In the Weave funding scheme, researchers from two to three European countries submit a joint proposal to one of the funding organisations involved.

Weave was developed by European funders to support excellent research projects. It simplifies the submission of joint applications by centralising evaluation at a single agency.

How does Weave work?

  • Weave follows the bottom-up principle and is embedded in an existing funding scheme of the participating agencies. The rules of the relevant funding scheme apply, there are no additional conditions.
  • With Weave, researchers from two to three European countries or regions can submit a collaborative project proposal to a funding organisation. Each applicant must be eligible for funding at one of the national organisations involved.
  • Weave is based on the principle set out in the Lead Agency agreement. The Lead Agency receives the application and evaluates the project - based on the rules of the funding scheme in which Weave is embedded. After completing the evaluation, the Lead Agency forwards the decision to its partner organisation(s) for endorsement and definition of the grant amount.
  • The researchers appoint one person as the main applicant, whose role includes submitting the joint application to the funding agency of his/her country. For administrative reasons, the co-applicants also need to make parallel submissions to the national funders of their countries.

How are Weave projects financed?

  • At the SNSF, Weave is not a separate funding scheme; rather it is integrated into the project funding scheme.
  • The national funding agencies involved finance the sub-projects conducted in their country.
  • The Weave projects are compared directly with the other projects submitted in the same funding scheme. The funding agencies' aim is to support applications that are among the top 20% submitted in the relevant evaluation round.

Participating countries

Up until now, eleven European countries or regions have signed the Weave agreement.

The Weave tool shows the possible project combinations and the upcoming submission deadlines.

Trilateral projects with France, Israel, Sao Paulo, South Africa, South Tyrol or the United States (Lead Agency process) are not possible.

If the evaluation is carried out by a partner organisation, the application must still be submitted via mySNF within seven days.

Detailed country information:

  • Before submission

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    • For administrative reasons, Weave applications need to be submitted simultaneously to all the funders involved.
    • The applicants need to meet the participation requirements and eligibility criteria defined by their funder.
    • The research plan must conform with the guidelines issued by the Lead Agency; it can be submitted unchanged to the partner organisations.
    • All other data and information must be in line with the guidelines of the funding agencies involved.
    • Costs are calculated on the basis of the relevant national guidelines.
    • Applications have to be submitted in English (exception see Austria and Luxembourg.
  • SNSF as Lead Agency

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    • Weave applications can be submitted to the SNSF by the usual project funding deadlines, 1 April and 1 October. Applicants cannot simultaneously submit any further project funding applications. The submission takes place via the portalExternal Link Icon.
    • For administrative reasons, the applicants based abroad need to simultaneously submit to their respective funders the application to be evaluated by the SNSF as Lead Agency.
    • Please enter the applicants based abroad as co-applicants.
    • Enter the budget of the Swiss subproject in the section “Budget”. For the total project budget, fill in the budget form and upload it.
    • CVs of all persons registered as applicants must be submitted according to SNSF guidelines.
  • Partner organisations as Lead Agency

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    • The deadline of the partner organisation is decisive for the submission.
    • Weave applications can be submitted in the SNSF's project funding scheme at any time.
    • For administrative reasons, the application must be submitted via the mySNF platformExternal Link Icon no later than seven days after submission to the partner organisation.
    • Please enter the applicants based abroad as co-applicants.
    • Enter the budget of the Swiss subproject in the data container "Requested funding”. For the total project budget, fill in the budget form and upload it to the data container "Lead Agency and other agreements".
    • The CV of the Swiss applicants need to meet SNSF guidelines; it is not necessary to submit the CVs and research outputs of the applicants abroad.
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