Calls from Switzerland

Calls from Switzerland

Second bilateral call for Joint Research Projects (JRPs) with Japan

The joint grants by SNSF and JSPS will support joint research projects between Switzerland and Japan in the thematic areas of Mathematics, Natural and Engineering Sciences. Most of the projects will run for three years and the grants of Swiss researchers will cover similar costs as project funding grants (research funds, salaries, etc.). The maximum grant is CHF 250’000 for Swiss researchers or JPY 30 million in Japan.

More information available on the webpage of SNSF

Deadline for submission: pre-proposals until 18 June 2018
Evaluation & funding decision: invitation by SNSF for full proposal (from 24.09.18)
Notification: May 2019


Call for Opportunity Grants with China, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN Region

The grants will support activities of Swiss researchers linked to specific events or incidents in China (as well as in Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, South Korea and member states of ASEAN. The call is open to all scientific disciplines and fields of research. The maximum grant is CHF 50’000 and for projects up to 12 months.

More information available on the webpage of ETH Global:

Deadline for submission:  call permanently open until 2020
Evaluation & funding decision:  rolling base
Notification and project start:  2 months after submission of application


Call for Bridging Grants with China, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN Region

There is a new call for Bridging to strengthen existing collaborations between Swiss scientists and their collaborating partners in Japan and other Asian countries.Researchers from Switzerland belonging to a university, a university of applied sciences, a university of teachers education or a research institute are eligible to apply. The maximum grant sum for one project is 25’000 CHF. Detailed information on the call and the application form are available on the webpage of ETH Global:

Timeline :
Deadline for submission:  31 December 2017
Evaluation & funding decision:  February 2018
Notification:  March 2018
Please note that a second call is planned for 2019.


European Research Council (ERC) Funding Opportunities

The ERC was created in 2007 and is part of EU’s Research and Innovation Funding Program “Horizon 2020” (H2020).

It can be used not only by researchers from universities but also from companies, international organizations or startups, regardless of age and nationality. Researchers from anywhere in the world can apply provided 50% or more of their research will be carried out in an EU Member State or an Associated Country (including Switzerland!).

Moreover, it is open to all fields of research, including high risk/high gain research; in that regard, it is different from others, more conventional funding.

The main goal of the ERC is to support young researchers through its different grant schemes:

  • The “Starting Grant” is useful for post-doctoral researchers (2-7 years after PhD) who are starting to develop an independent career and wish to establish their own team. The grant is up to €1.5 Million for 5 years.
  • The “Consolidator Grant” is for advanced post-doctoral researchers (7-12 years after PhD) who wish to have a little more independence and to consolidate their team. The grant can be up to € 2 Million for 5 years.
  • The “Advanced Grant” is made for outstanding senior researchers who are already well-established and offers up to € 2.5 Million for 5 years.
  • The “Proof of Concept Grant” helps to ensure the marketability of innovative and excellent ideas and is open only to ERC grant holders, up to € 150,000 for 18 months.
  • Finally, thanks to H2020, the ERC reopened the “Synergy Grant”, which is available for teams of scientists who wish to collaborate to address research problems. The teams must be composed of 2 to 4 scientists who can prove that their collaboration with other teams is fundamental to their project. The grant is up to € 10 billion up to 6 years.

Below are the next ERC calls for proposals:

Courtesy of Dr. Voilley

The ERC also successfully implemented arrangement funding with 9 other countries, which allow non-European researchers to visit ERC research teams. In Japan, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) signed an agreement with ERC, which means that Japanese researchers funded by JSPS can visit ERC research teams while continuing to receive stipend and support from JSPS. The ERC grant will cover other subsistence costs.


Calls: University Programs


  • 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research (SUR) Programme in biological sciences
  • Application deadline: January 31st, 2018, midnight CET.
  • Further information:

This English-taught 8-week programme (July 4th to August 29th, 2018) aims at introducing Bachelor-level students to the world of biological and biomedical research: Individual students will be each integrated in a different experimental research laboratory of the School of Biology. This 8th edition of the SUR Programme will host around 15 participants from all over the world, including a couple of local students.

A full scholarship toward tuition costs, living expenses and justified travel costs will be awarded to all selected participants.