The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is the main institution promoting scientific research in Switzerland. Each year it supports around 7,200 researchers, almost 80% of whom are under 35 years of age. Mandated by the Confederation, it encourages fundamental research in all scientific disciplines, from philosophy to biology, including medicine and nanoscience. It also promotes research with a practical orientation in certain fields.
The main activity of the SNSF is to evaluate the scientific quality of project applications submitted by researchers. Accepted projects receive financial support from the SNSF (annual budget: approx. Sfr700 million).
To guarantee the independence necessary to promote research, the SNSF was set up in 1952 as a foundation under private law. It is committed to preparing future generations of academics and ensuring the best possible conditions for Swiss research to develop at an international level. It also encourages dialogue with society and the world of politics and the economy.
Deadlines for the submission of applications for SNSF grants and subsidies (via mySNF)
- Advanced Postdoc.Mobility mobility grants: 1st February and 1st August
- Doc.Mobility and Early Postdoc.Mobility : mobility grants: 1st March and 1st September
The mobility grants programme continues to offer young researchers the opportunity to live and study abroad in order to broaden their knowledge and improve their research profile. The programme's ultimate aim is to support the next generation of researchers and academics in Switzerland.
- Doc.CH (SHS) subsidies: 10 March and 10 September
The Doc.CH (SHS) excellence award is intended for promising researchers who wish to complete a doctoral thesis in the human and social sciences on a subject of their choice. The beneficiaries are enrolled on doctoral courses at a Swiss university where they receive a salary. Subsidies are awarded for a period of two to four years.
Those wishing to submit an application for a:
» Doc.Mobility or Early Postdoc.Mobility mobility grant
» Doc.CH (SHS) subsidy
must without fail contact Mrs Véronique Longchamp at the secretariat of the UNIL Research Commission as soon as possible
- Subsidies for free research projects: 1st April and 1st October
- Subsidies for interdisciplinary projects: 1st April and 1st October
Other SNSF incentive programmes.
For more information concerning SNSF research finance instruments, visit the website of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the following address: www.snf.ch.
Useful link and address
Unicentre - office 329
Tel.: +41 021 692 20 81
Fax: +41 021 692 20 85