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.
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.
CTI Projects The Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) supports projects in the area of applied research and development and promotes cooperation between higher education institutions and the private sector. Projects without a partner in the private sector are also possible.
Swiss Government Bilateral Programs The Bilateral Programs support joint research projects, student/staff exchange, and other forms of cooperation with priority countries, such as China, India, Japan, Russia, and South Africa.
SUC Programs From 2013 to 2016, the Swiss University Conference (SUC) – as of 2015 swissuniversities – is awarding project-specific funds for a variety of thematically grouped initiatives such as SystemsX, Nano-Tera, PhD programs).
Competitive Sabbaticals UZH UZH awards competitive sabbaticals to full and associate professors at all faculties.

2 European and International Funding

Horizon 2020 Swiss researchers can participate in European research projects via Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
ERC Advanced Grants In the framework of Horizon 2020, the European Research Council (ERC) awards highly competitive Advanced Grants to established researchers.
Other European Programs In addition to Horizon 2020, there are a number of European initiatives and funding programs open to Swiss researchers (COST, ESA, ESF, EUREKA, etc.).
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.