Calls from Switzerland

Calls from Switzerland

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.

You can find more details on the different programs and grants here.

    • Call for Hydrogen joint hydrogen related research between Japan and Switzerland

Call document [PDF]
Application deadline: Tuesday 14th November, 18:00 (Japanese time)
Further information:SNSF website & JST website

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is currently calling for joint research project proposals from Japanese-Swiss collaborative teams on the subject of “Hydrogen as a renewable energy carrier” and other hydrogen related technologies. The call is part of the Strategic Japanese-Swiss Science and Technology Programme, which aims to bring together Swiss and Japanese researchers on specific research questions.

The main purpose of the exchange program is to foster and facilitate the direct exchange between Japanese and Swiss research groups and to enable the mobility of young researchers such as PhD students. The program will fund research stays for a duration of 3-6 months and is open to all scientific fields including social sciences and humanities.

Calls: University Programs

      • Executive Maser Program in Global Supply Chain Management 2018
      • Application deadline: 30 September 2017 for non-Swiss students
      • Further information:

This Executive Master provides all participants with the know-how, the competence necessary for the planning and implementation of logistical projects at the strategic as well as the operational levels. This course is conceived for University graduates (Master’s degree or equivalent titles) who wish to gain an additional special education in logistics. A continuing education program is also organized


Discover how science and technology help us reduce disaster risk and increase resilience. This course aims to introduce participants to existing and emerging technologies suitable for disaster risk reduction while promoting the overall aim of sustainable development. The course focuses on three main natural hazards- floods, landslides and earthquakes. It also discusses the challenges and limits of adapting and adopting technologies depending on context (Global North and Global South) with examples from Switzerland, Nepal, Colombia, Philippines and other countries.


The MAS in Intercultural Communication (MIC) is a part-time post-graduate program for professionals engaged in managing operational or strategic situations in a multicultural context and in managing multicultural human resources.
Deadline: Candidates are advised to apply as early as possible, at least two months before the beginning of the program.