February 2020

NEWSLETTER - Research Services



LERU report on integrity

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) just published its report “Towards a Research Integrity Culture at Universities: From Recommendations to Implementation”(January 2020).
This advice paper identifies ways in which universities can develop a research integrity culture within their institutions. At a time when public trust in information is increasingly challenged by misinformation, the need for sound and trustworthy research has never been so important. Universities have a key role in supporting research integrity as this maintains and strengthens confidence in their researchers’ work. This paper shows how this could be achieved.
Full paper

SERI report on impact of EU Framework Programmes

In its report “The Impact of Switzerland’s” Participation in the EU Framework Programmes” (2019), the SEFRI concludes as follows:
* Switzerland’s participation in the FPs is a substantial and integral complementary element of the R&I funding instruments available in Switzerland.
* Switzerland’s participation in the FPs boosts the country’s economic competitiveness and leads to the creation of new jobs.
* Switzerland’s participation in the FPs fosters knowledge generation and stimulates exchange and competition, in particular among higher education institutions.
* Participation in the FPs has a positive impact on society in Switzerland.
Full report



Research Professional

Research Professional; an online platform compilling research funding opportunities and previously awarded grants is available to the UNIGE research community. By logging in with your institutional email, you will be able to search through thousands of open Swiss, European and International research calls, and keep up-to-date with any new funding opportunities in your area with customisable funding alerts.
To access the site, please visit this web page and select your institution from the dropdown menu. In case of remaining questions, contact Research Services.

To help you get started on the site, help resources are available at the following link ; these include Video introductions, Quick start guide, Broadcast demonstration, Knowledge Centre


UK universities, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in, bid for and lead projects in Horizon 2020, as if the UK remained a Member State, even after the UK exits the EU on 31 January 2020.
UKRO Brexit factsheet

H2020 IPR Helpdesk

Preparing a project for H2020 and wondering how to increase the impact session? The European IP Helpdesk helps you with the guide Making the Most of Your H2020 Project

International Joint Research Infrastructures Proposal Review

Are you preparing a proposal for one of the Research Infrastructures (RI) topics with a deadline in March or April 2020? Take the opportunity to have your proposal reviewed by a group of experienced RI National Contact Points (NCPs) by using the Joint Proposal Check Service for Research Infrastructures.>

NEW: COST Innovators’ Grant pilot scheme

The COST Innovators’ Grant pilot scheme has been launched to build bridges between the scientific research performed in COST Actions and marketable applications. Funding is open for COST Actions selected under the call for projects OC-2015-1, which finish before May 31, 2020.
Activities funded under the pilot scheme will run from May 1, 2020 until April 30, 2021.

New version guidelines H2020, including Compliance Self Check

The updates 01.2020 of all our guidelines for projects in « Horizon 2020 » de l’UE have now been published, including the Compliance Self Check Form to be considered already at project submission stage in order to avoid later complications.
H2020 Soumission de projet
H2020 Signature du grant agreement
H2020 Gestion de projet


The  Institute for Research and Action on Fraud and Plagiarism in Academia needs your contribution to the survey, directed at academic institutions and Doctoral School directors. The objective is to draw up a ‘state of the art’ of integrity actions led within these two types of organizations.
If you are involved in such actions in your Higher education institution and/or in a Doctoral School, please take about 15 minutes to fill in the following questionnaires:
* Questionnaire for Academic institutions: Academic Integrity and Academic Institutions
* Questionnaire for doctoral schools: Academic Integrity in Doctoral Schools

Guidelines « Other projects UE/INT »

The guidelines for European and international programmes other that H2020 and NIH are currently in the process of publication. The guidelines « Responsibilities and authorisations » are available now, and the guidelines for financial and contractual questions will be published by 15 March 2020.
Homepage « Other programmes » (Research Services)

New Guidelines for NIH projects

In order to support researchers wishing to engage in research programs funded by the US National Institute of Health - NIH, the Research Services developed web pages as well as guidelines. These documents referring to the different phases of the life cycle of a project as well as the eligibility criteria to be respected are now published.

LERU Doctoral Summer School

The LERU Doctoral Summer School will take place at the Trinity College Dublin from June 28th to July 3rd, 2020. This year’s subject is : Reasserting the Value of the Expert. Only PhD students from the UNIGE are eligible.More information

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Newsletter Euresearch




In 2019, the SNSF received 229 funding applications, which it evaluated in a two-stage evaluation process. 45 projects were selected for funding. On average, the researchers will receive 1.6 million francs over a period of five years; the overall funding amount is 72 million francs.

