Funding infos Archive


InfoResearch UNIL – #2 March 2020 

Info Research UNIL – #2 March 2020 

Obtaining funding

Reduced teaching load for MA and PAST

Deadline: 30 April 2020
This funding scheme allows you to lighten your teaching load over one semester in order to devote yourself to preparing funding applications for your research projects.
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Contact: Véronique Longchamp (

Mobility and Doc.CH scholarships from 2021 onwards

The final submission deadline for Doc.Mobility and Early Postdoc.Mobility is 1 September 2020. Thereafter, Doc.Mobility will be discontinued and the funding of mobility for doctoral students who are not funded in SNSF projects will be the responsibility of the universities. At the postdoc level, Early Postdoc.Mobility will be merged with Postdoc.Mobility in order to have a single instrument evaluated at the national level.
On 10 September 2020, the Research Commissions will carry out the selection of applications for the 1st phase for the last time. From 2021 onwards the evaluation of Doc.CH applications will take place directly at a national level.
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SNSF calls for proposals

Please refer to the open calls for research funding schemes and programmes proposed by the SNSF.
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SNSF instrument “SPIRIT”

The Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams (SPIRIT) promotes cross-border research based on teamwork.
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Contact: Anne-Emmanuelle de Crousaz (

Last Horizon 2020 calls

There are currently 246 open calls (including 34 health, 25 energy as well as 23 inclusive societies topics). 47 further calls are expected.


Contact: Claire Arnold (

UNIL 4 Research

Updated information on international research funding opportunities.

JSPS International Fellowships for Research in Japan

The JSPS carries out programs for overseas researchers who have an excellent record of research achievements to conduct collaborative research, discussions, and opinion exchanges with researchers in Japan. he “JSPS International Fellowships for Research in Japan” consists of two programs: “Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan” for young researchers and “Invitational Fellowships for Research in Japan” for mid-career and senior researchers.
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AAL: a better quality of life for the elderly

As part of the AAL European funding programme, innovative marketable solutions are being developed with the help of new technologies. These solutions enable the elderly to maintain the standard of living and independence that they are used to in their own home and for as long as
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Foundations hosted by and close to UNIL

Several deadlines
Some institutions close to our academic community offer funding to students, PhD students, post-docs and advanced researchers of the University of Lausanne, in particular in the following categories: publication of books, organisation of congresses, small research projects, scientific travels, participation in congresses, scientific exchanges (in and out), organisation of congresses or equipment. Several deadlines are either in March or in April.
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SNIS Award 2020

Deadline: 13 March 2020
The 2020 SNIS Award aims to reward and recognize the best Ph.D. thesis in the field of International Studies received from a Swiss University. The prize of this prestigious award is that of CHF 10,000.
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Call for Proposals: Research and innovation for sustainable development

Deadline: 5 April 2020
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation is looking for promising research and innovation initiatives, which engage researchers from Switzerland and from the Global South and East and implementation partners from other sectors (government, civil society, private sector).
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EMBRAPII and Innosuisse collaborate to support international innovation projects

Deadline: 20 April 2020
The Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa e Inovação Industrial (EMBRAPII) and Innosuisse work together to support international innovation projects implemented by partners from Brazil and Switzerland. Research institutions and companies have the opportunity to submit funding applications in regular calls for proposals. This partnership boosts knowledge and technology transfer and makes both countries more competitive.
All launch: 10 February 2020
Submission deadline for Pre-Proposals: 20 April 2020
Communication of the results: May 2020
Submission deadline for Proposals: 17 August 2020
Communication of the results: October 2020
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Call for UNIL-Université Laval projects on digital challenges

Deadline: 18 May 2020
As part of the privileged partnership between UNIL and Laval University, the two institutions are launching a call for projects on digital issues. The common fund of an annual amount of CAD 40’000 (CHF 30’000) will make it possible to finance four impulse credits for collaborative research projects submitted jointly by teams from UNIL and Université Laval. It aims to give rise to strategic and innovative projects on or through digital technology, with the potential to create a leverage effect for other funding.
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« Germaine de Staël » funding program

Deadline: 6 June 2020
The Germaine de Staël program supports collaboration between French and Swiss researchers by covering travel and accommodation costs for short missions (less than one month).
The budget allocated per project amounts to 4’500 CHF per team and per year for the Swiss team, renewable once.
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Call for entries: Stiftung Prof Dr. Max Cloëtta: Clinical Medicine Plus 2020

The «Clinical Medicine Plus» scholarships are aimed at clinically active physicians during or immediately after completing specialist training. The scholarships are intended to support them in further training at a foreign host institute in particularly relevant, forward-looking areas of clinical medicine or medical auxiliary sciences.


