The stepping stone to your professorship!
Important note: The federal government has mandated the SNSF to launch the SNSF Starting Grants 2023. The call will open on 1 November 2022, the deadline for submission is 1 February 2023. The SNSF Starting Grants 2023 are an integrative call for proposals which, as a transitional measure, covers both the ERC Starting Grants 2023 and the existing SNSF funding schemes Eccellenza and PRIMA. For this reason, there will be no separate calls for Eccellenza, PRIMA or the future SNSF Professorial Fellowships in 2023. The latter was announced in early 2022 as a new scheme merging PRIMA and Eccellenza. Detailed information will be given in due course. (14.10.2022).
PRIMA grants are aimed at excellent women researchers who show a high potential for obtaining a professorship. PRIMA grantees conduct an independent research project with their own team at least at the group leader level within a Swiss research institution.
PRIMA grants cover the grantee's salary and project costs for a five-year period. With this competitive grant, PRIMA grantees can carve out a name for themselves and take the next step up the academic career ladder: a professorship. If a PRIMA grantee is appointed as a professor in Switzerland during the funding period, the remaining amount of the PRIMA grant will be transferred to the new place of work as research funds.
The main participation requirements are listed below. Please consult the PRIMA Regulations to determine your formal eligibility.
- have a doctorate (PhD) or at least three years of research activity after obtaining their higher education degree (equivalent qualification to a doctorate).
- have acquired at least two years of research experience after their doctorate or equivalent qualification to a doctorate.
- submit their application between two and ten years after their PhD defense or after the date of the equivalent qualification to a doctorate.
- have a medical exam (state examination or equivalent).
- have acquired at least three years of clinical work and at least 2 years of research activities after their medical exam.
- submit their application up to 14 years after their medical exam.
The time periods are calculated on the basis of the relevant submission deadline for PRIMA applications.
The applications must be submitted via the mySNF platform. The mySNF platform will be opened for submission three months before the respective application deadline.
PRIMA applications are evaluated in two phases.
Members of the evaluation bodies
The list contains the names of the members of evaluation bodies. For the SNSF, interaction between applicants and members of evaluation bodies over applications is not compatible with academic best practices.
Where can I find the information needed to create a proposal?
Regulations, guidelines and other important information can be found under "Documents".
Is it possible to extend the eligibility period in special circumstances?
The time window for submission of a PRIMA proposal can be extended if the applicant has suffered a delay due to one of the reasons stated in Clause 1.11 of the General implementation regulations for the Funding Regulations.
What is the difference between the academic age and the net academic age?
The academic age indicates how much time has passed since the doctorate. It is relevant for calculating the time window in accordance with the personal requirements (see Article 5 of the PRIMA Regulations). On the other hand, the net academic age indicates how much time you have been able to spend doing research since your doctorate; it is taken into account in the evaluation.
What can I enter in the forms to declare mobility and to calculate the net academic age?
Please refer to the guidelines and the instructions in the relevant forms. In the mobility statement, you should give reasons for your choice of research institution and set out your completed and planned mobility. In the form used to calculate the net academic age, you should indicate how much time you have been able to spend doing research since your doctorate.
My PRIMA grant is still ongoing. Can I apply for further career funding from the SNSF?
PRIMA grantees can apply for an SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship 18 months after starting their PRIMA grant at the earliest.
How many times can I apply?
Applicants whose request for a PRIMA grant was rejected may submit one further application.
Are any exceptions possible for PRIMA regarding the minimum of two years' research work required after the doctorate?
No exceptions can be granted. This requirement needs to be met by the submission deadline, with the date of the exam or thesis defence being the relevant date.
Can I submit a PRIMA proposal in parallel with an SNSF project?
You cannot submit a PRIMA proposal if you have an SNSF project under evaluation. If you have an approved or ongoing SNSF project, you cannot submit a PRIMA proposal for the same funding period.