2014 series

Home institution: EPFL

Up until now, the development of new materials was based on intuition and trial and error. The NCCR "MARVEL – Materials’ Revolution: Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials" aims at bringing about a scientific and technological revolution, whereby discoveries and inventions will come from quantum mechanical simulations and the information and communication technologies (ICT) of big data. With computers becoming more and more powerful, it is now possible to screen rapidly for tens of thousands of materials at the same time. This computational approach to the discovery and development of materials will be applied to the fields of energy, ICT and pharmaceuticals.

Further information on the NCCR:

  • Contact details

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    ​NCCR Management

    NCCR Director

    Prof. Nicola Marzari
    Station 9
    CH-1015 Lausanne
    Phone: +41 (0) 21 693 11 29
    nicola.marzari@epfl.chExternal Link Icon

    Management / Coordination

    Dr. Lidia Favre-Quattropani
    Dr. Patrick Mayor
    Station 9
    CH-1015 Lausanne
    Phone: +41 (0) 21 693 48 80 / 46 96
    lidia.quattropani@epfl.chExternal Link Icon
    patrick.mayor@epfl.chExternal Link Icon

  • Funding

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    NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institution involved in the NCCR also contributes a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.

    The SNSF is financing the NCCR MARVEL in its second funding period.

    Financing 2014 – 2021 (Swiss francs)

    Funding source2014-2017​2018 - 2021
    ​SNSF grant​18'000'00018'203'327
    Funds of EPFL5'674'162​4'603'139
    ​Group funds of the project participants21'892'74320'837'521
    ​External funds​587'725​527'217
  • Evaluation / Review Panel

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    ​For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR MARVEL consists of the following experts:

    Contact person at the SNSF

    Dr. Nathalie Schaller
    NCCR Team
    Swiss National Science Foundation
    Wildhainweg 3
    CH-3001 Berne
    Phone: +41 (0) 31 308 23 48
    nathalie.schaller@snf.chExternal Link Icon

  • Research structures

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    National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.

    NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.

  • Contributions to society and the economy

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    ​The National Centres of Competence in Research not only engage in cutting-edge research, they also play an important role in transferring knowledge and new technologies to the economy and to society at large. They lead to the formation of start-ups, and the new insights have the potential to awaken the interest of politicians, globally active companies and the public at large.

    Communication and knowledge transfer of the NCCR MARVEL

  • Promotion of academic careers and equal opportunities

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    ​The National Centres of Competence in Research consciously promote promising young researchers and are committed to equal opportunities for men and women in research.

    Measures taken by the NCCR MARVEL to promote young researchers and gender equality: