Funding Opportunities for Research Collaboration

What can you do with 68.9 million Swiss francs? Support scientific collaboration! That’s what the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) did by providing funds to 162 investigator-driven research projects in collaboration with Japan between 2010 and 2015.

Below is the breakdown between the fields of studies.

Investigator-driven research projects No.   Swiss Francs Japanese Yen
Humanities and social sciences    10           3‘134‘658      390‘901‘000
Mathematics, natural and engineering sciences    99         40‘141‘076    5’005’710’000
Biology and medicine    48         23‘933‘076    2‘984‘530‘000
Interdisciplinary      1              307‘270         38‘317‘500
Targeted research      4           1‘388‘981       173‘210‘000
         Total  162         68‘905‘061    8‘592‘668‘500

Funding instruments offered by SNSF

SNSF joint funding croppedThe SNSF is the most important Swiss agency promoting basic research. It mainly works according to a bottom-up approach and as such supports scientists from all disciplines. Funding is based on excellence and relies on an international peer-reviewed evaluation system.

Apart from funding research projects, SNSF also promotes young researchers, scientific mobility and international-networking. SNSF strives to enable an open research environment in which international collaborations are pervasive across all of its programs. It seeks to ensure that policies, rules and criteria do not create barriers to such collaboration.

Below are short descriptions of some of the funding instruments offered by the SNSF:

International Short Visits allow for researchers working in Switzerland to go abroad or for re-searchers from elsewhere to come to Switzerland. The visits can last between one week and three months.

International Exploratory Workshops allow for researchers working in Switzerland to organize workshops with partners from abroad. The workshops can last between 2 and 5 days. Up to 30 scientists from different institutions can participate.

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships is an incoming funding instrument of the Japanese Society for the Promotion for Science (JSPS) for post-docs. Stays in Japan between 12 and 24 months are possible. The SNSF acts as Overseas Nominating Authority for Switzerland and can nominate a predetermined number of applicants per year. The JSPS pays all the costs.

Fellowships for prospective and advanced researchers offer young Swiss scientists, who are at the point of starting their research career, the possibility to stay at a research institution abroad for 6 to 36 months. These two instruments have been replaced on 01 January 2013 by the mobility fellowships Doc.Mobility, Early Postdoc.Mobility and Advanced Postdoc.Mobility.

Ambizione is geared towards young researchers who would like to conduct, manage and lead an independently planned project at a Swiss university. Ambizione is aimed at qualified researchers from Switzerland and at the best next-generation foreign talents.

SNSF Professorships enable junior researchers with several years of recognized research experience to make a significant step forward in their academic careers. A SNSF Professorship funds the establishment of an independent team to implement a research project.




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