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HFSP Young investigators’ grants and Program Grants

Deadline for compulsory pre-registration: March 22


Marie Heim-Vögtlin Programme (SNSF)

To increase the number of women in research, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) annually awards a limited number of Marie Heim-Vögtlin* (MHV) subsidies.

MHV subsidies are aimed for doctoral and postdoctoral candidates within all disciplines funded by the SNSF and aim to facilitate the recipients research project. The MHV subsidies support the integration in a host institution at a Swiss University or ETH. The MHV Programme preferable supports where no other means of such re-integration exist.
In order to achieve sustained re-integration, the host institution has to provide not only a written declaration of acceptance and job confirmation but also a continuing financial commitment following expiration of the MHV subsidy (cf. MHV rules, article 4/2).

Deadline : August 2nd

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SNSF Projects – Investigator-Driven Research

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) accepts applications for project funding for basic scientific research on 1st March and 1st October each year. Applications must be submitted directly by researchers.

Any researcher working in Switzerland is entitled to participate. Researchers are free to choose their research topics. Applicants will be notified no later than 6 months after the final date for submission of applications whether their application has been successful.

SNF project funding grants cover direct research costs (staff salaries, materials, travel costs etc.).

Applications will be evaluated by the SNSF Research Council based on peer reviews by external experts working in most cases outside Switzerland. The central criteria for evaluation are the scientific quality, originality and project methodology as well as qualifications and track record of the applicants.  Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

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Prix Leenaards 2011: deadline June 15

Prix Leenaards 2011

Appel à candidatures pour le Prix Leenaards 2011 pour la promotion de la recherche scientifique (document en format Word à télécharger). Délai de dépôt des dossiers: 15 juin 2010.


HFSP Young investigators and Program grants; deadline preregistration: Mar 22

HFSP research grants
22nd March 2010: Compulsory Pre-Registration deadline for obtaining a reference number LIP000XXX/2011 or LIY000XXX/2011
31st March 2010: Submission deadline

Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories.
Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences.
The research teams must be international. The principal applicant must be from one of the eligible countries. However, other participating scientists and laboratories may be situated anywhere in the world.
Applicants must submit a letter of intent to apply for a research grant via the HFSP web site with a deadline at the end of March, and after review, selected teams will be invited to submit a full application.

Two types of Research Grant are available: Young Investigators’ Grants and Program Grants


SWISS BRIDGE AWARD; deadline for note of intent: Mar 31

SWISS BRIDGE AWARD 2010: supporting cancer research projects

Submit note of intent until 31 March 2010
Category: Cancer

By: Sandra Habegger

SWISS BRIDGE is releasing a call for contributions for this year’s SWISS BRIDGE AWARD. The SWISS BRIDGE foundation has been supporting high-quality cancer research projects in Europe for over a decade.

In order to assist junior scientists in the initiation of their independent careers in cancer research, projects from junior investigators (junior in terms of seniority and not of age) focusing on translational research, i.e. cancer research projects with an impact on clinical practice will be eligible for support. Up to three projects will receive funding amounting to a total of approx. 500 000 CHF (50% of the funding has been earmarked for Swiss projects).

Junior investigators from academic and cancer research institutions in Europe are invited to submit a note of intent for a new cancer research project. Please refer to the attached announcement or the SWISS BRIDGE website for further information and submission procedure.

The note of intent must be transmitted by e-mail on or before 31 March 2010 to:
Office of the Scientific Board of the Swiss Bridge Foundation
c/o Swiss Cancer League, P.O. Box 8219, CH-3001 Bern, Switzerland.