September 2020

NEWSLETTER - Research Services



Green Deal

European Green Deal (Horizon 2020) - Major Call !
A first major call for projects focused on the Green Deal is expected to be launched on 18 September 2020
* with a huge budget of one billion euros,
* including over 50 topics, covering a large spectrum of scientific and technological domains: climate change, ecosystems, agriculture, mobility, clean energy, industrial processes, recycling, social/economic sciences and humanities, etc.,
* open for collaborative research and innovation projects (RIA), innovation projects (IA), and coordination/support actions (CSA),
* with a submission deadline in late January 2021.

The Limitation Initiative is harmful to education, research and innovation

The Swiss universities and organisations that support the promotion of research and innovation are opposed to the popular initiative “For moderate immigration”. The initiative jeopardises some of the basic parameters that favour Switzerland’s role as a centre for science and enterprise. Adopting the initiative would halt the free movement of persons and thus bring the research agreement with the EU to an end. In order to deliver outstanding performance, Switzerland’s education, research and innovation (ERI) sector relies on the free movement of persons and close cooperation with other countries.
The ETH Board, swissuniversities, the Swiss National Science Foundation, Innosuisse – the Swiss Innovation Agency, and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences reject the Limitation Initiative. They have organised a joint press call in order to state their views on the Limitation Initiative and affirm the importance of research cooperation with Europe. Our Rector, Prof. Yves Flückiger was actively involved and presented the voice of swissuniversities from which he currently holds the position of President.
Full article is available at the following link



General confirmation of the vice rectorate for research for the AMBIZIONE and PRIMA

General confirmation of the vice rectorate for research for the AMBIZIONE and PRIMA.
To obtain the general confirmation of the vice rectorate, please send to the Research Services:
-   Detailed confirmation of the institute/department duly signed (by hand)
-   the e-mail address of the applicant
-   a draft of the project summary (if possible)

Deadline: as soon as possible and no later than Monday, October 5, 2020.
Contact : Ysadora Charital :

The general confirmation of the vice rectorate will then be signed by the vice-rector Mrs Brigitte Galliot and directly sent in PDF format to the candidates and to the signatories of the detailed confirmation of the institute/department.


Complementing the special call on coronaviruses, 28 new coronavirus research projects are funded under NRP "COVID-19".New research has been launched to better control COVID-19. 18.6 million francs have been invested in projects that will investigate innovative solutions and develop public health recommendations.
Mandated by the Federal Council, the SNSF launched the National Research Programme "COVID-19" (NRP 78) on 30 April 2020 to advance our understanding of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), provide recommendations for clinical management and public health, and expedite the development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.

Record for the scheme project funding

Experienced researchers use the SNSF's project funding scheme to investigate self-chosen topics. They submitted 1032 applications in response to the first call of 2020.
The SNSF spends approximately half of its budget on project funding. In 2019, it awarded funding worth 531 million francs to 863 projects. Researchers can apply for this type of funding twice a year, in April and in October.
1032 applications in April 2020 confirm how important this scheme is for Swiss research. Whether in the humanities and social sciences, biology and medicine or mathematics, natural and engineering sciences: application numbers have hit a new high since 2016. That year, the SNSF had remodelled the funding scheme, for example by extending the maximum duration of a grant from three to four years.
Link to the SNSF article

Consultation on Horizon Europe

Your contribution is welcome, in order to enrich the discussions on Horizon Europe in the European R&I Days on 22-24 September 2020.
A consultation on the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan: The online consultation is open to everyone and you can provide input to the different clusters of the second pillar of Horizon Europe by indicating how much you agree on the value of an R&I contribution to a certain desired impact. A second set of questions relates to the interlinkages between different elements of Horizon Europe. Participation possible until : 18 September 2020.


The European Open Science Cloud Association (EOSC Association) was established on 29 July 2020. This is a major step towards the implementation of EOSC. A strong cooperation between the Commission and the newly-founded EOSC Association can start now. This cooperation is expected to take the form of a co-programmed partnership between the Commission and the EOSC Association, in which Member States and countries associated to the Horizon Europe Framework Programme will be involved.


Like most of funding agencies, the SNSF now requires each new application to include a Data Management Plan (DMP) describing how research data will be generated, collected, documented, shared and preserved in the context of the submitted project.
The University's Research Data team offers various workshops to help researchers discover and use these DMPs.

Introduction to Research Data Management (in French)
Concepts and Best Practices for Managing your Data
Details and registration

SNSF Data Management Plan (DMP)
How to fill it and what information to include?
15.09 | 14h30-16h | Uni Arve (in English)
17.09 | 10h15-11h45 | Uni CMU (en français)
21.09 | 10h15-11h45 | Uni Mail (en français)
23.09 | 9h-10h30 | Online (in English)
Details and registration

SNSF Data Management Plan (DMP) - part 2
Personal support to write your own DMP
25.09 | 8h30-12h | Uni Mail
Details and registration

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Research Data team.


