SNSF Starting Grants 2023

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Grants for researchers who wish to conduct an independent scientific project and lead a research team in Switzerland.

Switzerland is still considered a non-associated third country in the Horizon Europe programme. On behalf of the federal government, the SNSF is launching a new call this year within the scope of the SNSF Starting Grants transitional measure.

SNSF Starting Grants 2023 is an integrative call. As a transitional measure it covers the ERC Starting Grants 2023 as well as the former SNSF funding schemes Eccellenza and PRIMA. Therefore, in 2023 there will be no separate calls for Eccellenza, PRIMA or the SNSF Professorial Fellowships, which were announced in early 2022 as a new scheme that merges PRIMA and Eccellenza. Detailed information will be provided in due course.

The SNSF Starting Grants 2023 call is open to applicants of all nationalities who wish to lead a research project at a Swiss host institution. They must have several years of research experience after their PhD, or equivalent qualification or medical degree, during which time they have already conducted research independently and contributed to significant research in their field.

Researchers can apply for a budget of up to 1.8 million Swiss francs for a period of five years.

Applicants whose project was rejected in the 2022 SNSF Starting Grants call are eligible to submit an application in the 2023 call. Applicants can apply for SNSF Starting Grants a maximum of two times. This rule also applies to all other SNSF career schemes.