February 2018

NEWSLETTER - Research Services



Research and Innovation

How can I innocate and finance my research project or my business with support from the Confederation and the Canton?
Wether you are active in research or entrepreunership in Geneva, come discover the tools and support agencies available to assist you with your innovative projects.

Monday 26 February from 5pm - Campus Biotech
Registration (deadline Feb. 21st) & Programme

European Innovation Council

The European Innovation Council (EIC) was launched in 2018 to provide concrete support to top researchers and innovators, in the public and private sector, to investigate, develop and bring to the market radically different products, services or business models with the potential to scale up internationally.
EIC, currently in its pilot phase, offers funding, coaching and networking services with a bottom-up approach and continuously open calls with multiple cut-offs per year.
EIC operates via the most agile and business-friendly programmes of Horizon 2020: FET Open, Fast Track to Innovation, SME Instrument, Horizon Prizes.

Positive funding perspective for FP9–EC consultation

Positive signals from the European Commission regarding the 2021-2027 multi-annual financial framework (MFF) and the possible funding of research, innovation and education in that period (through FP9). No cuts to those budget posts in 2021-2027, and a possible increase of their funding.
Also the EC launched public consultation on EU funds in, among others, research & innovation. It is expected that the above-mentioned EC approach shall be confirmed through this consultation. Researchers are therefore invited to participate here





As already mentioned in our previous Newsletter, a new Commission universitaire d'éthique de la recherche (CUREG) has been set up to respond to UNIGE researchers' requests in this regard.
Following this, the Research Services has prepared a web page bringing together the most relevant information on the main ethical issues (research on humans, animals , processing of personal data, etc.). The aim is to inform UNIGE researchers about the legal bases to which their research projects could be submitted and to refer them to the relevant persons/departments for their field of research.

For the same purpose, the Research Services (Euresearch) has also prepared a Fact Sheet on the main ethical issues related to the European Framework Program for Research and Innovation - Horizon 2020.

Data Management Plan: How to fill the DMP from the SNF?

From now on, for submitting queries, the SNSF requires information about the data lifecycle via its DMP form. The Division of Computer Science organizes training workshops. The workshop lasts 1h 30, discusses the type, and needs of information that must be mentioned. The public concerned by these workshops are the researchers, teachers, doctoral students, post-docs, administrative and technical staff of UNIGE.

The next workshops will take place :
* Thursday 01/03: Uni Mail (FR)
* Thursday 01/03: Uni CMU (ENG)
* Friday 02/03: Uni Arve (ENG)
* Monday 05/03: Uni Arve (ENG)
* Tuesday 06/03: Uni CMU (FR)
* Thursday 08/03: Uni Bastions (FR)

Open Access et FNS


The SNSF has decided to implement Open Access for all SNSF-funded publications as of 2020. To facilitate the implementation, SNSF issues new regulations that will enter into force on 1 April 2018.
All applicants, including whose grants started before April 1rst, 2018, will be able to apply on mySNF for OA publication grant for publications from funded research.
Application can be made from April 1st
* for books Gold OA as book processing charge (BPC)
* Embargo of 12 instead of 24 months for books in Green OA

Application can be made from October 1st :
* for book chapters Gold OA as book chapter processing charge (BCPC)
* for publications as processing charges (APCs), upper limit for article of CHF 3000 is not applicable for the time being

Possibility of filing an application a posteriori for a manuscript published before October 1st. Informations.

Open Access : Publishing funding

Following the adoption of the Swiss National Strategy on Open Access in January 2017, the Rectorate approved (04.12.2017) the creation of a central fund to cover part of the cost of publishing (Article Processing Charges or APCs) in Gold Open Access journals, or for books and books chapters that follow similar principles. The fund is available from 2018 for a pilot year. Its management is entrusted to the Scientific Information Division (DIS). For details on allocation criteria.

Marie Curie Alumni Association

Are you a current or past beneficiary of a project funded by the Marie Curie programme?
Then join the Marie Curie Alumni Association and access various services meant to help you advance your career by staying connected with an active community of Marie Curie researchers

More news

SNSF Newsletter
SEFRI Newsletter
Euresearch Newsletter


Event and practical advice session on Horizon 2020 SC5

Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
This event will provide information on the funding opportunities provided by the European Framework Programme for research and innovation « Horizon 2020 SC5» in the domains of Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.

A more informal and interactive session providing practical information and advice on proposal writing and submission and funding procedures, will follow in the afternoon. Targeted audience: University researchers, SMEs, private-public research institutes, and any interested person/organisation active in technology research and innovation in all disciplines or specifically in the domains of Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.