Period of submission:         1 February – 31 May 2020

Decision:                               end of September 2020

PDF of the call: CLOETTA_ClinMedPlus_Scholarship Announcement 

Please find all guidelines and the registration form on our website at




UNIL accelerator for entreprenarial project : join the UCreate3 program – deadline Jan. 6, 2019

Turn your ideas into a reality : 

Call for projects until January 6th, 2020


Are you a student, researcher, PhD student, professor, employee or alumni of UNIL with an idea or an entrepreneurial project in mind ? Do you want to make it a reality with a complete acceleration program ?


Start your entrepreneurial adventure now with the UNIL accelerator ! Join the next edition of the UCreate3,  an acceleration program of 16 weeks from February 12th  to May 26th, 2020.


We provide support for all types of projects, whether tech or non tech, whether for-profit or not. Projects with a societal or environmental contribution are particularly welcome.


What is UCreate acceleration program ? The main objective of UCreate3 program is to facilitate and accelerate the creation and development of innovative projects. Selected projects will be supported by experts, coaches and mentors. Participants will also benefit from a credit line and a co-working space at the UNIL Accelerator located in building Amphipôle.


How to apply ? You will find all information needed under this link. Deadline for applications is January 6th, 2020 at 18:00.


A funding search tool for UNIL members: the “UNIL 4 Research”

The “UNIL 4 Research” (idox) is a tool which provides updated information on international research funding opportunities : collaborative projects, fellowships, prizes, mobility in and out, equipment, etc.

More details on this tool available on

Further information on the UNIL research support:



Prix Schläfli call 2020

The Prix Schlaefli, one of the oldest
 science prizes in Switzerland (since 1866), is awarded by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) to young scientists for excellent articles resulting from PhDs in
 natural sciences disciplines.

Deadline of application: 31 October 2019

More information can be found on our website

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15 Fully funded PhD studentships in Quantitative Biology, UNIL


The advent of large-throughput data is transforming life sciences into an increasingly quantitative discipline. The University of Lausanne (Switzerland) is at the forefront of this revolution, with quantitative research ramping up throughout the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, a dedicated department of Computational Biology, and interdisciplinary units such as the Center for Integrative Genomics. UNIL also hosts the headquarters of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, to which many quantitative research groups are affiliated, and closely collaborates with EPFL on the same campus. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne’s city center, UNIL brings together over 120 nationalities.

UNIL’s Faculty of Biology and Medicine has a recently launched a doctoral programme entitled “Quantitative Biology”. A wide range of research groups are recruiting PhD students, covering areas as diverse as evolution, synthetic biology, plant science, cancer genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, biological imaging, and computational biology.

Hiring principal investigators include Roman ArguelloRichard BentonSven BergmannGiovanni Ciriello Adrien Depeursinge Paul FrankenMaria-Cristina GambettaJérôme GoudetLaurent KellerZoltán KutalikLiliane MichalikSerge PeletAlexandre ReymondMarc Robinson-RechaviSebastian SoykYuko Ulrich  & Jolanda van Leeuwen .


Job information

Expected start date: 01.03.2020 or to be agreed
Contract length: The initial contract is for one year and is extendable to a total of 4-5 years.
Activity rate: 80-100%
Workplace: University of Lausanne, Dorigny



Your qualifications

We are accepting applications from talented and enthusiastic candidates who are interested in a dynamic, well-supported lab at a top research institution. Candidates need to finish a Master’s degree in a relevant area before the start date of their doctoral studies.


We are looking for three main types of PhD students:

  • Students with a life science degree, interested in working in an experimental lab, but with a high degree of motivation to learn the fundamentals of computational biology, and to develop quantitative skills to analyze data more effectively
  • Students with a life science degree interested in working in a dry computational lab, keen to deepen their quantitative skills and broaden their horizon in terms of experimental and computational techniques
  • Students with a non-biological background (e.g. computer science, maths, physics), who are highly motivated to transition to Life Sciences

A high level of written and spoken English proficiency is required since most scientific activities are conducted in English,


What the position offers you

You will develop your research project while working in a world competitive, interdisciplinary and highly collaborative environment.

The PhD program in Quantitative Biology provides opportunities for professional training and acquisition of highly transferable skills. This is complemented by a wide range of activities (retreats, symposia, student life).

The position is fully funded. Salary and benefits are internationally highly competitive. Additional funding for consumables, computing, and to attend international conferences is available.


Informal inquiries

Prof. Christophe Dessimoz, Director of the UNIL Doctoral Program in Quantitative Biology program


Your application 

Deadline: 15.10.2019

Please, send your full application in Word or PDF through the form linked below.

It should contain:

  • Motivation letter (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae including, if available, extracurricular activities, internships, publications, conferences, awards, software contributions, etc.
  • Master’s thesis summary (max. one page)
  • The names and contact details of 2-3 referees

Lab visits and interviews will take place on 3-4 December 2019 in Lausanne.

Submit your application here! 

Further information: