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  • FAQ SNSF Advanced Grants

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    Can I use the same templates for grant submission as provided for the EU AdG call 2021?

    Yes, the ERC AdG 2021 word templates have been integrated into the SNSF Advanced Grants call and are available in mySNF.

    - Extended synopsis and research plan

    - CV and track record templates

    - Resources

    - Host institution commitment letter

    As a researcher, do I have to provide proof that I intended to apply for an ERC AdG in 2021?

    The SNSF is offering transitional measures for researchers who intended to apply for an ERC AdG grant in 2021 under the Horizon Europe programme. Applicants do not need to provide any proof, however.

    Can a researcher with less than ten years of research experience apply for an SNSF Advanced Grant?

    Researchers can apply for an SNSF Advanced Grant even if they do not yet have ten years of research experience. However, all applicants should be active and established researchers and team leaders with an outstanding track record, which must be set out in the application. For more information on the expected profile of the Advanced Grant applicant, please refer to the SNSF Advanced Grants call document.

    Under the SNSF Advanced Grants call, can team members be hosted by a research organisation other than the host institution?

    Yes, according to the SNSF regulations, team members can be hosted by other research organisation(s). The research organisation(s) should be referred to as (an) additional partner(s) in the research proposal.

    Are only PhD holders eligible to apply for an SNSF Advanced Grant 2021?

    Yes, according to the SNSF regulations a PhD or equivalent degree (MD) is required to submit a proposal to the SNSF Advanced Grants call.

    Can an applicant request that the evaluators assess their track record over an extended period going back more than ten years (scientifically productive and creative career achievements)?

    In specific circumstances, applicants may present their achievements over a period longer than the past ten years. Those circumstances should be factual and clearly reported in the CV. The reviewers are asked to take such circumstances into consideration.

    Will external experts have access to all my proposal documents during the evaluation process?

    Under the SNSF Advanced Grants call, the proposals are evaluated in two stages:

    In step 1, only the extended synopsis, CV and track record are evaluated (panel members and external experts do not have access to the full proposal at this stage). It is therefore important that this part of the proposal includes all essential information.

    In step 2, the full proposal, budget and time commitment are evaluated by panel members and external reviewers.

    The external experts will not have access to the administrative information provided in mySNF.

    Should the applicant include a budget table and justification of resources in a separate document?

    Under the SNSF Advanced Grants call, the requested budget needs to be entered in the data container “Requested budget” in mySNF (no specific budget table is required):

    The justification of resources needs to be provided in a separate document (see section 3.1. of the SNSF Advanced Grants call document) und uploaded in the mySNF data container “Research Plan and Resources”. All eligible costs must be in line with the aims of the project for its entire duration and fully justified. The estimation of project costs should be as accurate as possible. The evaluation panels assess the estimated costs carefully and are entitled to reduce unjustified budgets. The applicant should not include any description of resources or budget details in the scientific proposal.

    Can a small or medium-sized enterprise qualify as host institution in order to support an SNSF Advanced Grant project?

    The host institution must be a legal entity based in Switzerland (public or private sector). Higher education institutions or non-commercial research institutions outside the higher education sector must be domiciled in Switzerland and financing must be predominantly Swiss.

    What is the page limit of the scientific proposal?

    Under the SNSF Advanced Grants call, the scientific proposal should not exceed 14 pages (not including references).

    If I am awarded an SNSF Advanced Grant, will I still be able to apply for other SNSF grants?

    Yes, holders of SNSF Advanced Grants can submit proposals in other SNSF funding schemes, such as project funding or R’Equip, as long as the proposals address different topics and have different aims and methodologies.

  • FAQ SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships

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    What is the grant award of a SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship?

    With the Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships, the SNSF covers the recipients’ salary and social security costs. Calculated on a full-time basis, the annual gross salary of the postdoc, excluding social security contributions by the employer (host institution), lies within the following range:

    CHF 80,000 to 105,000.

    Within the stated salary range, institutions may apply their usual salary standards. The SNSF reserves the right to lower any disproportionately high salaries specified by individual institutions for other employees.

    For guidelines on the rates for employees and for social contributions, refer to:

    Annex 12: Salary ranges, guidelines for employees in SNSF-funded projects
    and blankets amounts for social security contributions
    (PDF)

    In addition to the recipients’ salary, project funds, including research costs directly linked to the implementation of the project, training and networking contributions, are also covered. Project funds must not exceed CHF 24,000 for a two-year grant. If the duration of the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship is less than 2 years, the maximum amount will be proportionately smaller.

    Can an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship be conducted at different host institutions?

    In principle, the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship is awarded for a continuous stay in Switzerland. It is permissible, however, to conduct the stay at different host institutions in Switzerland or abroad. Also, it is permissible to spend parts of the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship at institutions operating in the practical field (industry, administration, etc.; Intersectoral mobility). The total duration of such stays may not, however, exceed one third of the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship. During the period spent at another host institution, the grantee will remain employed at the (main) host institution in Switzerland.

    Do I need as a researcher in the medical field to have a PhD to be eligible for an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship or is an MD also accepted?

    At the time of the submission deadline, researchers must hold a doctoral degree (PhD) to be eligible as postdoctoral researchers. A medical doctor degree will be accepted only if it corresponds to a doctoral degree (PhD, MD-PhD) or if the researcher can show that, they have been appointed to a position that requires doctoral equivalency (e.g. professorship appointment thanks to a Staatsexamen or equivalent exam). Medical doctor degrees corresponding to basic medical training (e.g. MD, see also Annex V of Directive 2005/36/EC) will not be considered a doctoral degree.

    Researchers who have defended their doctoral thesis but not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will also be considered postdoctoral researchers and eligible. An official document confirming that they have successfully passed the doctoral exam is required.

