f) Can I apply for a Spark project that is longer than 12 months?

The maximum duration of a Spark project is 12 months. In exceptional cases, and if scientifically sufficiently justified based on the project description, the applicants may apply for a maximum project duration of two years. However, the maximum budget remains fixed at CHF 100,000. A typical example would be a project that is seasonal and requires measurements to be made over two consecutive seasons.

Projects with a duration of more than 12 months will not be accepted if the duration is not sufficiently justified for scientific reasons. Administrative reasons will not be considered.