TitelStarting-Consolidator-Grants-FAQ
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Startdatum01.01.2013 00:00
Enddatum01.01.2050 00:00


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  • a) I am a Principal Investigator (PI) with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant. Can I flexibly choose between a Swiss or a EU-member state host institution for my grant, and does the grant imply any restrictions?


    Yes, you are free to choose between a Swiss or a EU-member state host institution. The only restriction is that the host institution must employ the PI for at least the duration of the project. The work-time percentage will depend on how much time the PI will devote to the project, but it must be at least 50%. Furthermore, he/she must spend at least 50% of his/her total working time in Switzerland or in an EU member or associated state.
  • b) Can an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant be hosted at two different institutions, depending on how the personnel costs are distributed (for instance 40% at a foreign institution and 60% at a Swiss institution)?


    No, the grant should be hosted at a single institution, which will act as the participating legal entity. The holder of an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant may however be employed at two different institutions.
  • c) I am a Principal Investigator of an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant and affiliated with two host institutions. Can I use the grant to pay the salaries of people employed at both institutions?


    Yes, your grant can be used to pay the salaries of employees at different institutions (Swiss or EU-member state).
  • d) Do the SNSF Starting/Consolidator grants cover family allowances for those members of the project who have children?


    Yes, the SNSF Starting/Consolidator grants cover family allowances in line with the conditions set for the awarded grant. For guidelines on the rates for employees and for social contributions refer to the following document:
  • e) I am a Principal Investigator with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant. Can I be employed at two institutions at a total work-time percentage that exceeds 100%? If yes, is there a maximum total percentage?


    No, the total work-time percentage cannot exceed 100%.
  • f) I am a Principal Investigator with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant. Can I delay the start of the grant and, if yes, for how long?


    Yes, a delay is possible until one year after the date of the SNSF decision letter.
  • g) Why not run both an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant and a grant received later from the ERC, e.g. submitted in 2016 in the call ERC-StG/CoG-2016 (start date February 2017)?


    The SNSF cannot “prohibit” SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant holders to apply (and potentially receive) ERC grants at a later stage.
    However, both the ERC and the SNSF require a minimum work-time of 50% at a host institution and the applicant should devote 50% of his/her working time to the project. In addition, he/she will have to work for the host institution (e.g. teaching). Hence, the SNSF considers that two ERC-type grants in parallel are not feasible – the same rule is applied by the ERC. Consequently, if a researcher should obtain an ERC grant in any call issued after the ERC Starting/Consolidator Grant call 2014, the SNSF will consider him/her not eligible for any other SNSF funding for the time frame of the overlap.
  • h) How does the SNSF keep track of the time devoted to the SNSF Starting/Consolidator project? For the ERC you need to commit 50% of your working time (recorded in time sheets) - how does this work at the SNSF?


    The SNSF also requires holders of an SNSF Starting/Consolidator Grant to devote 50% of their working time to the project. However, the SNSF does not demand the keeping of time sheets and assumes that the grantees who accepted this commitment will act with integrity.
  • i) I am a Principal Investigator with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant. Is it possible for me to apply for other SNSF grants?


    Yes, the SNSF Starting or Consolidator grant holders can submit proposals in other SNSF funding schemes such as project funding or R’Equip, as long as they are thematically distinct and provided no ERC grant is remaining.
  • j) I am a Principal Investigator with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant which was expected to cover my own salary. Recently, I have been awarded a professorship by my host institution. Is it possible to reallocate the funds attributed to my own salary to finance additional personnel such as postdocs or PhD students?


    Yes, the budget allocated to the PI’s salary can be used for a different purpose. No amendment to the grant agreement is needed, but the PI needs to send the SNSF a written request and justification concerning the reallocation of the funds and the employment of additional personnel.
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  • a) I am a Principal Investigator (PI) with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant. Can I flexibly choose between a Swiss or a EU-member state host institution for my grant, and does the grant imply any restrictions?


    Yes, you are free to choose between a Swiss or a EU-member state host institution. The only restriction is that the host institution must employ the PI for at least the duration of the project. The work-time percentage will depend on how much time the PI will devote to the project, but it must be at least 50%. Furthermore, he/she must spend at least 50% of his/her total working time in Switzerland or in an EU member or associated state.
  • b) Can an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant be hosted at two different institutions, depending on how the personnel costs are distributed (for instance 40% at a foreign institution and 60% at a Swiss institution)?


    No, the grant should be hosted at a single institution, which will act as the participating legal entity. The holder of an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant may however be employed at two different institutions.
  • c) I am a Principal Investigator of an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant and affiliated with two host institutions. Can I use the grant to pay the salaries of people employed at both institutions?


    Yes, your grant can be used to pay the salaries of employees at different institutions (Swiss or EU-member state).
  • d) Do the SNSF Starting/Consolidator grants cover family allowances for those members of the project who have children?


    Yes, the SNSF Starting/Consolidator grants cover family allowances in line with the conditions set for the awarded grant. For guidelines on the rates for employees and for social contributions refer to the following document:
  • e) I am a Principal Investigator with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant. Can I be employed at two institutions at a total work-time percentage that exceeds 100%? If yes, is there a maximum total percentage?


    No, the total work-time percentage cannot exceed 100%.
  • f) I am a Principal Investigator with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant. Can I delay the start of the grant and, if yes, for how long?


    Yes, a delay is possible until one year after the date of the SNSF decision letter.
  • g) Why not run both an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant and a grant received later from the ERC, e.g. submitted in 2016 in the call ERC-StG/CoG-2016 (start date February 2017)?


