October 2021

NEWSLETTER - Research Services



Horizon Europe – Swiss transitional measures, calls for projects

For the moment being (2021), Switzerland participates in the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation « Horizon Europe » with the status of a non-associated (high-income) third country, the full association of Switzerland remaining the objective on the medium term.
Horizon Europe is still open for Swiss participation in the many open calls for collaborative projects, as “associated partners” in European consortia, directly funded by SERI.
Participation with EU-funding is still possible in the ERC Synergy Grants and MSCA Global Fellowships (outgoing phase only) 2021-calls. But Swiss entities were excluded from the ERC Advanced Grants and MSCA European Fellowships 2021-calls. The latter have now been replaced by national transition measures including the SNSF Advanced Grants (call open: 1.10.2021 - 1.12.2021) and SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships (call open soon: 15.10.2021 - 15.12.2021).
More information:
Key links and documents (Research Services)
Swiss transitional measures (SERI)
Swiss transitional measures (SNSF) 
Contact (Research Services)


Universities of Geneva and Tokyo launch a collaboration to open a new 'eye' on the sky for the exploration of the highest energy universe

A Declaration of Interest (DoI) between the University of Geneva and the University of Tokyo Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR) has been signed by the UNIGE rector Prof. Y, Flückiger and the director of ICRR, the Nobel Laureate T. Kajita. The Declaration of Interest concerns joint work towards the construction of the Large Size Telescope for the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) and R&D projects promoting innovation to build the `eyes on the sky’ of such telescopes, i.e. their cameras.
Gamma-ray astronomy will enter its era of precision with the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO). Its Large Size Telescopes (LSTs) can explore dark matter eventually hidden in the Galactic Centre and powerful accelerators such as pulsars ejecting winds along the axis of the rotating neutron star in the galactic plane or black hole jets. Together with other-size telescopes, the LSTs of CTAO will contribute understanding how other compact objects work, such as black holes embedded in the core of active galaxies. Despite the impressive diameter of its segmented mirror of 23 m, and its 100 tons of weight, these large telescopes can rotate in less than 60 seconds to point promptly to the alert directions launched by other observatories to discover fast transient phenomena. Four of these telescopes are planned to be completed in 2025 at La Palma, Canary Islands, and the first of them is already taking data there for is commissioning.
The LST project is led by Prof. Masahiro Teshima of the University of Tokyo and the UNIGE has various roles of responsibility on the system engineering, telescope control, data analysis, and R&D on innovative camera.
In the frame of this R&D group, researchers working for the development of CTAO are discussing to build additional ones after 2025 for the enhanced phase of CTA. Japanese and Swiss groups have promoted a Declaration of Interest on joint work towards the construction and required innovation work to build the `eyes on the sky’ of such telescopes, their cameras.
A new sensor is planned to be used with additionally miniaturized integrated circuits that will be designed thanks to a project funded by the FLARE program of the Swiss National Science Foundation.  The construction of such cameras triggers a joint enterprise with Japanese institutions to create, using cutting edge technologies, a super-fast and low-power consuming electronics for large surface silicon-based photosensors.
The University of Geneva coordinates such project in the frame of the international Large Size Telescope project of CTA and EPFL and ETHZ cooperate in the FLARE R&D project.
The University of Geneva is the lead institution of the CTAO project in Switzerland, which is supported by SERI as part of the Roadmap process of large research infrastructures.
The responsible PI for UNIGE and Switzerland is Prof. Teresa Montaruli  



EOSC Symposium

The European Open Science Cloud finally entered its highly-anticipated implementation phase in 2021. In June 2021 the EOSC was granted special status as a co-programmed European Partnership in Horizon Europe with the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding. This new European Partnership status will fortify EOSC with almost €500 million of European funding and an in-kind contribution from the partners of another €500 million. The report of the symposium summarises the current state of play of the various actions.

Funding opportunities

The Academic Community at the University of Geneva has access to *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.  Access to broadcast demonstrations is here.