45 newly accepted COST Actions will kick off in autumn 2020, providing a networking opportunity to the scientific community.

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European Research and Innovation Days

IBeing up to date and influencing the future landscape of Research and Innovation in Europe has never been so easy!
Join this fully online event and enjoy the chance to learn about Horizon Europe and other upcoming funding opportunities in an interactive format.

22-24 September 2020
Information and registration

German EU Council Presidency

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is organising a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) virtual conference in the context of the German EU Council Presidency.
A high-level panel in the studio in Berlin will discuss the main focus theme on synergies between the MSCA and the European University Alliances in interaction with the audience. The second focus theme, "Supervision in MSCA", will be discussed in four parallel virtual workshops.
The workshops will approach the subject matter from four different perspectives: on the one hand, supervision from the perspective of doctoral candidates and postdocs, on the other hand, supervision from the perspective of supervisors from academic and from non-academic institutions. The workshop’s findings are expected to result in recommendations for the future development of supervision in general and MSCA supervision in particular.
If you are interested in participating in the virtual MSCA Presidency conference and would like to be informed about the next steps, please send a short e-mail to to be added to the conference mailing list.

29 September 2020 - 9:30 - 4:30

SSH Research in Horizon Europe

The new opportunities and challenges for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in the upcoming European Framework Programme (Horizon Europe) starting in 2021 will be discussed in an on-line round table with experts from different SSH domains and backgrounds.

24 November 2020, 12:00 - 13:30



Ambizione & PRIMA

No PRIMA grant was attributed to UNIGE on the November 2019 call. The SNSF received 132 proposals, among which 13 from UNIGE. The overall success rate is 14% at the national level.
404 proposals were submitted at the Ambizione call back in November 2019 among which 53 from UNIGE. 79 projects were granted funding with a global budget of 61 million CHF. 15 projects are granted to UNIGE among which 4 to female researchers ; the overall amount attributed to UNIGE reaches 11 millions. UNIGE is awarded the most grants in Switzerland in front of the University of Zurich with 14 grants.
15 projects will be carried out at UNIGE and 9 of them at the Faculty of Sciences, 2 at the Faculty of Medicine, 2 at the Humanities and 1 project at the CISA (Swiss Center for affective sciences) and 1 at the Global Studies Institute.
Ambizione  / PRIMA

Ambizione grantees

Ambizione grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution. The scheme supports young researchers both from Switzerland and abroad. The duration of the grant is four years.

Dr Veronica Gomez Temesio, Global Studies Institute
Dr Benjamin Meyer, Faculty of Medicine
Dr Marco Meineri, Faculty of Science
Dr Honglu Fan, Faculty of Science
Dr Sebastian Ellis, Faculty of Science
Dr Timothée Proix, Faculty of Medicine
Dr Vitus Huber,Faculty of Humanities
Dr Eva Pool, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences
Dr Stefano Riolo, Faculty of Science
Dr Giulia Cusin, Faculty of Science
Dr Máté Veres, Faculty of Humanities
Dr Sabine Fièvre, Faculty of Science
Dr Denis Karateev, Faculty of Science
Dr Christopher Bryan Larsen, Faculty of Science
Dr Gleb Smirnov, Faculty of Science

Congratulations to the new grantees! grantees

Targetting humanities and social sciences, is a scheme which allows promising researchers to request a grant so that they can write a doctoral thesis.
Successful proposals submitted in March 2020 are :

Seraina Berger, Institut d'Histoire de la Réformation
Roberto Keller, Faculty of Humanities
Léo Maillet, Faculty of Humanities
Laura Schenker, IHEID

Congratulations to the new grantees!



FNS - 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: October 1st, 2020

Southeast Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme

The SNSF is participating in a further multilateral call for proposals within the scope of the Southeast Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme.
Submission deadline:
October 15th, 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:
October 29th, 2020

FNS - AMBIZIONE et PRIMA : News 2020

If the applicant did not conduct a research stay of 12 months after the doctorate at an institution other than the one where he/she obtained the doctorate, or after the equivalent degree or the medical degree, the applicant must explain in the application how he/she plans to achieve mobility that is equivalent in qualitative terms under the Ambizione grant

AMBIZIONE and PRIMA: parallel submission for an ERC Starting Grant
An application for an ERC Starting Grant does not prevent candidates from also applying for Ambizione or PRIMA
Ambizione guidelines
Prima guidelines

Submission deadline: November 2nd, 2020

FNS - Ambizione

Ambizione grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution.
Submission deadline: November 2nd, 2020


PRIMA grants are aimed at outstanding researchers who have great potential to become professors in their future career.
Submission deadline:
November 2nd, 2020

FNS - Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials (IICT)

For the sixth time, the SNSF is launching a call for clinical studies on topics that are outside the industry focus.
Submission deadline:
November 2nd, 2020

FNS - SPIRIT (Rolling call pour des esquisses)

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

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