Project funding

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The Swiss National Science Foundation (hereinafter "the SNSF") provides project funding to enable researchers to conduct research projects on self-chosen topics and with self-chosen goals under their own responsibility.

Researchers can apply for coverage of research costs and staff salaries as well as for the funding of scientific cooperation, networking and communication; however, they may not apply for their own salaries.

The grants are awarded for one to four years and the minimum amount that can be requested is 50 000 CHF. Project funding is intended to encourage researchers to focus on one project and plan it for a four-year period.

Aiming to optimise its main funding scheme, the SNSF commissioned a client survey on project funding and set up an internal working group in 2013. The resulting changes mean that the project funding scheme has become clearer and more attractive to researchers and promotes research more effectively. The changes and the new Project funding regulations entered into force in October 2016.

Swiss Research Funding - Researcher Survey for the Swiss National Science Foundation (Report 5/2014) (PDF, 4.9 MB)

​Submission deadlines

1 April and 1 October
17.00 Swiss local time


Division Humanities and Social Sciences

Division Mathematics, Natural and Engineering Sciences

Division Biology and Medicine

Telephone (reception):
031 308 22 22