dedicated regulations on project funding.
The innovations in project funding concern the project duration (up to four years), the larger degree of flexibility as regards the use of grants and the restriction on the number of applications and projects per person and deadline.
A second round of information providing details of the innovations in project funding is planned for the end of February 2016.

For a summary of the important changes see here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Benedetto Lepori.



The SNSF Program Sinergia will be re-positioned and new regulations will be issued for the next submission deadline on 1st June 2016. Moreover, the Interdisciplinary Projects scheme will be integrated into the Sinergia program; the last submission deadline for the Interdisciplinary Project scheme is 1st October 2015.
The new Sinergia programs include collaborative and interdisciplinary projects where breakthrough research is expected. If compared with current Sinergia, mono-disciplinary collaborative projects are not any more eligible and there is a stronger emphasis on the innovative character of research and its potential for breakthrough advances in scientific knowledge.

More detailed information will be published by the SNSF in autumn 2015. For a summary of the important changes see here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Benedetto Lepori.



On 24th June 2015, the Federal Council approved three new NRPs and has instructed the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to implement them. The three new NRPs are:

  • “Smarter Health Care”
  • “Antimicrobial Resistance: a One Health Approach”
  • “Big Data”,

For a detailed description of the Programs click here.

A call for proposals for each program is due to be launched in the second part of September 2015; interested research groups will have three months in which to submit their project outlines (submission process with two stages: 1. Project outlines, 2. Research application). The research is expected to start in autumn 2016 and continue for a period of 4-5 years.

For more information, please contact Dr. Benedetto Lepori.



The SNSF produce every four years a Multi-Year Program in which it sets out its plans to strengthen and develop Swiss research and contribute to enhacing its already excellent reputation during the 2017-2020 planning period. The Multi-Year Program is a planning instrument submitted to the federal authorities and forms the basis on which the Swiss parliament awards funds to the SNSF for the relevant period.

Decisions are not yet taken, but for the period 2017-2020 the SNSF would like to make some important changes in relation to careers schemes and programs. Details will be available at the beginning of 2017.

Click here to see the SNSF Multi-Year Program 2017-2020.

For more information, please contact Dr. Benedetto Lepori.



Important Calls

1 October 2015

30 October 2015

1 June 2016