June 2020

NEWSLETTER - Research Services



Green Deal – Last Major Challenge for Horizon 2020, to be continued in Horizon Europe !

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, considers climate change as the greatest challenge and opportunity of our time. Her strategy paper “The European Green Deal - Transforming Europe into the first Climate-neutral Continent” reflects her ambition to make Europe a leader in sustainable development and climate-neutral growth.

The Green Deal is expected to have profound consequences for European research and innovation funding. Many of the newly designed calls for projects will be influenced or by this strategy, whether on climate change, ecosystems, agriculture, mobility, clean energy, industrial processes, recycling, health, or related social/economic questions.

A major call for projects will be launched in September 2020 (budget: 1 billion Euros), setting a first strong commitment for the Green Deal strategy and connecting the ending Framework Programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) and the upcoming Framework Programme Horizon Europe (2021-2017). It will include over 50 topics covering a wide range of scientific domains.

In this context, it is worth mentioning that the European Commission has recently launched a large public consultation on « Adapting to climate change – EU Strategy », open until 20 August 2020. Research Services organise, in close collaboration with the Swiss National Contact Points Euresearch, an online information/networking event on the Green Deal strategy and call on 8 September 2020 (12:00-13:15). The programme and registration will be available soon.

Further information :
European Green Deal Strategy (European Commission)
Green Deal Call 09.2020 (Euresearch)
Consultation "Adapting to climate change – EU Strategy" (European Commission)




The Research Services have published two pages dedicated to the COVID-19 pandemic regarding 1) the extension of deadlines for the submission of certain calls for projects as well as the establishment of special project management measures at programs level, and 2) the numerous research initiatives targeting COVID-19 which have been launched at national and European level.
COVID-19 - Impact on research programmes and projects
COVID-19 - Research projects and networks

Mobility Grants : Last Calls for Doc.Mobility and Early Postdoc.Mobility

Proposals for the last Doc.Mobility and Early Postdoc.Mobility calls can be submitted until September 1st, 2020. Postdoc.Mobility will be continued as the only mobility funding option for postdocs.
Doc.CH funding scheme which supports doctoral theses and in the humanities and social sciences in Switzerland will be modified so that the first-phase selection of the proposals will take place at a national level and will no longer be the responsibility of the local Research Commissions.
The regulations of Postdoc.Mobility and Doc.CH will be updated by autumn 2020. The relevant information will be available on the SNSF website.

The SNSF funds 36 new coronavirus research projects

The SNSF took swift action by launching a special call, the first of its kind,  on coronaviruses on 6 March 2020.  The call was enthusiastically received in the research community. The aim is to find out more about the virus and improve clinical and public health measures open to researchers in Switzerland who contribute to expanding global efforts to fight the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. The SNSF responded by increasing the budget for the special call to 10 million Swiss francs. International experts had evaluated all of the applications within a month and 13 per cent of projects selected for funding.
The call is complemented with the NRP 78 on covid-19. Out of 484 submitted projects, 36 were selected for funding. Congratulations to the five UNIGE groups in the final award list:

Professor Olivia Keiser, Institut de Santé Globale Institute des Etudes Globales
Coronavirus epidemic in Switzerland: integrating clinical, epidemiological, biological and behaviour with mathematical modelling

Professor Nicolas Levrat and Dr Didier Wernli, Global Studies Institute. Governing systemic crises in the 21st century: Learning from early Covid-19 responses in Europe

Professor Anne-Claire Siegrist; Faculty of medicine, Pathology and Immunology Dpt. How immune responses shape the clinical characteristics of COVID-19: a prospective cohort study in patients and their household contacts

Professors Isabella Eckerle and Caroline Tapparel,  Faculty of medicine, Microbiology and Molecular medicine dpt. Phenotypic characterization of a SARS-CoV-2 clinical strain bio-bank and risk assessment of evolving virus variants

Professors Alexandra Calmy and Niklaus Labhardt, Faculty of medicine. Efficacy of same day chemoprophylaxis for exposed asymptomatic individuals exposed to SARS-CoV-2 in Switzerland: a pragmatic open-label cluster randomized trial (COPEP-trial)

NRP 78 “Covid-19”

Mandated by the Federal Council, the SNSF is launching a call for a National Research Programme (NRP) to advance the understanding of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the clinical management and public health response, the development of vaccines, and therapeutics and diagnostics. The NRP aims to capitalise and build on existing national research competencies, to channel and bundle them into more extensive projects, and to foster multidisciplinary collaborations and sharing of data and results between scientists, health professionals and health authorities.
The NRP will operate with an overall budget of 20 million Swiss francs and its research projects will run for two years.

