Can the research institution keep the overhead contribution if I do not conduct the project or fail to complete it?

If the project is not carried out, the answer is no; if the project is discontinued, the answer is yes. In principle, the overhead contributions for a research institution are calculated on the basis of the previous year’s baseline grants and are not subject to retroactive adjustment. There is no adjustment if a project is discontinued, and subsequent overhead-related payments cannot be assigned for additional grants. The exception to this is where an approved grant is renounced and the project is not executed at all. Here, the SNSF will deduct overhead contributions already assigned to the relevant research institution from the next overhead contribution settlement.