    Note that doctoral studies for attaining an MD-PhD degree cannot be funded under the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships call.

    As the recipient of an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship, can I work part-time?

    Researchers must commit themselves as grantees to a work quota of 100% (1.0 FTE). A part-time work quota corresponding to at least 80% (0.8 FTE) is possible if the grantee has clinical or care duties, or pursues courses at a higher education institution to further his/her career.

    For researchers doing clinical work: The salary share dedicated to research (at least 80%) is covered by the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship. The salary share for the work-time percentage dedicated to clinical work (up to 20%) must be covered by the research institution.

    As the recipient of an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship, can I delay the start of the grant and, if yes, for how long?

    Yes, a delay is possible until one year after the date of the SNSF decision letter.

    I am a recipient of an MSCA grant. Can I apply for an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship?

    Recipients of an MSCA grant can apply for an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship if the eligibility criteria are met. By the submission date and during the evaluation of an application, researchers must immediately inform the SNSF about any other applications currently being evaluated by the SNSF or third parties as well as about ongoing grants from the SNSF or third parties. (Funding Regulations (PDF), Article 18). The SNSF does not award any grants for research projects that are already being funded by the SNSF or third parties (Funding Regulations (PDF), Article 8, Paragraph 3, letter e). In other words, double funding for the same research project is explicitly excluded. Should the applicant receive another grant from the SNSF for the same project, they must decide which one to accept and which one to decline.

    Under SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships, may a supervisor have multiple grantees?

    Yes, a supervisor can host multiple recipients of a Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship, as long as support for each of them is ensured. However, the SNSF does not award any grants for research projects that are already being funded by the SNSF or third parties (Funding Regulations (PDF), Article 8, Paragraph 3). In other words, double funding for the same research project is explicitly excluded.

    Under SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships, the researcher has been living in Switzerland for more than one year. Is the researcher eligible to apply for an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship?

    No, the researcher would not be eligible for an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship. In order to ensure the equal treatment of all applicants, the mobility rule is applied strictly*. However, short stays for medical reasons (including entry quarantine due to Covid regulations) will not be taken into account for the assessment of the mobility rule. If the researcher had to relocate to Switzerland in order to obtain medical care during a significant period of time, this long stay will, however, be taken into account.

    *Please note: As the deadline set for this year’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships is 12 October 2021, researchers are also eligible to apply for an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship if they would have been able to meet the mobility rule on 12 October 2021 and apply under the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme.

    Under SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships, how will the mobility rule be applied to periods of remote working/teleworking, when assessing eligibility?

    In order to be eligible, the researcher cannot be in either of the two following situations*:

    • have resided in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately prior to the call deadline;
    • have carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately prior to the call deadline. In case of remote work performed from another country for an employer located in Switzerland, the place of main activity is considered as Switzerland.

    Example: A researcher started a contract with a Swiss university in January 2020. However, the researcher worked for the Swiss university remotely from another country. As per the mobility rule in Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships, the researcher will not be eligible.

    *Please note: As the deadline set for this year’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships is 12 October 2021, researchers are also eligible to apply for an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship if they would have been able to meet the mobility rule on 12 October 2021 and apply under the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme.

    The researcher exceeds the eligibility window of 8 years after the obtainment of the PhD degree with respect to the submission deadline. Can the researcher still apply for an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship?

    In case researchers exceed the eligibility window with respect to the submission deadline, an extension may be requested. Researchers must explain their reasons for applying for an extension to the SNSF. In particular, the following reasons for delays are acceptable (see Clause 1.11 para. 2 of the General implementation regulations for the Funding Regulations (PDF)):

    a. paternity, adoption or parental leave;

    b. inability to work due to illness or accident;

    c. care duties;

    d. services that benefit the general public, particularly military or civilian service;

    e. continuing education in connection with the applicant’s research activities, particularly internships or clinical work;

    f. preparatory activities connected to the dissertation, e.g. participation in classes at a doctoral school.

    The weeks during which the research activity was interrupted, reduced or not increased for an acceptable reason will be considered for the extension. The difference in percentage between the actual work-time percentage and 100% is recognized. If the research work is interrupted, the relevant weeks will be recognized for the extension in full (100%).

    In the event of maternity, the relevant period is extended by 18 months per child. 6 If the applicant can prove that the delay exceeds 18 months, the additional time will be added to the said period.

    Important notice: The SNSF will perform the eligibility assessment only after the submission deadline based on the whole dossier. In other words, a pre-eligibility check before the call deadline cannot be made.

    Under SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships, can researchers of any nationality apply?

    Researchers for an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship can be of any nationality (including Swiss nationality), who have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately prior to the submission deadline*.

    *Please note: As the deadline set for this year’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships is 12 October 2021, researchers are also eligible to apply for an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship if they would have been able to meet the mobility rule on 12 October 2021 and apply under the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme.

  • Aktuelle Infos für Forschende

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    24.09.2021

    Horizon Europe: Übergangslösungen ab Oktober

    Die Schweiz ist zurzeit beim EU-Forschungs- und Innovationsprogramm Horizon Europe nicht-assoziierter Drittstaat. Deshalb führt der SNF im Auftrag des Bundes Übergangsmassnahmen durch, um Forschende zu unterstützen.

    Horizon Europe: Übergangslösungen ab Oktober

    17.09.2021

    SNF mit Durchführung von Übergangslösungen für Horizon Europe beauftragt

    Wegen der Nicht-Assoziierung der Schweiz an Horizon Europe hat der Bundesrat dem SNF den Auftrag erteilt, Übergangslösungen für Schweizer Forschende zu erarbeiten.

    SNF mit Durchführung von Übergangslösungen für Horizon Europe beauftragt

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