SNSF provides a research project registry on ‘Covid-19’

The project database offers an overview of research on Covid-19 funded by the SNSF, by Innosuisse, or within the European Framework programme Horizon 2020 with Swiss participation.
Projet database

Data portal of the SNSF : Key figures of the Swiss National Science Foundation

The SNSF is currently funding 5,806 ongoing grants for 18,712 researchers. The SNSF provides more information about SNSF key figures.

COST – new actions

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


On 24-26 April the European Commission hosted the virtual pan-European hackathon EUvsVirus. Over 20,900 people from across the EU and beyond participated to work on innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges. The most promising projects (117) have been awarded and invited to join the new EIC COVID Platform, where they will be able to connect with end users, such as hospitals, and investors, foundations and other funding opportunities from across the EU. We are looking forward to their full development and deployment to successfully contribute to defeat the corona-crisis.

More infos

Newsletter FNS
Newsletter SEFRI
Newsletter Euresearch



Funding and support for innovation, partnering and internationalization

Euresearch Geneva and Vaud join forces with Innosuisse and Switzerland Global Enterprise to support innovative Swiss companies and help them to turn the coronacrisis into new opportunities.The event  will include on-line 1:1 meetings for personalized advice.

June 22th,2020 - 12:00 to 17:00
Information and registration  

Funding opportunities discovery

The Academic Community at the University of Geneva can access *Research Professional, an online service offering an extensive database of open research funding opportunities and awards data. *Research Professional offers a user-friendly and easy to use service with broad coverage of international and national funding opportunities. www.researchprofessional.com. The next online training session is organised on June 30th.

If you cannot attend but would like to receive the recorder seminar, please subscribe to the same form. You can send your questions or the subjects that you would like to be treated during the training in advance to service-recherche@unige.ch

June 30th, 2020 - 13:00 - 14:30
Online (in English)

H2020-MSCA - Individual Fellowships

Horizon 2020 – Online Applicants Training for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships.
This event is a one-day training for researchers (PostDoc) planning to apply to the 2020 MSCA Individual Fellowships call (deadline: 09.09.2020).
Due to place restriction, preference will be given to applicants planning to apply with UNIGE or another host institution located in Geneva.

July 9th,2020 – 9:00 - 15:30
Information and registration



H2020 - MSCA - Individual Fellowships

Six projects with UNIGE participation have been selected for European funding under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA). 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:
* DANCETOPIAS, Dr Alice Aterianus-Owanga under the supervision of Prof Jean-Francois Staszak – Department of Geography and Environment (Geneva School of Social Sciences)
* Lifestyle Analytics, Dr Frank Klont under the supervision of Prof Gerard Hopfgartner – Department of Inorganic and Analytic Chemistry (Faculty of Science)
* PAREAT, Dr Christine Cooper-Vince under the supervision of Prof Nadia Micali – Department of Psychiatry (Faculty of Medicine)
* RandPol, Dr Raphael Butez under the supervision of Prof Antti Knowles – Section of Mathematics (Faculty of Science)
* RanMatRanGraCircEl, Dr Johannes Alt under the supervision of Prof Antti Knowles – Section of Mathematics (Faculty of Science)
* RhythmicPrediction, Dr Sandrien van Ommen under the supervision of Prof Anne-Lise Giraud – Department of Basic Neurosciences (Faculty of Medicine)
Congratulations to the new grantees!

H2020 - ERC Advanced Grants

Four researchers from UNIGE were awarded with  prestigious ERC Advanced Grants:

Professor Pedro Herrera, Faculty of Medicine, Genetic medicine and development recently received a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant (2020-2025) for the Merlin - MEtabolic Cell Reprogramming for the Recovery of Lost INsulin-Producing Cells.

Professor Giuseppe Iacobucci, Faculty of Science, Physics Section, received a prestigious ERC Advanced grant (2020-2024) for the project  MONOLITH - Monolithic Multi-Junction Picosecond Avalanche Detector for future physics experiments and applications.

Professor Denis Jabaudon, Faculty of Medicine, Basic Neurosciences recently received a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant (2020-2025) for the Nature Nurture - Intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of neuronal identity.

