Lead Agency process

The Lead Agency process is part of the project funding scheme and is aimed at researchers in Switzerland who wish to conduct a cross-border research project. It simplifies the submission and evaluation of transnational applications.

​A Lead Agency application can be submitted by researchers in Switzerland together with researchers in a country that has signed an agreement with the SNSF. Such applications must have a joint research question and a joint research plan, i.e. the subprojects carried out in the individual countries must be interdependent and complementary.

The Lead Agency process forms part of the SNSF's project funding scheme and is not a funding scheme in its own right. Lead Agency applications are subject to the same provisions that govern project funding.

  • Austria

    ​The evaluation is carried out by the organisation where the higher amount of funding is requested.

    SNSF: 1 April and 1 October
    FWF: no deadlines

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  • France

    Without pre-registration before 1 December 2020, no applications can be submitted in 2021.

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  • Germany

    ​The evaluation is carried out by the organisation where the higher amount of funding is requested.

    SNSF: 1 April and 1 October
    DFG: no deadlines

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  • Luxembourg

    ​The evaluation is carried out by the organisation where the larger share of research is required, calculated by person-months.

    SNSF: 1 April and 1 October
    FNR: April 2021

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  • Belgium (Flanders)

    Submission 2021 at the FWO

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  • Wallonia Brussels Federation

    ​Submission 2021 at the F.R.S-FNRS

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  • Poland

    ​Submission 2020: 15 December at the NCN

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  • Slovenia

    The call opens 11 December 2020
    Submission to ARRS: 12 February 2021

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  • Czech Republic

    Submission 2021 at GACR

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  • South Tyrol

    ​Every 1 April at the SNSF

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  • Croatia

    Submission : at the SNF 1 April and 1 October or HRZZ. HRZZ launches the next call in June 2021.

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  • Sao Paulo

    ​SNSF: 1 October

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  • South Africa

    ​Submission at SNSF 1 April 2021

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Submission deadlines

1 October and 1 April, if the proposal is submitted to the SNSF, otherwise the submission deadlines of the partner organisations apply.

Contact

Lead Agency
E-Mail inst@snf.ch