Like the former SNSF professorship funding scheme, the 34 "SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships" will support researchers who are working towards obtaining a permanent professorship. The SNSF will cover their project expenses as well as their salaries at the predefined rate for assistant professors at their higher education institution. With the 11 "SNSF Eccellenza Grants", the SNSF will support projects by researchers with assistant professorships which are already funded by the higher education institution and which offer the prospect of a permanent position (tenure track).
The University of Geneva performed particularly well and 8 researchers obtained an Eccellenza Fellowship while 3 were awarded the Eccellenza Grant.

The University of Geneva performed particularly well in the second Eccellenza call obtaining the larger number of Fellowships and Grants. The University of Lausanne obtained 6 Fellowships and 1 Grant ; both the University of Berne and ETH Zurich were awarded 4 Fellowships and 2 Grants and the University of Zurich with 5 Fellowships. The remaining Fellowships and Grand were awarded to 4 other institutions.

Eccellenza Grants:
Marie Barberon - "Dynamics and plasticity of carrier-mediated nutrient transport in roots" Faculty of Science
Sebastian Engelke - "Graph structures, sparsity and high-dimensional inference for extremes" Geneva School of Economics and Management - GSEM
Evelina Trutnevyte – "Accuracy of long-range national energy projections (ACCURACY)"  Faculty of Science

Eccellenza  Fellowships:
Simone Beccattini - « Harnessing the interactions between gut microbiota and immune system » Faculty of Medicine
Julien Carron – « Fundamental cosmology with next-generation CMB lensing » - Faculty of Science
Heather Cegla – A Pathway to the Confirmation and Characterisation of Habitable Alien Worlds”  - Faculty of Science
André Chappatte - « The contemporary expansion of corporate Islam in rural West Africa » - Global Studies Institute
Thibaud Gruber - "Why do we use tools? Investigating the drivers of tool-use in nonhumans and humans" – Faculties of Humanities
Maria Hondele – « The role of DEAD-box ATPases in the regulation of membraneless RNA organelles and spatio-temporal control of gene expression » Faculty of Science
Ulrike Rimmele – ’How emotion, stress and their regulation shape and alter episodic memories across the life span.’ Psychology and Educational Sciences
Hamid Taieb –"A sensible world. The problem of secondary qualities in and around the School of Brentano" – Faculty of Humanities

Congratulations to the new grantees!

ERC Advanced Grant

Professor Georges Meynet of the Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy, received a prestigious ERC Advanced grant (2020-2024) for the STAREX - STARs at the Extreme project.

Congratulations to the new grantee!

ERC Synergy Grant

ERC Synergy Grants bring together complementary skills, knowledge and resources from excellent researchers with the goal of jointly addressing research problems. Professor Alan Carleton (Faculty of Medicine, Basic Neurosciences) and Professor Ivan Rodriguez (Faculty of Science, Genetics and Evolution) recently obtained the prestigious grant for the project CLAUSTROFUNCT - Claustrum function in cortical processing and putative claustral dysfunction in schizophrenia (2020-2026).

Congratulations to the new grantees!

Several new grants (H2020, SNSF)

Professor Xin Wu of Particle Physics Department  recently received both national and European research grants in highly competitive funding programmes:
* project PAN, funded by H2020 and coordinated by UNIGE under the direction of prof. Wu
* ERC Starting grant, awarded to Prof. Andrii Tykhonov
* SNF grant Ambizione, awarded to Dr Merlin Kole

Congratulations to the new grantees!

ERC Starting Grants

Professor Andrii Tykhonov of the Faculty of Science, Department of Nuclear and Corpuscular Physics recently received a prestigious ERC Starting Grant (2020-2025) for the PeVSpace - Direct Detection of TeV--PeV Cosmic Rays in Space.

Professor Xavier Dumusque of the Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy recently received a prestigious ERC Starting Grant (2020-2025) for the SCORE project - Signal COrrection to Reveal other Earths.

Congratulations to the new grantees!