Open Science requirements in HE

Free access to research outputs is the most effective way of ensuring that the fruits of EU funded research can be used as the basis for further research. Open Science requirements in Horizon Europe ERC projects impact the way researchers manage their publications, research data and repositories. Key concepts and information are given here.


The guiding theme of SWEET Call 1-2020 was «Integration of renewables into a sustainable and resilient Swiss energy system» from which arose the following research challenges:
Improve renewable energy system efficiency through flexibility and sector coupling
Integration of decentralised supply of renewable energy into the Swiss energy system
Enabling renewables for heating and cooling
Sustainability at the heart of a resilient Swiss energy system

Four consortia have been selected as part of the first call for proposals on the topic of "Integration of renewables". We introduce the DeCarbCH consortium, which is led by the University of Geneva.

DeCarbCH - Decarbonisation of Cooling and Heating in Switzerland  with the  University of Geneva as the Host Institution and Professor Martin PATEL.
01.06.2021: Energeia Blog: DeCarbCH: Was will das SWEET-Konsortium erreichen?
Introducing the consortium DeCarbCH - YouTube

PATHFNDR - PATHways to an Efficient Future Energy System through Flexibility aND SectoR Coupling (Host Institution: ETH Zurich)
Four consortia have been selected as part of the first call for proposals on the topic of «Integration of renewables». We introduce the PATHFNDR consortium, which is led by the ETH Zurich.
2021.09.16: Energeia Blog: SWEET-Konsortium PATHFNDR: Auf dem Weg zu einem nachhaltigen Energiesystem
Introducing the consortium PATHFNDR - YouTube

EDGE - Enabling Decentralized renewable GEneration in the Swiss cities, midlands, and the Alps (Host Institution: EPF Lausanne). Four consortia have been selected as part of the first call for proposals on the topic of «Integration of renewables». We introduce the EDGE consortium, which is led by the EPF Lausanne.
2021.07.07: Energeia Blog: EDGE fokussiert auf erneuerbare, dezentrale Energiequellen
Introducing the consortium EDGE - YouTube

SURE - SUstainable and Resilient Energy for Switzerland (Host Institution: Paul Scherrer Institute PSI)


SCCER : Energy Funding Programme 2013-2020: Final Report and evaluation

Developing and implementing solutions to pressing issues relating to the energy transition in Switzerland: This was the aim of the Energy Funding Programme, which was managed by Innosuisse and concluded at the end of 2020 after a period of eight years. The core element was the establishment and management of eight Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCERs) in seven action areas.  
Since 2014, the Competence Centers have developed numerous solutions for the technical, social and political challenges relating to the Energy Strategy 2050. By bringing together academia and practice, they have made an important contribution to the transfer of knowledge and technology.
Innosuisse supported the SCCERs, the joint activities and innovation projects in the field of energy with a total of over 250 million Swiss francs over the eight years.
Media release from 17.12.2020
Interview with Adriano Nasciuti (President of the Steering Committee) on the conclusion
Over 1,500 projects launched
Since 2014, more than 1,300 researchers have been working at the SCCERs each year on average. They have launched more than 1,500 projects over the life of the funding programme. Partners from business and the community have participated in around 900 projects.
Some project highlights can be found here
Interview with Gianfranco Guidati (Head of the Joint Activity JASM)
Final Report published
At the end of the Energy Funding Programme, Innosuisse published a Final Report in July 2021 summarising the objectives, activities, and results of the SCCERs and joint activities. The report was written by the experts who accompanied the SCCERs during their existence.
Final Report (PDF, 2 MB, 19.07.2021)
Executive Summary (PDF, 107 kB, 19.07.2021)
Key figures for the Funding Programme (PDF, 268 kB, 19.07.2021)
Evaluation of the Funding Programme
Innosuisse has commissioned the two organisations Interface in Lucerne and the Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft in Graz to carry out an evaluation of the impact of the completed funding programme. The evaluation includes an examination of the three measures (operation of the SCCER, promotion of innovation projects in the field of energy and joint activities). The focus is on assessing the short, medium and, where possible, long-term impact and its contribution to the objectives of the action plan. The evaluation team is also to assess the design and implementation of the programme. The results are expected in 2022.
Links to accompanying research 2017-2019
About the Energy Funding Programme
Innosuisse supported the following eight SCCERs over the course of eight years:
Future Energy-Efficient Buildings & Districts (SCCER FEEB&D)
Efficiency of Industrial Processes (SCCER EIP)
Future Swiss Electrical Infrastructure (SCCER-FURIES)
Heat & Electricity Storage (SCCER HaE)
Supply of Electricity (SCCER-SoE)
Competence Centre for Research in Energy, Society, and Transition (SCCER CREST)
Mobility (SCCER Mobility)
Biomass for Swiss Energy Future (SCCER BIOSWEET)
UNIGE Journal


