Project funding: same number of applications, but more funds requested


This picture shows the "evaluation" pictogram with a pie chart. © SNSF

In the summer semester of 2014, the SNSF received approximately the same number of project funding applications as in the previous year: by 1 April, researchers had submitted 1,180 applications requesting funding to the tune of CHF 481 million in total.

Whereas the total number of applications remained stable, the requested funding increased by 5.5% compared to the previous year. However, the figures differ depending on the science area: in the humanities and social sciences, both the number of applications and the requested funding decreased slightly (-6% and -2%). In biology and medicine, the number of applications remained stable while the requested funding rose by 9%. And in mathematics and the natural and engineering sciences, both the number of applications and the requested total amount increased (+8% and +7%).

Despite the slight increase in the requested funds, the demand for project funding remains largely unchanged, after rising continually between 2007 and 2011.

The SNSF will evaluate the submitted proposals in the coming months and make the corresponding funding decisions by the end of September 2014.


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