The stepping stone to your professorship!
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.
Can I submit an Ambizione or Eccellenza grant during the evaluation of my PRIMA application?
You can’t submit an Ambizione or Eccellenza grant during the evaluation of your PRIMA application.
Can I submit a PRIMA grant if I did not change institution after my PhD, equivalent qualification to a PhD, or medical exam?
Yes you can submit a PRIMA grant without a change of institution after your relevant exam. Mobility is not part of the personal criteria which need to be fulfilled to apply for PRIMA. However, you need to plan a stay at a host institution if you did not change institution after your relevant exam and if you will not change institution for the PRIMA grant.
Can I submit a PRIMA grant with a SNSF project?
You can’t submit a PRIMA grant if you have a SNSF project under evaluation. If you have an approved or ongoing SNSF project, you can’t submit a PRIMA grant if the SNSF project falls within the requested duration of support of the submitted PRIMA grant.
If I am rejected, can I resubmit a PRIMA grant?
If you meet the personal requirements, you can submit only one further PRIMA grant. With the resubmission, you should provide a point-for-point response to the critiques raised in the rejection letter and comment on significant changes in the research plan, if applicable.
Do I need to show a previous link with Switzerland to apply for PRIMA?
You do not need to have a previous link to Switzerland. However your PRIMA project will have to be conducted at a Swiss research institution, which will have to commit to adhere to the obligations listed in the written confirmation of the research institution.