Interdisciplinary research contributes to faster implementation of the energy transition
Isabelle Stadelmann, Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bern, has been conducting research on energy issues for several years, often in cooperation with colleagues from natural sciences and technical disciplines. In the following interview, she shows why such collaborations are of great importance for the transformation of our energy system.
2021.07.01: Energeia Blog: «Für eine erfolgreiche Energietransition braucht es auch die Sozialwissenschaften»
Social scientists and humanities scholars must actively engage in energy research
Sustainable development is one of society's core tasks. Sociologist Prof. Michael Stauffacher explains in an interview why an integrative approach with different disciplinary perspectives is particularly important for the transition of our energy system.
2021.09.01: Energeia Blog: Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaftler müssen sich aktiv in die Energieforschung einbringen


New Member from UNIGE at the Research Council : Prof. Monica Gotta in Division Biology and Medicine. Information
Research Council: five new members and new president of specialised committee
The National Research Council evaluates project proposals submitted by researchers in Switzerland and selects the best ones for funding. The Council is composed of a maximum of 100 leading researchers. New members are elected by the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council of the SNSF.
The new member of the Presiding Board is Andreas Mayer, University of Lausanne, president of the Specialised Committee Interdisciplinary Research. The five new members of the Research Council are Simona Pekarek Doehler, University of Neuchâtel and Wassilis Kassis, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland in Humanities and Social Sciences division. The new member in Biology and Medicine division are Monica Gotta, University of Geneva and Mohamed Bentires-Alj, University of Basel and in the Programmes division, Eleni Chatzi, ETH Zurich, for engineering sciences
National Research Council of the SNSF


External evaluation assesses the quality of the NCCR selection process

A new evaluation study assesses the quality of the NCCR selection process and provides valuable information for its further development.
The 2016 and 2021 reports of the NIFU on the evaluation of the NCCR selection procedure, the SNSF's position paper on the 2021 evaluation, and the statements from the Sounding Board on the 2016 evaluation are published on the SNSF website.
Evaluation Report 5th NCCR Selection NIFU 2021 (PDF)
SNSF position paper on the NIFU evaluation 2021 (PDF)
Evaluation report NIFU from 2016 (PDF)
Comments of the 2016 Research Council Sounding Group (PDF)

More infos

SNSF Newsletter
SEFRI Newsletter
Euresearch Newsletter



Open Research Europe WEBINAR

Open Research Europe (ORE) is a new publishing platform launched by the European Commission. The platform provides all Horizon 2020 beneficiaries and their collaborators with an easy, high-quality venue to publish EU-funded research at no cost and in full compliance with the Commission’s open access policies. During the ORE webinar, on 15 October 2021, attendees will get the opportunity to get acquainted with the ORE platform. Register here.

