Call for proposals: analysis of the category "use-inspired basic research" at the SNSF


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The SNSF is issuing a call for proposals to study the handling of the category "use-inspired basic research". This is a public call.

The SNSF introduced the category "use-inspired basic research" in summer 2011 as part of its regular project funding scheme. The aim was to take account of strongly application-oriented projects and ensure that they are evaluated appropriately.

Since 2011 approximately 2000 research projects – or 20% of all submitted applications – have been declared "use-inspired".

Five years after the introduction of this category, the SNSF is issuing a call for proposals to study the handling of use-inspired projects. An important part of the study will involve analysing, on the one hand, the understanding of the concept of "use-inspired basic research" among researchers and members of evaluation committees and, on the other hand, reviewing the evaluation process for use-inspired projects at the SNSF.

This is a public call aimed primarily at agencies specialised in the evaluation of science policy. The deadline for the submission of proposals is 30 May 2016.


Humanities and Social Sciences division
Ingrid Kissling-Näf