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Rapid funding of unconventional ideas

The aim of Spark is to fund the rapid testing or development of new scientific approaches, methods, theories, standards, ideas for applications, etc. It is intended for projects that show unconventional thinking and introduce a unique approach. The focus is on promising ideas of high originality, relying on no or very little preliminary data. Taking risks is very welcome, but not a requirement in itself. The focus is on projects or ideas that are unlikely to be funded by other available funding schemes.

It is open to any applicant with a doctorate or equivalent qualifications.

Applicants can request between CHF 50,000 and CHF 100,000 for a project duration of six to twelve months. The project must start within six months after the decision.

Next SPARK Call

Call opening: 3 April 2023

Submission deadline: 2 May 2023, 17.00h (MEZ/CET)

Earliest possible start of project: 1 November 2023

Further information and submission of applications

Applicants must either be employed (no minimum work quota required) at an eligible Swiss host institution providing the necessary infrastructure at least for the duration of the project or must have received written assurance of employment in the event of a positive decision on funding. If own salary is requested, this confirmation must clarify the employment situation. Applicants who request that their own salary be financed fully or in part must enclose a written confirmation from the institution confirming their employment situation. This confirmation should be signed by the head of the institute or department.

You can find a template for this confirmation here.

Further information on the funding instrument and how to submit an application can be found on the SNSF website.

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