Funding Resources for Researchers



A large part of research funding relies on resources supplementary to the ordinary budget of the University of Geneva (UNIGE). UNIGE’s researchers annually obtain more than 130 million Swiss Francs, earmarked for research, from sources such as: the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the European Research Programmes (H2020,..), national and international programmes, private and public foundations, etc.


As of 2013, the SNSF restructured its mobility fellowships for stays abroad and increased its support for doctoral students by means of a new excellence scheme (Doc.CH) in humanities and social sciences.
In the framework of the «Coordinated Swiss Energy Research Action Plan Measures for the Years 2013-2016» the federal government made available additional resources for research and innovation in the energy sector. The SNSF will fund the next generation of energy researchers, in particular through SNSF professorships and Ambizione Energy grants, and the CTI will promote R&D projects in the field of energy. In principle, these new resources finance energy research conducted at institutions involved in Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCER). UNIGE is involved in 5 SCCERs : SCCER EIP, SCCER FEEB&D, SCCER Hae, SCCER CREST and SCCER SoE.

The new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “HORIZON 2020” (H2020) is the world’s largest international public research funding instrument. With a budget of 80 billion euros over seven years (2014-2020), H2020 supports fundamental to applied research in all scientific domains. The adoption of the initiative against mass immigration has impact on swiss participation in Horizon 2020. Switzerland will be handled as a third country in calls for project proposals. For more information -> H2020 - Statut de la participation suisse