Last calls H2020

The last calls for projects in the European Framework Programme Horizon 2020 are open now or will open soon, including : FET open, Infrastructures, Nanosciences, ICT, Space, Health, Food, Energy, Climate, SSH, ERC AdG, MSCA-IF, Energy, Secure Societies, IMI Call 20.
All open calls (Euresearch)
All expected calls (Euresearch)

SNSF - Doc.Mobility

Doc.Mobility fellowships of the SNSF enable doctoral students to write part of their PhD at a host institution abroad. Doctoral students matriculated abroad must move to a new institution for the fellowship. These fellowships are awarded for 6 to 18 months.

SNSF - Early Postdoc.Mobility

Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships of the SNSF enable postdocs starting their career to spend a postdoc research stay abroad. In principle, these fellowships are awarded for 18 months, in justified cases for at least 12 months.
Submission deadline: March 1st, 2020

JPND JTC Call 2020

The EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND): joint transnational call on imaging and brain stimulation methods and technologies.
Submission deadline: March 3rd, 2020

BRIDGE Proof of Concept

The fourteenth call for BRIDGE Proof of Concept projects is open until 9 March 2020. Young researchers who want to apply their research results and realize an innovative product or service can submit their project proposal.
Submission deadline: March 9th, 2020


The Doc.CH grants in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) are awarded by the SNSF to promising researchers who wish to write a dissertation in the humanities and social sciences in Switzerland on a topic of their own choice.
Submission deadline
: March 10th, 2020


The NEURON Network has launched a joint transnational call for projects on 'Sensory Disorders'.

Submission deadline: March 10th, 2020

SNSF - SPIRIT (rolling call for pre-proposals)

SPIRIT facilitates knowledge exchange between Swiss researchers and researchers in selected partner countries of low and middle income.
Submission deadline
: March 31st, 2020

SNSF - Project funding

Under the project funding scheme, qualified researchers define their research themes and objectives themselves and conduct their project under their own responsibility.
Submission deadline
: April 1st, 2020

Research Infrastructures open calls

The last H2020 calls for Research Infrastructures are open; deadlines are 17 March and 22 April 2020. Two calls relate to the integration and consolidation of the European Open Science Cloud portal.

SNSF - NRP 77 "Digital Transformation" : 2nd call

NRP 77 will investigate the interrelationships and concrete effects of digital transformation in Switzerland.
Submission deadline
: April 20th, 2020

BRIDGE Discovery

Innosuisse and the SNSF are launching the fourth call for proposals for the funding scheme BRIDGE Discovery.
Submission deadline: April 27th, 2020


The NEURON Network is launching a joint transnational call for projects on ethical, philosophical, legal and socio-cultural aspects of neuroscience (ELSA).
Submission deadline: April 28th, 2020


The RISE scheme promotes international and inter-sectoral collaboration through staff exchanges of all categories.

Submission deadline: April 28th, 2020


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: April 29th, 2020


The SNSF funds COST projects within the scope of the recently approved COST Actions of the series CA171##, CA181## or CA182##. Researchers with at least one year's experience since obtaining their doctorate that are actively participating in one of these COST Actions are eligible to apply.
Submission deadline: May 5th, 2020

ERC Advanced Grants

ERC Advanced Grants are individual grants for experience researchers. The new call should  open on 14 May 2020. For the Letter of Commitment of the Host Institution required for all ERC applications, please inform Euresearch one month before submission deadline at the latest.
Submission deadline foreseen: August 26th, 2020

H2020-MSCA - Individual Fellowships

PostDoc research fellowships in all scientific domains with free choice of topic.
Submission deadline: September 9th, 2020


Last calls for projects of the second pillar H2020 Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies :
* Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnologies and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP): NMBP Topics 2020 Preview
* Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Topic Preview ICT, Topic Preview Big Data, Robotics, AI
*Space: Topic preview Space

Horizon Europe: ERC Calls in 2021 and 2022

First calls for ERC Starting and ERC Consolidator are expected to open in January 2021. Researchers having obtained their PhD between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2018 are expected to be eligible for StG-2021 and those with PhD date between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2013 for CoG-2021.
Interviews for Advanced Grant candidates will likely be introduced in 2021.
The panels structure is expected to be adapted for certain disciplines.
Likely the next Synergy Grant call will be included in Work Programme 2022, planned to open in summer 2021 and close in November 2021.
More details can be found here.

More calls

Research Services



Dr Laure Ognois-Zaugg,
Director Research Services

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

Dr Caroline Loutre,
Head National and regional support

SNSF Research commission at UNIGE