Coronavirus: SNSF update

On this page, you will find information about the coronavirus and the SNSF. The page is regularly updated.

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic , the SNSF launched two programmes in spring 2020.

  • Special call for research on coronaviruses: the SNSF is funding 45 projects with 11.9 million francs.
  • National Research Programme "COVID-19" (NRP 78): the SNSF is funding 28 projects with 18.6 million francs.

These projects as well as those financed by Innosuisse and the framework programme Horizon 2020 are listed in a COVID-19 project registry.

COVID-19 project registry

For questions regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on research projects, deadlines and grants, please read the FAQs.


Election of Steering Committee of NRP 78 "Covid-19"

The SNSF Research Council has elected the Steering Committee of the National Research Programme "Covid-19" (NRP 78).

Steering Committee of NRP 78 "Covid-19" elected


NRP "COVID-19": 28 new projects funded

New research has been launched to better control COVID-19. 18.6 million francs have been invested in projects that will investigate innovative solutions and develop public health recommendations.

28 new coronavirus research projects funded under NRP "COVID-19"


Ready to meet the challenges

Many scientists are currently undertaking work on the Sars-CoV-2 virus. But hundreds of projects supported by the SNSF are already contributing to finding answers to the current health crisis.

Meeting challenges through basic research


New research ideas in NRP "Covid-19"

Researchers have submitted 190 applications to NRP "Covid-19": 155 in biomedicine, 19 in the STEM disciplines and 16 in the humanities and social sciences.

Numerous innovative research ideas for NRP "Covid-19"


Snapshot of Swiss research on Covid-19

A new SNSF database lists Swiss research projects that are investigating solutions to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Snapshot of Swiss research on Covid-19


SNSF funds 36 coronavirus projects

Under the special call on coronaviruses, the societal and biomedical aspects of epidemics will be investigated with a total budget of 10 million francs. The projects will start as of 1 June 2020.

The SNSF funds 36 new coronavirus research projects


Coronavirus calls in Europe

Various partner organisations of the SNSF have also launched Covid-19 calls, some of which are open to researchers from Switzerland.

Coronavirus calls in Europe


Call for proposals: NRP 78 "Covid-19"

Mandated by the Federal Council, the SNSF is launching a call for the National Research Programme "Covid-19" (NRP 78). The aim is to provide health care recommendations and innovative solutions to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

News: NRP 78 “Covid-19”


Open science – not only in a crisis

For years, the SNSF and other organisations have been demanding open science as the new normal. The corona crisis drastically confirms the validity of this demand.

News: We need open science – crisis or no crisis


Career funding: no interviews for the time being

The evaluation processes of career funding schemes normally include an interview with candidates. Because of Covid-19, the SNSF has suspended these interviews. The evaluation bodies will adapt the processes to ensure that they can make a fair selection of the best candidates without conducting interviews.

Regulations on temporary amendments (in German)

​​ 16.04.2020

Launch of National Research Programme "Covid-19"

The fight against the Covid-19 pandemic continues at pace. To channel existing research competencies, the SNSF is launching on behalf of the Federal Council a special National Research Programme (NRP) "Covid-19". This special programme will aim to generate recommendations for overcoming the corona crisis in Switzerland, thereby complementing the special call for coronavirus research already launched by the SNSF. Detailed information on submitting projects for the new NRP "Covid-19" is currently in preparation. The call will be open between 30 April and 25 May 2020.

Press release of the Swiss government on NRP "Covid-19" (German)Press release of the Swiss government on NRP "Covid-19" (French)Special call for coronavirus research of 6 March 2020


Scientists to advise the government

The Swiss government has appointed a scientific advisory body to assist the authorities in overcoming the coronavirus crisis. The "Swiss National Covid-19 Task Force" is headed by Matthias Egger, president of the National Research Council of the SNSF and epidemiologist at the University of Bern. The members of the body are all experts in relevant fields. They will advise the federal government and the cantons based on the latest scientific knowledge. In addition, they are expected to define research topics and special measures. The task force combines initiatives and competencies of the SNSF, the ETH Domain, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and swissuniversities.

Press release of the Swiss governmentMembers of the task force​​

​ 30.03.2020

Extending projects

We have defined the deadlines and conditions for the extension of projects. Please read the FAQs, which are regularly updated.

Researchers whose project ends before 31 December 2020 will get a cost-neutral extension of a maximum of six months. If there isn’t enough money left for the extension period, you may apply for an extension grant - provided the project cannot be completed in the context of another SNSF project. For the time being, extension grants will last for up to two months.

For projects that end after 31 December 2020, please submit an application for a cost-neutral extension two to four months before the end of your project.

You can extend the deadline for scientific and financial projects for a maximum of two months.

Will there be a gap in your funding if you wait until 1 October 2020 to submit the application for continuation of your research? The SNSF can give you a grant to bridge the gap between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021.



We are here to help

In spite of the pandemic, the SNSF’s services for researchers are continuing as usual. Thanks to teleworking and video conferences, we are able to conduct the evaluation process in the different funding schemes as planned. We are moving dates where this is necessary. We would like to thank our staff, the members of evaluation bodies and the reviewers for their flexibility and commitment in the current situation. Researchers can find the latest information about special measures in response to the Covid-19 crisis and current calls on our website. If you have any further questions, please get in touch with the relevant division.

FAQsCalls for proposalsContact

​​ 26.03.2020

A host of ideas for coronavirus research

Within 20 days, researchers have submitted 284 applications for the special call. The majority are biomedical, but there are also 80 projects from the humanities and social sciences.

News "A host of ideas for coronavirus research"


"Remove paywalls on scientific publications!"

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, swissuniversities, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries appeal to all publishing houses to make their publications freely accessible.

News "Remove paywalls on scientific publications!"


Requests will be dealt with at pace

Is the coronavirus crisis affecting your research? Do you need to extend the duration of your project or do you require additional funding? Please read the news we published on 19 March 2020. If you have any further questions, please contact the responsible division of the SNSF. We will deal with requests quickly and unbureaucratically.

News "Pandemic: SNSF provides flexible solutions for researchers"


Extension of mobility fellowships

Around 400 researchers will conclude their mobility fellowship between 30 April and 31 December 2020 (Doc.Mobility, Early Postdoc.Mobility, Postdoc.Mobility and Advanced Postdoc.Mobility). As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, many researchers cannot do their work or are limited in what they can achieve. The SNSF is therefore introducing a special measure that will allow affected researchers to extend their fellowship by two months. To cover the costs, it will make available 4 million francs. Researchers can apply for this extension on mySNF as a supplementary grant with the reference "Covid-19". (The mySNF platform will be upgraded in the next few days.)

Fellowship holders affected by the Covid-19 pandemic can also request an extension if their fellowship does not end by 31 December 2020 or if they need more than a two-month extension. Such applications need to be submitted two to four months before the end of the fellowship.

FAQs on Covid-19 for mobility fellowship holders Contacts


Pandemic: the SNSF provides flexible solutions for researchers

The Covid-19 pandemic has created problems for researchers. The SNSF is therefore offering whatever support it can. For example, it has moved the submission deadline for project funding proposals to 8 April 2020.

News "Pandemic: the SNSF provides flexible solutions for researchers"


Special call for research on coronaviruses

The SNSF has launched a special emergency call for coronavirus research. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the virus and improve the clinical and public health response.

News "Special call for research on coronaviruses"