508 applications for SNSF Starting Grants 2024

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Researchers have submitted 508 applications in the call for SNSF Starting Grants 2024.

In terms of subject areas, the 508 applications break down as follows: 173 are from the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering, 149 relate to biology and medicine, and 186 are from the humanities and social sciences. On average, the researchers have proposed a budget of CHF 1.73 million per project.

In 2024, female researchers account for 43.1% of the applications. Last year, the proportion of women was 48.5%. The largest number of applicants (70.1%) plan to carry out their research at a university, while the ETH Domain accounts for 23.2% and universities of applied sciences for 3.4% of applications.

Next step: evaluation

Panels of national and international experts will examine the projects in a two-stage procedure. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of reports compiled both by internal and external experts as well as through interviews. In November 2024, applicants will be informed whether their project will receive SNSF funding.

The SNSF launched this call on behalf of the Confederation as part of the SNSF Starting Grants transitional measure, as Switzerland has non-associated third country status in Horizon Europe. The "SNSF Starting Grants 2024" call was aimed at scientists who, together with their teams, wish to launch their own project in Switzerland. As in 2023, the SNSF Starting Grants 2024 cover the PRIMA and Eccellenza funding instruments.