Sinergia promotes the interdisciplinary collaboration of two to four research groups that propose breakthrough research.
The Sinergia regulations provide the legal basis for Sinergia proposals and grants, and describe the conditions for awarding a Sinergia grant.
The Sinergia regulations are based on the Funding Regulations and the Implementation Regulations of the SNSF.
Before drafting a Sinergia proposal, applicants need to ensure that the project also complies with the following definitions and rules:
Interdisciplinary research is defined as research across disciplinary boundaries. In order to achieve the research objectives, it is necessary to integrate elements (theories, methods, concepts, etc.) from two or more disciplines. A similar degree of importance is attached to all the disciplines involved. Collaborative proposals that involve only one discipline or one main discipline supported by auxiliary disciplines should be submitted in SNSF project funding:
Link project funding (Research in one main discipline)
An application should be related to disciplines from at least two different research domains of the following SNSF-list:
SNSF research domains and disciplines (PDF)
Collaborative research means that the research goals can only be achieved if two or more applicants combine their complementary expertise and knowledge in a new, joint research approach. The collaboration of research groups from different types of institutions (UASs, UTEs, universities, ETH/EPF, etc.) is also welcome.
Breakthrough research is distinguished by a high potential for shifting or invalidating paradigms. This type of research questions or goes beyond existing models, theories, doctrines, research approaches, methods, etc. It opens up new research fields and is often of a high-risk, high-reward nature.
Applications must be submitted via the online platform mySNF:
It is recommended that applicants start entering details in mySNF as soon as possible after the launch of the call (early April 2016). Setting up a new mySNF user account may take up to one week. On mySNF, help texts offer detailed advice on writing and submitting the grant application. The application has to be written in English.
The CVs and scientific track records of all applicants, as well as the research plan must be submitted as PDF-documents via mySNF. The following guidelines must be adhered to in principle:
The following specific aspects of the general assessment criteria of the SNSF (scientific quality of the proposed research project, scientific qualifications of the researchers) assume greater importance in the evaluation of Sinergia proposals:
The evaluation consists of three steps:
Regulations of the National Research Council on the treatment of scientific misconduct by applicants and grantees (PDF)
List of questions for the assessment of Sinergia applications (PDF)
The final decision is generally taken five-and-a-half to six months after the submission deadline. The Administrative Offices of the SNSF communicates the final decision to the applicants as soon as possible in the form of a ruling (in accordance with the Federal Act on Administrative Procedure).
It will still be possible for applicants and their research groups to collaborate on Sinergia projects; however, only two to four applicants should be responsible for a Sinergia project.
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No, only one Sinergia project can be submitted per submission date and per person.
No, unless the ongoing project ends before or only a few months after the new project is expected to start.
Yes, a Sinergia proposal can be submitted at the same time as a project funding proposal.
Yes, a Sinergia proposal can be submitted during the running time of a project funding grant.
No, it is not possible to submit any follow-up applications in the strict sense. Follow-up projects on the same topic must be submitted as new proposals.
No, it is no longer possible to submit follow-up applications for interdisciplinary single projects. However, the continuation of interdisciplinary projects on the same topic can be submitted as a Sinergia application if at least two applicants collaborate on the project and the project meets the requirements set out in the Sinergia Regulations.
Yes, if at least two applicants collaborate on the project and the project meets the requirements set out in the Sinergia Regulations.
No, at least two applicants must be involved in a Sinergia project.
For collaborative projects that are not interdisciplinary, you will have the option to apply within a certain frame for SNSF project funding (Divisions I-III) by the usual submission deadlines.
Yes, if the other co-applicants have enough project management experience. The experience of the co-applicants must be appropriate to the size and complexity of the project - the bigger the project, the more experience is required.
Yes, if you have a position at a higher education institution for the planned duration of the Sinergia project, or if you have received an written assurance to this effect. In addition, you have to meet the SNSF requirements with regard to research experience (4 years after the doctorate).
Yes, Sinergia projects can include at most one research group based abroad if the Sinergia consortium consists of at least 3 applicants, and provided no researchers in Switzerland with similar expertise is available. Like the Swiss groups involved in the project, the group based abroad may receive a grant enabling it to carry out the research work necessary for the success of the Sinergia project.
Yes, two research groups from the same institution can participate in a Sinergia project if they work in separate units and if the interdisciplinary nature of the project is guaranteed.
Collaborative according to the SNSF means that the relevant research goals can only be achieved if two or more applicants combine their complementary expertise and knowledge in a new, joint research approach. The joint research goals should be set in such a manner that they can only be achieved through close collaboration. The planned collaboration must be described in the research plan.
Breakthrough research according to the SNSF is distinguished by a high potential for shifting or invalidating paradigms. This type of research calls into question or goes beyond existing models, theories, doctrines, research approaches, methods, etc. It opens up new research fields and is often high-risk, high-reward.
A maximum amount of CHF 3.2 million may be requested in a Sinergia application. The adequacy of the budget constitutes one of the evaluation criteria.
The evaluation results of the Sinergia proposals submitted by 1 June are generally communicated at the end of November, those of the proposals submitted by 1 December at the end of May. The funding decision is communicated in the form of a letter. Two days after the letter is dispatched, the results will also be available on mySNF, including the external reviews.
The Sinergia funding scheme has been revised to support interdisciplinary projects that involve breakthrough research.
Revised Sinergia funding scheme: Details
As part of its review of project funding, the SNSF is re-positioning its Sinergia funding scheme. New regulations will apply for the next submission deadline on 1 June 2016.
Sinergia: innovations as of 2016: Details
1 June and 1 December
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