Projects on health and wellbeing

For researchers at universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education: the SNSF will fund projects in the area of health and wellbeing for a limited period. CHF 15 million is available for the first year.

Important: pre-register by 15 January 2023 via health@snf.chExternal Link Icon.

Health is a topic of great importance to Swiss society. The SNSF is funding research on this topic at universities of applied sciences (UAS) and universities of teacher education (UTE) for a limited period. This will provide additional funding opportunities for promising projects on health and wellbeing. Our general aim is to strengthen use-inspired research at the universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education.

Calls for proposals are planned for 2023 and 2024.

This funding scheme is subject to the same conditions as the SNSF’s project funding. Applications may be submitted by researchers who conduct their work independently, under their own responsibility and with self-chosen goals.

  • Participation requirements

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    Researchers at universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education whose research is directly related to health and wellbeing are eligible to apply.

    The formal requirements are set out in Articles 4 and 5 of the SNSF’s Project Funding Reguations.

    By the submission deadline, applicants may submit one application only in relation to this call for proposals.

    The restrictions on the number of ongoing projects and applications for project funding (Art. 13 para. 2 of the Project Funding Regulations) apply to this call for proposals.

  • How to

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    You must pre-register your application by 15 January 2023 via Please provide the following information:

    • Names of applicants
    • Institution
    • Project partners
    • Discipline(s)
    • Summary (max. 1 page)
    • 5-10 key words

    Application submission

    The call opens on 1 February 2023. Please submit your application by no later than 17:00 on 1 May 2023 via the mySNF platform. Please select the funding scheme “Health Research and Wellbeing at UAS and UTE”.

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    The requirements for the research plan can be found in the call document. The language of the application must be English.

  • Guidelines and regulations

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    You can find detailed information about this funding scheme in the call document.

    The call for proposals in the area of health and wellbeing is subject to the conditions on project funding, which are set out in three sets of regulations:

    The following guidelines are based on the regulations. They contain additional explanations and instructions which are intended to facilitate the practical application of the regulatory provisions. If anything is unclear, we advise you to contact the SNSF Administrative Offices (see Contact information).

  • FAQ

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    In addition to submitting an application for the “Projects in Health Research and Wellbeing” call, am I also allowed to apply for SNSF project funding or to receive a project funding grant?

    Yes. However, the restrictions on the number of ongoing projects and applications for project funding apply.

    Does the applicant's salary count as part of the eligible costs?

    No. As a rule, the applicant’s salary only counts as part of the eligible costs in SNSF career funding schemes.

    Can I submit an application to the SNSF if I am already working as an employee in an SNSF-funded research project?

    No. Grant recipients cannot simultaneously be working as an employee in an SNSF-funded project. These two roles are incompatible, and the SNSF does not accept applications where the two roles are intended to run in parallel. Project employees may submit their own applications for the period after their work on the project has ended.

    I don't have a doctorate because I graduated from a university of applied sciences or a university of teacher education. What conditions must I meet in order to apply for project funding?

    At least three years of research work as the main source of income since obtaining a higher education degree is generally regarded as equivalent to a doctorate, and a further four years of additional research experience is required after that. If you have obtained an independent research post before the end of the four-year period (e.g. as an assistant professor or group leader), you can submit an application for project funding as of that date.

    What is the difference between an applicant and a project partner?

    As the applicant, you are academically and administratively responsible for the application submitted and the funding awarded and you make a substantial contribution to the project. You were the originator of the research idea and research plan, and you are entitled to list your contribution as your own achievement on your CV. You are also responsible for the progress of the project and for the staff employed, as well as for the results and output. Project partners make an important contribution to the research project. However, they are not academically or administratively responsible for the research application or project, and are therefore not entitled to declare the contribution to the project as their own achievement.

    Can I have other applicants in my project?

    Several applicants are of course possible if the project objectives so require. All applicants bear equal responsibility for the project and make a substantial contribution. The status of project partner is intended for cases in which there is collaboration without project responsibility.

    What is a project partner?

    A project partner makes a smaller contribution to a research project. He or she is not the guiding spirit and has no responsibility for the progress of the project. Project partners can be researchers in the academic discipline or individuals from the public or non-profit sector in Switzerland or abroad. They may benefit from the project funds, but may not be employed on the project.

    What sort of costs are eligible?

    Generally speaking, the following costs are eligible: costs for staff, social security contributions, equipment and materials, use of infrastructure, open access publications, conferences and workshops, collaboration, career measures and gender equality measures.

    Which of the project partners’ costs are eligible?

    Project partners’ costs are eligible to the extent of their contribution to the research project and in accordance with the rules of the SNSF. By contrast, salaries of project partners are not eligible.

    Can I apply for supplementary measures such as mobility grants in projects, the flexibility grant, media training and the gender equality grant?

    Yes. The same conditions apply as for project funding.

    If my application is declined, can I participate in the “Projects on Health Research and Wellbeing” call another time?

    Yes. A second call for projects is planned for 2024.

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