SNSF Project Funding

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) awards funding for basic scientific research in all subject areas.

Project funding is aimed at experienced researchers working in Switzerland. SNSF funding covers direct expenses such as research equipment, salaries of co-workers and travel expenses. Funding is granted for a period of 12 to 48 months.

Applicants have to be employed at a research institution for the duration of the proposed project. The applicants' own salaries are not covered by the project funding scheme.

Submission deadlines
1 April and 1 October (application via mySNF)

Please note: the submission deadline for all SNSF funding instruments is 17.00h Swiss local time.

SNSF Grants for exemption from teaching duties

Professors can apply for grants for exemption from teaching duties when an SNSF project application in division I (Humanities and Social Sciences) is made (max. 4 SWS). For details please see Annex 8 of the SNSF implementation regulations.

When submitting the project application to the SNSF, a confirmation that the university consents to the application for a grant for exemption from teaching duties must be uploaded.

To be able to issue the letter of confirmation by the Vice President Research in time, the UZH Grants Office (, phone +41 44 634 20 50) needs the following information no later than 20 March (for the deadline 1 April) or 20 September (for the deadline 1 October):

  • detailed information on the exemption requested (how many semester hours per week, in which semester(s))
  • proof of consent by the management of the study program, the head of the institute and the faculty to the planned exemption of teaching duties in case of approval of the application by the SNSF.

Applicants' declarations instead of University's institutional declarations

Applicants have to enter detailed information on their employment and function in mySNF when submitting a proposal. This declaration by the applicants replaces the former "institutional declarations".

Therefore, submission of the form "Confirmation of general conditions and infrastructure" to the UZH Grants Office isn't necessary anymore.