Funding infos Archive


PhD grants available from Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action – Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

TRIM-NET: a training network in drug discovery targeting TRIM ubiquitin ligases is recruiting 12 PhD students


General description of the Network

The Tripartite motif (TRIM) family of Ubiquitin E3 ligases plays an important role in many physiological processes and in many diseases including cancer, neurodegenerative and neuro-muscular disorders and rare genetic diseases. As such, they are excellent targets for therapeutic manipulation. TRIM-NET is a training programme for Early-Stage Researchers to identify novel therapeutic targets and to develop the strategies to validate them in preclinical studies. The TRIM-NET network will integrate complementary expertise and multidisciplinary approaches to exploit common targeting strategies for translational applications. The consortium will train a cohort of young researchers in skills and expertise essential for biomedical research focusing on: i) determining how TRIM proteins contribute to disease; ii) developing strategies to modulate TRIM protein activity; iii) designing high throughput screening assays for drug discovery. The project consists of 12 individual research projects (see below the list of available research projects and host laboratories). As the scientific work packages are highly integrated, recruited students will avail of techniques and training opportunities, including secondments, across the work packages. Through a unique international partnership between academic and non-academic partners the TRIM-NET training programme will provide young researchers with skills required for biomedical research in industry and academia.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Not having a doctoral degree yet
  • Less than 4 years full-time research experience
  • A degree which entitles to embark on a doctorate in the host countries
  • Less than 12 months spent in the host country in the 3 years prior to the recruitment
  • A strong background in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Medicine or related fields according to the individual research projects
  • The relevant PhD accession title should be achieved by June 2019 through September 2019 according to the specific PhD programmes and countries

Job offer and Benefits

  • Attractive salary
  • 3-year full-time employment contract in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action regulations for Early Stage Researchers;
  • Enrollment in a PhD programme at the local partner’s institution. In case the student is enrolled in a doctoral programme in a country where the duration of the PhD study is beyond the 3-year- MSCA contract, additional funding for the additional year(s) will be provided by the host group
  • Access to state-of-the-art research and supervision by recognized experts
  • Participation in network-wide training activities, schools and conferences
  •  Secondments periods at other network partners’ labs.

Application procedure

Applications in English should include:

  • A cover letter indicating the top three projects of election in the order of preference (see below) and the indication of the countries of residence during the last 3 years;
  • CV (contact details, education, work experience, list of publications, prizes/awards, language skills, etc….);
  • A motivation letter;
  • A digital copy of the degree certificate and official academic transcripts of Bsc and Msc studies (Master diploma/certificate or equivalent qualification giving access to the Doctoral Programme + Transcript of Records including examinations and scores obtained. If the documents are issued in a language other than English, a translation must be included, along with the original document);
  • A documentation of English language qualifications;
  • Two recommendation letters sent directly by the referees to with the subject: “Letter concerning – Surname Name” and full contact details of the reference persons;

Application in a single pdf file should be sent by e-mail to with indication of “TRIM-NET application” in the subject line. Equal consideration will be given to female and male applicants.

Deadlines of Application, Evaluation process and Starting date

  • Deadline for Application: April 15, 2019.
  • The merit-based recruitment process will be on a competitive basis across all applicants for each project.
  •  Short-listed students will be interviewed via Skype on May 9-10, 2019.
  •  Students are expected to initiate their contracts between June 1st, 2019 and November 1st, 2019 depending on the PhD enrollment rules of the different countries.

Complete offer:  TRIM-NET Vacancies


InnoTREK: a financial support to create your start-up. (deadline April 18, 2019)


InnoTREK: a financial support to create your start-up

You are a UNIL-CHUV researcher who would like to create a start-up and need a financial support to start? Apply for a one-year grant of CHF 100’000.- to launch your UNIL-CHUV spin-off !
PACTT is calling for start-up projects in order to award the InnoTREK grant. As part of the InnoPACTT financial support, the InnoTREK grant is designed to accelerate innovation and UNIL-CHUV spin-off creation, and to encourage researchers with innovative ideas to jump into the entrepreneurship adventure.

DEADLINE: April 18, 2019

InnoTREK grant_Conditions
InnoTREK grant application_FR
InnoTREK grant application_EN

If needed, invention and software disclosure forms:
IDF form
SwDF Form

For more information please contact:
Phone: 021 314 49 58 / 021 314 39 84 / 021 314 82 19


SPIRIT – Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams (SNSF)


The SNSF is promoting the global research network of Switzerland by launching a programme that simplifies international cooperation.

SPIRIT stands for Swiss Programme for International Research Projects by Scientific Investigation Teams. It promotes international cooperation between Swiss researchers and their colleagues in selected countries. Eligible partners are selected based on the OECD list of countries receiving development assistance. SPIRIT adds to the SNSF portfolio and enables Swiss researchers to collaborate with researchers in most countries. By introducing this programme, the SNSF is promoting global knowledge exchange and contributing to increasing research capacities at home and abroad.

