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.