Thanks to the new ERC Transfer Grants launched by the SNSF, researchers abroad who received an ERC Starting or Consolidator Grant in 2014 can continue their careers in Switzerland without losing any research funds.
ERC Transfer Grants - maintaining Switzerland's appeal for highly qualified researchers: Continue
The SNSF is appealing to the Federal Council to take account of the needs of science and research when implementing the mass immigration initiative.
Federal Council's proposals on immigration: the SNSF's response: Continue
International competition plays an important role in generating research excellence. After the yes vote in the referendum on “mass immigration”, researchers in Switzerland were temporarily unable to apply for the prestigious grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC). Aiming to maintain the international competitiveness of research conducted in Switzerland, the SNSF offered its own
Starting Grants and Consolidator Grants as a stop-gap solution for 2014.
Research in Switzerland under threat: countermeasures by the SNSF: Continue
The SNSF has awarded an SNSF Consolidator Grant to 21 excellent researchers wanting to work in Switzerland. In so doing, it has completed the core tasks linked to the transitional measures it implemented in place of the grants offered by the European Research Council (ERC), from which researchers in Switzerland had been excluded. Despite its successful completion, the scheme must remain a one-off for the SNSF in this form.
SNSF completes evaluation of Temporary Backup Schemes: 21 SNSF Consolidator Grants awarded: Continue
Twenty-seven outstanding young researchers have received an SNSF Starting Grant. The funding level, duration and funding conditions are in line with those of the European Research Council (ERC). This transitional measure of the SNSF offered the Swiss research community an adequate substitute for ERC grants.
The SNSF successfully implements its first transitional measure: Starting Grants awarded to 27 young researchers: Continue
According to the SERI, Switzerland and the EU have agreed on a partial association to Horizon 2020 as of 15 September. This means that researchers in Switzerland can again apply for grants of the European Research Council (ERC). The SNSF has therefore decided not to issue a call for SNSF Advanced Grants.
Horizon 2020: researchers in Switzerland can again apply for ERC grants: Continue
The SNSF has commissioned a report analysing the low participation and success rates of Swiss humanities and social sciences in relation to the grants of the European Research Council (ERC). The SNSF is also issuing a number of recommendations to improve the situation.
Share of Swiss humanities and social sciences in ERC grants : Continue
The Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS) and the SNSF have jointly initiated the collection of data with regard to Switzerland's non-association in Horizon 2020. The aim is to gain information about the impacts on research in Switzerland. The initiators are counting on the support and participation of the science community.
Non-association in Horizon 2020: enter and collect data on the impacts!: Continue
The SNSF is planning to launch a call for SNSF Advanced Grants in mid-August. They are part of the "Temporary Backup Schemes" and replace the ERC Advanced Grants, from which researchers in Switzerland are currently excluded as a result of the continuing non-association of Switzerland with the European research programme Horizon 2020.
SNSF Advanced Grants: call expected in mid-August: Continue
Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann today met with those in charge at the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). They discussed the current situation and further procedure with regard to the Temporary Backup Measures launched at short notice by the SNSF as well as Switzerland's possible temporary exclusion from Horizon 2020.
Research in Switzerland under pressure: Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann visits the SNSF: Continue
Launched as a substitute for European funding schemes, the SNSF Starting Grants have met with a positive response: 145 researchers have submitted their applications to the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The SNSF has also appointed a Commission for "Temporary Backup Schemes".
SNSF Starting Grants: researchers seize the opportunity: Continue
Excellent researchers who are currently unable to apply to the European Research Council for ERC Grants at Swiss research institutions because of the successful mass immigration initiative will be able to apply for comparable grants at the SNSF in the context of transitional measures in 2014. The aim is to maintain Switzerland’s strong position as a centre of research.
Transitional measure: SNSF wants to offer excellent researchers temporary substitute for ERC funding schemes at Swiss intitutions : Continue