Focus on women and young researchers

SPIRIT offers funding to projects of two to four groups that tackle scientifically relevant, original and team-oriented topics in all disciplines, no thematic limitations apply. The programme promotes excellent, cross-border research. Funding for women is a priority as is the ability of young researchers to develop their potential. If two or more applications are deemed to be of equal quality, applications by women or applications that show greater gender awareness will be given priority. The international evaluation panel includes at least 40% women and 40% men as well as a gender equality expert.

Continuing submission

The SNSF has developed a competitive submission procedure that enables researchers to submit pre-proposals at any time of the year. If a pre-proposal is evaluated favourably, the researchers will be invited to submit a full proposal. This reduces the administrative workload on both sides. Every year, the SNSF will fund up to twelve four-year projects with up to 500,000 francs each. Pre-proposals can be submitted as of 1 February 2019.

Further details about the application: The new SPIRIT programme


SIB Bioinformatics Awards 2019

SIB Awards – communication to partners

To promote excellence and innovation in the field of bioinformatics, SIB created the SIB Bioinformatics Awards ten years ago to acknowledge early career bioinformaticians and ground-breaking resources of national and international standing.

SIB Awards honour bioinformatics excellence in three categories:

  • SIB Early Career Bioinformatics Award – an international award to recognise the excellence and promising nature of a researcher’s early career, based on one or several projects and/or papers focussing on the in silico analysis of biological sequences, structures or processes. More information

Call for entries: 10 January – 31 March 2019

  • SIB Best Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper Award – a national award that recognises outstanding papers published by a graduate student in the area of in silico analysis of biological sequences, structures or processes. More information

Call for entries: 10 January – 31 March 2019

  • SIB Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award – an international award that recognises newly developed bioinformatics resources with an important impact on life science research or the clear potential to make such an impact. More information

Call for entries: 4 February – 30 April 2019

Applications will be reviewed by a jury of international experts, with the winners to be announced during the awards ceremony of the 14th [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference (part of the Basel Life Congress, 9-12 September 2019, Switzerland). All Awards carry a cash prize and laureates will be invited to give a plenary talk during the [BC]2 conference.


Follow the latest news and announcements related to the SIB Awards on SIB’s website and under @ISBSIB on Twitter (#SIBawards).




The research support network of the University of Lausanne offers you access to a database that centralizes updated information on international research funding opportunities: collaborative projects, scholarships, fellowships, awards, internal and external mobility, equipment, etc.


This database: OPEN4RESEARCH was developed for the Community of Researchers and to a lesser extent students of UNIL and CHUV. It offers many benefits, including the ability to target relevant topics adapted to your scientific profileor simply based on keywords.


The Research Support Network strongly encourages you to use this tool to maximize your chances of success.


Please find here below  two examples of funds for young scientists (all fields of study)


Funding is provided for university graduates and young professionals from all fields of study.


Cogito Fund

Funding available to encourage dialogue between the fields of science and technology and the social sciences.


Regarding conferences, workshops and meetings organization, you’ll find herebelow short examples of possible funding institutions via Open4research:


Fritz Thyssen Foundation Conference Grants

Funding Body: Fritz Thyssen Foundation

Description: Funding is offered for costs associated with organising conferences in the humanities, social sciences and biomedicine fields. The conference may be based at any location.

Status   Open for Applications

Application Deadline      30-11-2018

Maximum Value:  Discretionary Minimum Value: There is no minimum value


Calihan Academic Grants

Provided by: The Acton Institute

Maximum value:€ 2,700

Status: Open

Grants for research by prospective scholars and religious leaders studying theology, philosophy, history, law, politics, economics or related fields, whose academic work shows outstanding potential to advance understanding in the relationship between theology and the principles of a free and virtuous society.

Ekhaga Foundation

Provided by: Ekhagastiftelsen (Ekhaga Foundation) : Grants to support research in the field of ecological agriculture and biological medicine.

Maximum value: Discretionary

Status: Open for Applications Application deadline: 20-05-2019

MDA Conference Grants

Provided by:Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

Maximum value:Discretionary

Status:Open for Applications

Application deadline:None specified

Funding to encourage scientific meetings in the field of muscular dystrophy and diseases of the nervous system and muscular system in general, for researchers and/or clinicians to exchange ideas and to establish collaborations.


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• Foundations and R & D:


Biozentrum Fellowship Program – Winter Call 2018/19 deadline Dec. 15, 2018

International PhD Program at the Biozentrum, University of Basel,
Deadline for application: December 15, 2018
Posters: See posters