Innovations in career funding

Academic careers must have an appeal for young scientists if Switzerland is to maintain its leading position in international research. With this in mind, the SNSF refined its career funding schemes in 2017 and 2018. Further changes are planned.

These innovations bring the SNSF's career funding closer into line with its project funding scheme. Promising young researchers who have the potential for an academic career, perhaps even for a full professorship, get a chance to make a name for themselves with a project of their own. The SNSF's goal in funding early mobility is to boost networking and allow young researchers to take their first steps away from their home institutions. The SNSF also has a wide range of measures in place to promote gender equality.

The SNSF has not been able to implement some of the changes envisaged in the 2017-2020 multi-year plan for financial reasons. This concerns the funding schemes Doc.CH, Doc.Mobility and Early Postdoc.Mobility.

With these innovations, the SNSF is supporting the changes to academic career structures in Switzerland, as set out in the Federal Council's report "Massnahmen zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses in der Schweiz" (Measures for promoting young researchers in Switzerland). In close coordination with the higher education institutions, it is helping to devise clear-cut career prospects for young researchers.