Practice-to-Science: 11 grants approved in second call for proposals

The SNSF is investing 6 million francs in 11 projects under its Practice-to-Science scheme.

Within the scope of a pilot project, the SNSF launched a call for Practice-to-Science grants aimed at promoting competition in use-inspired research fields. The grants are aimed at qualified experts with sound practical experience who wish to return to academia as assistant professors at a university of applied sciences or a university of teacher education. These time-limited positions offer the opportunity of obtaining higher qualifications or a permanent position.

Two-stage selection process

In July 2021, 50 researchers submitted an application for a Practice-to-Science grant. Of these, 16 were selected for the second phase of the evaluation. After completing the two-stage process, the SNSF has awarded 11 grants.

Thanks to their Practice-to-Science grant, the 11 researchers will have the opportunity to establish themselves at professorial level and conduct an independent project at a university of applied sciences or a university of teacher education. They will receive 543,265 francs on average. These grants will enable them to take an important step forward in their careers.

Wide range of projects

Of the 11 projects to be funded, seven are from the area of mathematics, natural and engineering sciences, three are in the humanities and social sciences and one is in biology and medicine. The projects hence cover a wide range of topics. Most will already start at the beginning of 2022 and run for three years. A list of all funded projects is available below and on the Practice-to-Science web page.

Next steps

The Practice-to-Science scheme has been put on pause for 2022, but the pilot project will be continued in 2023 with a new call for proposals. Details of this call, incl. the launch date, submission deadline and eligibility requirements, will be available on our website by the end of this year.