Funding for Established Researchers

Established researchers are experienced scholars and scientists who independently conduct their own research and train staff. Diverse funding establishments and institutions offer funding to help finance the projects of established researchers.

Aside from general funding sources, there are also special programs and discipline-specific initiatives. Private foundations furthermore support research consistent with the foundation purpose.

The following overview includes the most important national and international funding sources.

1 National Funding Instruments

SNSF Projects The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) supports research projects in all disciplines that are carried out by researchers employed in Switzerland. Researchers cannot apply for funding for their own salary.
Sinergia Grants from the SNSF for collaborative and interdisciplinary programs that promise to achieve a major breakthrough. Two to four applicants submit a request for funding.
National Research Programs (NRP) NRP funding is awarded to projects that contribute to solving the key problems in today’s society. Calls for research projects are issued in the framework of thematically defined programs.
National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR) NCCR are long-term research projects in areas of strategic importance. The projects are run by experienced researchers and supported by one or more higher education or research institutions.
SNSF Eccellenza
Researchers who have recently been appointed as assistant professors with tenure track at a Swiss higher education institution can apply for project funds.
Spark 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.
SPIRIT The SPIRIT programme facilitates knowledge exchange between Swiss researchers and researchers in selected countries that are receiving development assistance. With SPIRIT, the SNSF is giving Swiss researchers more opportunities to collaborate with partners in many countries around the world.
Research Equipment (R’Equip) The SNSF helps finance the acquisition and maintenance of research equipment that facilitates innovate research approaches. The home institution covers half the expense (UZH procedure).
Innosuisse Projects Innosuisse supports projects in the area of applied research and development and promotes cooperation between institutions of higher learning and industry.
Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) awards grants for „Driver Projects“ and „Infrastructure Development Projects“ to foster nationwide interoperability of biomedical information.

Swiss 3R Competence Centre (3RCC)

The 3RCC publishes regular calls for funding of high-quality research projects dedicated to the replacement, reduction or refinement of animal experimentation.
BRIDGE Discovery BRIDGE (a joint program conducted by SNSF and Innosuisse) supports projects at the intersection of basic research and science-based innovation. BRIDGE Discovery is aimed at experienced researchers who aim to explore and implement the innovation potential of research results.
Research and Innovation Cooperation Programs The Research and Innovation Programs and Instruments of the Federal Government facilitate international cooperation.
swissuniversities: project contributions Federal project contributions for thematically grouped initiatives (z.B. swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network).
Competitive Sabbaticals UZH UZH awards competitive sabbaticals to full and associate professors at all faculties.

2 European and International Funding

Horizon Europe and other European Programs

Swiss researchers can partially participate in Horizon Europe, the EU framework program for research and innovation, as well as other European funding programs due to Switzerland's status as a non-associated third country.

ERC Advanced Grants In the framework of Horizon Europe, the European Research Council (ERC) awards highly competitive Advenced Grants to established researchers. Swiss researchers cannot submit applications for this program currently.
NIH and other US Grants There are a number of US grants open to UZH researchers.

3 Foundations

Foundation for Research in Science and the Humanities at UZH

This foundation supports UZH professors and privatdozents in their research and teaching.

Foundation for PrivatdozentsThis foundation awards funds for research conducted by UZH privatdozents.

Index of UZH FoundationsThe index contains information on foundations and funds directly associated with the University of Zurich.