SNSF -  Innosuisse

The SNSF and Innosuisse organise three information events for researchers. They will take place online using Webex, as last year.
Join us for a presentation of the various funding schemes offered by the SNSF and Innosuisse. It is the perfect opportunity for researchers to obtain all the necessary information and put their questions to the people responsible for the schemes during a question and answer session.
Researchers from all higher education institutions are welcome.
Dates : 27 October 2021, 11 November 2021, 26 November 2021




A new project with UNIGE participation has been selected for European funding Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) that underpin innovation and competitiveness across private and public sectors and enable scientific progress in all disciplines. It is :
Dr. Luigi BONACINA, Faculty of Sciences, Physics Section for the project FAIR CHARM - Fast Infrared Coherent Harmonic Microscopy, (the contract being prepared / signed).
Congratulations to the new grantee!

H2020-MSCA - Innovative Training Networks (ITN) - 2020

A new project with UNIGE participation has been selected for European funding – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Innovative Training Networks (ITN), Doctoral networks implemented by universities, research institutions and businesses, with the aim of training a new generation of researchers. It is :
Prof. Anna SFYRLA, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Nuclear and Corpuscular physics (DPNC) for the project SMARTHEP: Synergies between Machine leArning, Real Time analysis and Hybrid architectures for efficient Event Processing and decision making,
Congratulations to the new grantee!


For the 17th Call, the SNSF approved the funding of 22 projects among which 2 will be carried out at the University of Geneva.
Rose DELESTRE, Le corps vulnérable : fictions et poét(h)ique(s) médiévales du "care"
Lou JACQUEMET, Les échanges transatlantiques dans la théorisation du rôle social des musées, 1920-1960.
Congratulations to the new grantees!


From the 141 projects submitted a project at the 4th PRIMA Call in November 2020. From the 18 projects selected by the SNSF, two young researchers have been selected to receive funding for their project to be carried out at UNIGE.
Julia LANGKAU: ’Creativity, Imagination and Tradition’, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities
Pei-Hsuan WU, Epigenetic paternal contribution to embryogenesis through non-coding RNAs, Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, Faculty of Medicine.
Congratulations to the new grantees!

SNSF - Ambizione

480 young researchers submitted their projects at the Ambizione call at the SNSF in November 2020. From the 84 projects selected by the SNSF, ten young researchers have been selected to receive funding for their project to be carried out at UNIGE. 4 projects will be carried out at Faculty of Sciences, 3 at the Faculty of Humanities, 1 project in the Faculty of Medicine and 1 at the Global Studies Institute and one project in the Faculty of psychology and sciences of education.
Riccardo BOCCHI, Origin and diversity of neocortical astrocytes
Cvetomir DIMOV, Constructing an integrated model of language use during collaborative skill acquisition
Danilo LEWANSKI, Resurgent topological recursion, enumerative geometry and integrable hierarchies
Marko MEDENJAK, Unconventional many-body Systems out-of-equilibrium
Sam MIRELMAN, The Dawn of Translation: Sumerian-Akkadian Literary Bilingualism in the Old Babylonian Period (2000–1600 BC)
Teymour MOREL, La philosophie arabe au prisme de la diffusion de ses témoins manuscrits dans le monde : Averroès, al-Yanyawi et al-Tulawi comme cas d’étude
Stéphanie PERAZZONE, Unruly' Spaces: Public space, Society and Politics in Urban Africa
Tommaso SALVATORE, Geografia e storia della tradizione dei Rerum vulgarium fragmenta
Roope UOLA, Quantum measurement resources: theory and applications
Stephan VUCKOVIC, Transforming Applicability of Density Functional Theory Simulations of Complex Molecules.
Congratulations to the new grantees!

SNSF - New UNIGE member

The National Research Council evaluates project proposals submitted by researchers in Switzerland and selects the best ones for funding. The Council is composed of a maximum of 100 leading researchers. New members are elected by the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council of the SNSF.
Professor Monica Gotta from the University of Geneva, is starting as of October 1st 2021, as new member of the Biology and Medicine Division in genetics and developmental biology.