Date : 20 March 2018
Location : Sciences III, room 1SO59
Registration for the "Practical Advice session"

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ERC Starting Grant – Dr. Anne Verhamme

Dr Anne Verhamme from the Department of Astronomy, Faculty of Science obtained a prestigious ERC Starting Grant for her project TRIPLE Three Indirect Probes of Lyman continuum LEakage from galaxies” project.
She obtained her PhD at the University of Geneva in 2008. In 2009, she was an SNF fellow at the Astrophysics department of Oxford University; from 2010 to 2012, she obtained a European Marie Curie fellowship to work at CRAL, in Lyon. Since 2012, she joined the University of Geneva.

10 years of ERC at the University of Geneva

The Research Services organised an event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ERC programme at the University of Geneva (2007-2017), a decade of excellence and accomplishments in research!
The Rector Yves Flückiger and the ERC National Contact Point Judith Zbinden touched upon the state of play for the University of Geneva, Switzerland and Europe. The impact and perspectives were then discussed with ERC grantees during the round table.
To view the videos done at UNIGE, click on the chosen link :
VIDEO 1:The ERC in few words according to the grantees
VIDEO 2: The impact of ERC on the career and visibility of the researchers  

For more informations regarding the UNIGE ERC Grants' please visit our webpage.

SNSF Professorships

In February 2017, the SNSF allocated 42 grants of SNSF Professorships to those with the best records. In the final evaluation, the Board also considered the aptitude and motivation of the candidates to teach. Four excellent candidates have joined UNIGE
Lombriser Lucas, Department of Theoretical Physics
Martín Moruno Dolores, Institut Ethique Histoire Humanités - iEH2 Faculté de Médecine.
Riva Francesco,Department of Theoretical Physics.
Vaufrey Briegel Françoise, Global Studies Institute

H2020-MSCA-Individual Fellowships (IF)

Six projects with UNIGE participation have been selected for European funding under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA). All of them concern the Faculty of Science and five out of the six fellows are female researchers. IF are individual fellowships at the postdoctoral level for experienced researchers who wish to develop their career prospects with a research experience abroad. All scientific domains can benefit from an IF, with free choice of topic. These are the selected projects:

* ChiralComm, Dr Belén Nieto under the supervision of Prof Dr Thomas Bürgi - Department of Physical Chemistry
* FASTMAGNETS, Dr Tadas Balciunas under the supervision of Prof Jean-Pierre Wolf - Physics Section
* MitoScaling, Dr Olga Afonso e Silva under the supervision of Prof Marcos González-Gaitán - Department of Biochemistry
* NERUDA, Dr Marine Collignon under the supervision of Prof Matteo Lupi - Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences
* TAMYOCAL, Dr Marta Sierra Arregui under the supervision of Prof Leonardo Scapozza - Section of Pharmaceutical Sciences
* TRIAGE, Dr Tonya DelSontro under the supervision of Prof Daniel Frank McGinnis - Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Department F.-A. Forel



SNSF Eccellenza

The new SNSF Eccellenza scheme replaces SNSF Professorships starting 2018.
SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships and SNSF Eccellenza Grants are intended for highly qualified young researchers who aspire to a permanent professorship. Eccellenza supports them in achieving their goal as leaders of a generously funded research project with their own team at a Swiss higher education institution.
Submission deadline : 15 February 2018

H2020 - Major calls

Please note that most deadlines fall in February to April. After that, the bets are almost made for many programmes in 2018 !

* Climate action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials (27 February 2018)
* Future and Emerging Technologies (several deadlines, February-May 2018)
* Space Technologies (6 March 2018)
* Social sciences – Inclusive, Innovative & Reflective Societies (13 March 2018)
* Research Infrastructures (22 March 2018)
* Nanotechnologies and Materials (22 February 2018, several deadlines, February-April 2018)
* Information and Communication Technology (17 April 2018)
* Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing (several deadlines, February-April 2018)
* Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy ( 13 February 2018, 5/19 April 2018)
* Smart, Green & Integrated Transport (4 April 2018)
* Science with and for Society (10 April 2018)
* Call 13 with 15 topics (28 February 2018)
* Ebola (15 March 2018 – last deadline)
Full list of all H2020 calls

Please do not hesitate to contact us for advice and support: For projects submissions implying institutional commitments (letters of intent, confidentiality agreements, etc.) or particular financial/contractual management issues (equipments, third parties / subcontracting, clinical test, ethical issues, etc.), please inform us as soon as possible for a timely administrative follow-up.

