Lead Agency process

The Lead Agency process 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.

Submission deadlines

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


Lead Agency
E-Mail international@snf.ch