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: October 15, 2021

SNSF - 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.
The call is open to the following thematic areas:
Sustainable food production (including nanotechnologies in sustainable food production)
Climate change: resilience and adaptation (including social sciences-related and health-related climate change aspects)
Submission deadline: October 15, 2021

SNSF - Solar-driven chemistry 2021/2022   

The international call “Solar-driven chemistry” supports basic research in all sub-areas relevant to the photochemical transformation of molecules into more valuable, storable chemicals by means of solar radiation.
Researchers from Switzerland who are interested in collaborating within the scope of international consortia are invited to submit their pre-proposals by 29 October 2021. Joint proposals can be submitted by at least two and up to four applicants located in at least two and up to four different countries participating in this call, i.e. Finland, France, Germany, Poland, Turkey and Switzerland. Call website DFG
Submission deadline: October 29, 2021


Eurostars is open for project applications!
The project consortium must have an innovative SME in the leading role, but it can also include other types of organisations like large companies, universities, research organisations and more
Go to the call page
Submission of R&D and innovation project applications, are open between 2 September 2021 and 4 November 2021 at 14:00 CET.

HE-Digital – Cluster 4

Progress in digital technologies shape all sectors of the economy and society. Research and Innovation actions in this Cluster focus on strengthening the global competitiveness of the European digital sector while taking into account key environmental and societal challenges like sustainability or inclusiveness.
Possible for institutions in Switzerland to participate as “Associated Partner” with SERI funding.

Next submission deadlines: October 21, 2021 and November 16, 2021 (also in February and April 2022)


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 29, 2021

SNSF - Ambizione   

Ambizione grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution.
Ambizione Regulations (PDF)
How to get the General Confirmation for the Ambizione call?
General confirmation is coordinated by the Research Services and can be obtained at service-recherche@unige.ch. Requests should be submitted before October 11th and should include Name and email of the fellow, The Detailed confirmation from the Department/Center (instructions given by SNSF)
An English resumé or synopsis in English (which will be used to establish the General confirmation)
The General Confirmation will be sent as a pdf document to be uploaded in your submission on mySNF.
Submission deadline: November 1st, 2021

SNSF - PRIMA       

PRIMA grants are aimed at outstanding women researchers who show great potential and hope to become professors.
The PRIMA grantees will conduct an independent research project with their own team at a Swiss research institution. The grants cover the researcher’s salary (at least at the level of group leader) and project costs over a five-year period. This competitive grant allows PRIMA grantees to enhance their profile and take the next step up the academic career ladder: a professorship. If a PRIMA grantee is appointed professor in Switzerland during the funding period, the remaining PRIMA grant will be transferred to her new workplace as research funds.
General confirmation of the vice rectorate for research for the PRIMA submissions will be established by the Research Services (contact : Ysadora Charital : ysadora.charital@unige.ch). It can only be obtained by providing the following information
-   Detailed confirmation of the institute/department duly signed (by hand)*
-   E-mail address of the applicant
-   Draft of the project summary
-          CV of the applicant
Please provide us with this information/documents as soon as possible and no later than Monday, October 11, 2021.
Submission deadline: November 1st, 2021

SNSF - SPIRIT          

SPIRIT facilitates knowledge exchange between researchers in Switzerland and researchers in a range of low- and middle-income countries.
SPIRIT, the Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams, funds research projects submitted by excellent research consortia from two to four countries. Researchers from all disciplines can apply for a SPIRIT grant; The topics are chosen by the researchers themselves. SPIRIT grants contribute to the education of researchers in all participating countries. Special focus is given to equal opportunities and the promotion of women scientists, as well as to raising awareness of gender-specific questions. Approximately twelve projects can be funded per year.
Reading the Guidelines for the submission of SPIRIT applications is recommended.
Guidelines for the submission (PDF)
Submission deadline: November 2, 2021

HE - ERC - Synergy Grant

The ERC Synergy Grants have been developed in order to bring together complementary skills, knowledge and resources from 2-4 excellent researchers with the goal of jointly addressing frontier research problems from any field.
submission deadline: November 10, 2021.