Early post.doc 

Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships are designed for postdocs at the beginning of their career who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad.
Submission deadline: 1 March 2018


Doc.Mobility fellowships are designed for doctoral students who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad.
Submission deadline : 1 March 2018

ICPerMed "Best Practice in Personalised Medicine" Award 2018

The 2018 Award aims to recognise, encourage, promote and disseminate outstanding examples of best practices in personalised medicine. Individuals who have published scientific papers and/or developed best practice strategies in the field of PM between January 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2017, from any of the ICPerMed partner countries, are eligible to apply.
Submission deadline:  2 March 2018
More infos on ICPERMED


JPIAMR is seeking new drugs and treatments to fight antibiotic-resistant microbes
New call for the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) aims at funding international projects to develop new drugs and treatments.
Submission deadline : 7 March 2018

Leenaards Prize

Leenaards Prize for the translational medical research
The Leenaards foundation launches a new call for projects for the Leenaards Prize in 2019.
This support addresses the translational medical research within the university hospitals of the Leman area in association with the other university institutions.
Submission deadline : 9 March 2018

Doc.ch (SSH)

Doc.ch (HSS) is aimed at promising researchers who wish to write a doctoral thesis on a topic of their own choice in the humanities and social sciences in Switzerland.)
Submission deadline : 10 March 2018


Research and Innovation Staff Exchange scheme promotes international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market (and vice-versa).
Submission deadline : 21 March 2018
Information and useful documents

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The programme "JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Overseas Researchers" enables Swiss researchers to stay in Japan for 12 to 24 months.
Submission deadline: 30 March 2018

The project funding scheme

The researchers can apply for funding of research costs and staff salaries, as well as of scientific cooperation, networking and communication; however, they may not apply for their own salaries qualified researchers define their research themes and objectives themselves and conduct their project under their own responsibility.
Submission deadline: 1 April 2018

Search in neurology: the Théodore Ott Fund

ASSM puts in the competition 200'000 francs from the Théodore Ott Fund to support the search in clinical neurology or translationelle. Subsidies, until 80'000 francs can be given by project are intended first and foremost for young scientists (< 45 years) or research groups to realize a research project in a Swiss High School. 
Submission deadline : 1 April 2018

Novartis FreeNovation : call for project 2018

FreeNovation provides funding opportunities for innovative, substantial-risk projects that would typically have difficulty getting funding. Projects should be relevant to biomedical research with the ultimate aim of providing innovative healthcare solutions for patients.  With this program, Novartis wants to encourage researchers in pursuing unconventional ideas and enhance the attractiveness of Switzerland as a center for research.
Up to 15 projects will be supported with maximally 180,000 CHF for 18 months.

The call 2018 is open for proposals in the field of artificial intelligence. Researchers with or without an established track record are invited to submit proposals. With an emphasis on originality, interdisciplinary projects and proposals from scientists inside or outside of traditional disciplines are welcome.
Submission deadline : 14 April 2018

Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)

Indicative topics available now, for upcoming call 14 to be published in Spring 2018

Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme: Call for Joint Research Projects

In the context of the bilateral programmes initiated by the federal government, the SNSF and the Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT) are issuing a call for Joint Research Projects (JRPs).. The SNSF will cover the project costs incurred in Switzerland, and the DBT the costs in India. Under the current call, the two organisations plan to fund up to twelve projects for a duration of four years.
Submission deadlines : 16 April 2018

ERC Proof of Concept Grant

ERC Proof of Concept Grant can help you to develop a commercial solution or an application from a financed ERC project..
Submission deadline: 18 April 2018, 11 September 2018
Contact Euresearch for more details.


COST funds pan-European, multi- and interdisciplinary, bottom-up networks of researchers across all science and technology fields.
COST does not fund research itself, but provides support for networking activities carried out within COST Actions.
Submission deadline s: 20 April 2018
Information and useful documents

European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)

Call for proposals for two new Innovation Communities:
* Manufacturing
* Urban Mobility.
Submission deadline : 12 July 2018
Call for proposals full information
Information day, 13 February 2018, Brussels (livestreamed)

More calls for projects

Research Services



Dr Laure Ognois-Zaugg,
Director Research Services

Dr Alex Waehry,
Head European and international research support - Euresearch

Dr Eliane Abou Mansour,
Head National and regional research support ad-interim

Marie-Anne Bérazatégui,
Coordinator of the Secretariat SNSF Research commission at UNIGE

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