CHIST-ERA call 2023: New topics for European projects

Researchers from Switzerland can participate in this year’s CHIST-ERA call, including coordinating consortia.

Since 2010, the European funding instrument CHIST-ERA (European coordinated research on long-term ICT and ICT-based scientific challenges), has supported research collaboration in information and communication sciences and technologies. This year, it has launched a call for projects in the following two areas:

  • Multidimensional Geographic Information Systems (MultiGIS)
  • Smart Contracts for Digital Transformation Ecosystems (SmartC)

Researchers can submit project proposals from 15 January 2024 until 10 April 2024. Successful applicants will be informed by October 2024 and will be able to start the project on 1 December 2024 at the earliest.

Under CHIST-ERA, international consortiums composed of researchers from at least three of the following countries can submit applications: Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Kingdom. To contribute to better diffusion of scientific excellence within the European Union, consortia are encouraged to include researchers from the "widening countries" (mentioned in italics above).

As CHIST-ERA is supported by the Horizon 2020 framework programme, to which Switzerland is fully associated, researchers in Switzerland are eligible to coordinate consortia.

An international panel will scientifically evaluate the proposals. Each partner in a consortium is supported by a research funding agency from his or her country or region. Applicants from Switzerland must be eligible for the SNSF's project funding scheme and are urged to contact us if this is their first submission to the SNSF.

Along with the CHIST-ERA application, you need to submit an administrative application to the SNSF via mySNF (under Programmes/ERA-NET). The consortia are encouraged to adopt the good practice rules regarding open access to publications (Open Access) and information (Open Data) as of project submission, in line with the new Open Science policy of CHIST-ERA.

Last year, CHIST-ERA supported the topics "Security and Privacy in Decentralised and Distributed Systems" and "Machine Learning-based Communication Systems, towards Wireless AI". A research partner in Switzerland is involved in three of the nine approved projects.