Professor Christian Lüscher, Faculty of Medicine, Basic Neurosciences recently received a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant (2020-2025) for the project F-Addict - Convergence of positive and negative reinforcement in fentanyl addiction.

Congratulations to the new grantees!

H2020 - ERC Consolidator Grants

Five researchers from UNIGE were awarded with  prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants:

Professor Dmitry Abanin, Faculty of Science, Theoretical Physics, recently for the project TANQ - Taming Non-Equilibrium Quantum Matter (2020-2025)

Professor Camilla Bellone, Faculty of Medicine, Basis Neurosciences, for the project SocialNAC – Circuit and synaptic plasticity mechanisms of approach and avoidance social behaviour (2020-2025)

Professor Camille BONVIN, Faculty of Sciences, Theoretical Physics Dpt for the project LSSgrav – Testing the law of gravity with novel large-scale structure observables (2020-2025)

Professor Doron MERKLER, Faculty of Medicine, Pathology and Immunology Dpt, for the project PATHOCODE - Molecular pathology of anti-viral T cell responses in the central nervous system (2020-2025)

Professor Zoltan ZAJACZ, Faculty of Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciens dpt for the project OXYGEN - The redox evolution of arc magmas: from the oxygenation of the Earth’s atmosphere to the genesis of giant hydrothermal ore deposits Convergence of positive and negative reinforcement in fentanyl addiction (2021-2025)

Congratulations to the new grantees!



Last calls H2020

Some last calls Horizon 2020 with deadlines this summer/autumn include mainly the domains of Energy and Security (Secure Societies), in addition to the major call “Green Deal” and the calls ERC-AdG, ERC-PoC, MSCA-IF, MSCA-COFUND and IMI2 mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter.
All open calls (Euresearch)
All expected calls (Euresearch)

IMI2 - Future Calls

IMI plans to launch IMI2 – Calls 22 and 23 on 23 June 2020. This date is indicative and may change. Find out the topics under consideration forthese calls for proposals.
IMI will run webinars on IMI2 - Calls 22 and 23 from 15 to 30 June inclusive. Registration is free but obligatory via the links on the webinar page.
Submission deadline: tbc

H2020 - FET – information sessions

Are you preparing a proposal for H2020 FET-Proactive or FET Innovation Launchpad?
Enjoy the EC presentations and Q&A sessions recorded during the first part of the webinar European Innovation Council Pilot: EIC Pathfinder and Accelerator 2020 calls
and make your proposal stronger!

Submission deadlines:
FET Proactive: July 2nd, 2020 - FET Launchpad: October 14th, 2020

SNSF - Practice-to-Science

The SNSF awards Practice-to-Science grants to qualified experts with proven practical experience who were recently hired or wish to join a university of applied sciences or a university of teacher education as an assistant professor. The time-limited positions offer the opportunity of obtaining higher qualifications and converting to a permanent position.
Submission deadline: July 15th, 2020

SNSF - Postdoc.Mobility

SNSF Postdoc.Mobility fellowships support postdocs who wish to conduct a research stay abroad.
Submission deadline: August 1st, 2020

H2020: Last call for ERC Advanced Grants

ERC Advanced Grants are individual grants designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements for experienced researchers.
The call opened on 14 May 2020.
For the Letter of Commitment of the Host Institution required for all ERC applications, please inform Euresearch as early as possible and one month before submission deadline at the latest.
Submission deadline: August 26th, 2020

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.
Submission deadline: September 1st, 2020

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: September 1st, 2020

SNSF - Agora

The Agora scheme aims to promote the spread of knowledge, as well as the exchange of views and perspectives about scientific research. It therefore encourages projects involving two-way processes - with interaction and listening - which generate dialogues between researchers and the public.
Submission deadline: September 1st, 2020

H2020 - MSCA – Last call for individual Fellowships

Post-doc research fellowships « Marie Sklodowska Curie » in all scientific domains with free choice of topic.
Submission deadline: September 9th, 2020

SNSF - Indo-Swiss Joint Research

Within the scope of the bilateral programmes of the Swiss Confederation, the SNSF and the Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT) are issuing a call for proposals.
Submission deadline: September 11th, 2020


Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND).
This action is meant for organisations that fund or manage doctoral programmes or fellowship programmes for researchers (post-doc).
Submission deadline: September 29th, 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: September 30th, 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

SNSF - 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

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

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