    The SNSF cannot “prohibit” SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant holders to apply (and potentially receive) ERC grants at a later stage.
    However, both the ERC and the SNSF require a minimum work-time of 50% at a host institution and the applicant should devote 50% of his/her working time to the project. In addition, he/she will have to work for the host institution (e.g. teaching). Hence, the SNSF considers that two ERC-type grants in parallel are not feasible – the same rule is applied by the ERC. Consequently, if a researcher should obtain an ERC grant in any call issued after the ERC Starting/Consolidator Grant call 2014, the SNSF will consider him/her not eligible for any other SNSF funding for the time frame of the overlap.
  • h) How does the SNSF keep track of the time devoted to the SNSF Starting/Consolidator project? For the ERC you need to commit 50% of your working time (recorded in time sheets) - how does this work at the SNSF?


    The SNSF also requires holders of an SNSF Starting/Consolidator Grant to devote 50% of their working time to the project. However, the SNSF does not demand the keeping of time sheets and assumes that the grantees who accepted this commitment will act with integrity.
  • i) I am a Principal Investigator with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant. Is it possible for me to apply for other SNSF grants?


    Yes, the SNSF Starting or Consolidator grant holders can submit proposals in other SNSF funding schemes such as project funding or R’Equip, as long as they are thematically distinct and provided no ERC grant is remaining.
  • j) I am a Principal Investigator with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant which was expected to cover my own salary. Recently, I have been awarded a professorship by my host institution. Is it possible to reallocate the funds attributed to my own salary to finance additional personnel such as postdocs or PhD students?


    Yes, the budget allocated to the PI’s salary can be used for a different purpose. No amendment to the grant agreement is needed, but the PI needs to send the SNSF a written request and justification concerning the reallocation of the funds and the employment of additional personnel.
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  • a) I am a Principal Investigator (PI) with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant. Can I flexibly choose between a Swiss or a EU-member state host institution for my grant, and does the grant imply any restrictions?


    Yes, you are free to choose between a Swiss or a EU-member state host institution. The only restriction is that the host institution must employ the PI for at least the duration of the project. The work-time percentage will depend on how much time the PI will devote to the project, but it must be at least 50%. Furthermore, he/she must spend at least 50% of his/her total working time in Switzerland or in an EU member or associated state.
  • b) Can an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant be hosted at two different institutions, depending on how the personnel costs are distributed (for instance 40% at a foreign institution and 60% at a Swiss institution)?


    No, the grant should be hosted at a single institution, which will act as the participating legal entity. The holder of an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant may however be employed at two different institutions.
  • c) I am a Principal Investigator of an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant and affiliated with two host institutions. Can I use the grant to pay the salaries of people employed at both institutions?


    Yes, your grant can be used to pay the salaries of employees at different institutions (Swiss or EU-member state).
  • d) Do the SNSF Starting/Consolidator grants cover family allowances for those members of the project who have children?


    Yes, the SNSF Starting/Consolidator grants cover family allowances in line with the conditions set for the awarded grant. For guidelines on the rates for employees and for social contributions refer to the following document:
  • e) I am a Principal Investigator with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant. Can I be employed at two institutions at a total work-time percentage that exceeds 100%? If yes, is there a maximum total percentage?


    No, the total work-time percentage cannot exceed 100%.
  • f) I am a Principal Investigator with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant. Can I delay the start of the grant and, if yes, for how long?


    Yes, a delay is possible until one year after the date of the SNSF decision letter.
  • g) Why not run both an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant and a grant received later from the ERC, e.g. submitted in 2016 in the call ERC-StG/CoG-2016 (start date February 2017)?


    The SNSF cannot “prohibit” SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant holders to apply (and potentially receive) ERC grants at a later stage.
    However, both the ERC and the SNSF require a minimum work-time of 50% at a host institution and the applicant should devote 50% of his/her working time to the project. In addition, he/she will have to work for the host institution (e.g. teaching). Hence, the SNSF considers that two ERC-type grants in parallel are not feasible – the same rule is applied by the ERC. Consequently, if a researcher should obtain an ERC grant in any call issued after the ERC Starting/Consolidator Grant call 2014, the SNSF will consider him/her not eligible for any other SNSF funding for the time frame of the overlap.
  • h) How does the SNSF keep track of the time devoted to the SNSF Starting/Consolidator project? For the ERC you need to commit 50% of your working time (recorded in time sheets) - how does this work at the SNSF?


    The SNSF also requires holders of an SNSF Starting/Consolidator Grant to devote 50% of their working time to the project. However, the SNSF does not demand the keeping of time sheets and assumes that the grantees who accepted this commitment will act with integrity.
  • i) I am a Principal Investigator with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant. Is it possible for me to apply for other SNSF grants?


    Yes, the SNSF Starting or Consolidator grant holders can submit proposals in other SNSF funding schemes such as project funding or R’Equip, as long as they are thematically distinct and provided no ERC grant is remaining.
  • j) I am a Principal Investigator with an SNSF Starting/Consolidator grant which was expected to cover my own salary. Recently, I have been awarded a professorship by my host institution. Is it possible to reallocate the funds attributed to my own salary to finance additional personnel such as postdocs or PhD students?


    Yes, the budget allocated to the PI’s salary can be used for a different purpose. No amendment to the grant agreement is needed, but the PI needs to send the SNSF a written request and justification concerning the reallocation of the funds and the employment of additional personnel.
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