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The SNSF strives to improve its processes at all times based on scientific knowledge. For this purpose, it may launch public calls for targeted studies and evaluations from time to time. You will also find calls for other services on this page.


Mandate for Horizons’ Layout – Expression of interest


The Swiss research magazine Horizons is co-published by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences (a+). The 52-page publication is issued four times a year in German and French in a printed edition, and in English on the trilingual website Readers are researchers or former researchers, actors in the field of science policy, journalists and the general public.

The magazine is managed by a team of editors and supporting staff at SNSF and a+. An external design agency oversees the graphic layout of the printed magazine: layout proposal, coordination of photographs, illustrations and infographics, page layout, production of printing files. Collaboration with the Horizons team can be in German or in English.

Renewal of the layout mandate

The mandate for the magazine’s layout will be renewed in 2019 in view of the relaunch of the structure and layout of the magazine in 2020.

We invite design agencies to send us an expression of interest in this mandate to the contact given above. It should include:

  • a cover letter giving details of the agency, its experience with similar product and a short statement about a vision for Horizons (documents in German or in English sent by email);
  • a sample of 2-5 similar products (documents sent by post).

Deadline: 6 October 2019

In a second step, a small number of agencies will be invited to submit and present a detailed bid, based on a detailed description of the mandate. The final selection will be made by the end of December 2019. The first issue of the magazine will be produced with the chosen agency in spring 2020 and published in early June 2020.


Horizons Magazine
Wildhainweg 3 P.O. Box,
CH-3001 Bern
Phone +41 31 308 22 22


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