HE - MSCA - Doctoral Networks

HE-MSCA - Doctoral Networks (previously “Innovative Training Networks”)
Doctoral networks implemented by universities, research institutions and businesses, with the aim of training a new generation of researchers.
Possible for institutions in Switzerland to participate as “Associated Partner” with SERI funding.
Submission deadline: November 16, 2021

Indo-Swiss 2021   

Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme 2021 
Under the MoES, the overarching topic of the call is “Mountain research, with a focus on glaciers or climate research”. The SNSF will cover the project costs in Switzerland and the MoES/ICSSR the projects costs incurred in India. The duration of the JRPs under the MoES topics is 3 to 4 years and JRPs under the ICSSR topics 3 years. The maximum funding for a four-year project is 350,000 Swiss francs.
Call document (PDF)
Submission deadline: November 30, 2021

SNSF - Sinergia

Sinergia promotes the interdisciplinary collaboration of two to four applicants who propose breakthrough research.
Interdisciplinary research is defined as research across disciplinary boundaries. In order to achieve the research objectives, it is necessary to integrate elements (theories, methods, concepts, etc.) from two or more disciplines. All disciplines are considered to be equally important.
Please, note that the SNSF has revised the Regulations on Sinergia grants in order to clarify the objectives of the funding scheme.
Submission deadline: December 1st, 2021

SNSF - Advanced grants

On behalf of the federal government, the SNSF has introduced a transitional measure – the SNSF Advanced Grants – for those who intended to apply for an ERC Advanced Grant in 2021. The grants are aimed at leading researchers who wish to conduct innovative, high-risk research in Switzerland. Proposals will be evaluated in two stages by panels of international experts, similar to the panels established for the ERC Advanced Grants
The call opened on 1 October and the submission deadline is 1 December, however pre-registration by 1 November 2021 is mandatory with a view to submission.
If you plan to submit a proposal, contact us swiftly, in particular with a view to obtaining the letter of support of the host institution, which is mandatory.
Submission deadline: December 1st, 2021


Current SWEET call for proposals: Critical Infrastructures. Critical Infrastructures, Climate Change, and Resilience of the Swiss Energy System' is the guiding theme of the current call for proposals under the SWEET funding programme. This call is a joint undertaking of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) and the National Centre for Climate Services (NCCS).
The call guideline with all the associated forms is available for download under Documents
The Research Services is in charge of coordinating the institutional LETTER OF COMMITMENT requested for project submission. Please, contact us at service-recherche@unige.ch
Submission deadline: December 3, 2021

SNSF - Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships

PostDoc research fellowships in all scientific domains with free choice of topic, addressed to researchers who have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately prior to the submission deadline.
Submission deadline: December 15, 2021 (mandatory pre-registration via mySNF by November 15, 2021)

HE-Space – Cluster 4

Maximising the benefits for society and the economy, fostering competitiveness and innovation, reinforcing Europe's autonomy in accessing and using space: all this comprises the European Commission's "Space Strategy for Europe". Opportunities in this Cluster range from Earth observation and navigation systems, to enabling technologies such as launchers, propulsion systems, electronics and robotics.
Restrictions to the participation of Swiss entities may apply in some topics. For more information refer to the Euresearch website.
Submission deadline: February 16, 2022

HE-MSCA - Staff Exchanges

The aim is to develop sustainable collaborative projects between different organisations from the academic and non-academic sectors (in particular SMEs), based in Europe and beyond. Exchanged staff benefit from new knowledge, skills and career development perspectives, while participating organisations increase their research and innovation capacities.
Possible for institutions in Switzerland to participate as “Associated Partner” with SERI funding.

Submission deadline:March 9, 2022

HE-Industry – Cluster 4

The European Commission’s strategic objective for European industry is to transform it into a clean, climate-neutral, circular and competitive part of the economy. Research and innovation actions in this Cluster focus on the processing industry, the construction sector, manufacturing and materials.
Restrictions to the participation of Swiss entities may apply in some topics. For more information refer to the Euresearch website.
Submission deadline: March 30, 2022

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