June 2022

NEWSLETTER - Research Services



Horizon Europe

Last Calls 2022 (incl. for Missions), First Perspectives 2023.

Many calls for projects “2022” are still open in the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon Europe”, with national transitional measures set-up by the SERI/SNSF in order to guarantee the funding of all Swiss participants in the context of the Swiss non-association (CH = non-associated high-income third country).
For the collaborative projects, opportunities still exist in many thematic clusters, and for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions/networks and public-private Joint Undertakings. The relevant documents (Work Programmes, etc.) have been updated and are now available on the EU Funding Portal, in particular: General Introduction, General Annexes, Research Infrastructure, Cluster 3 - Civil Security for Society, Clusters 4 – Digital-Industry-Space, Cluster 5 – Climate-Energy-Mobility, Cluster 6 – Food-Bioeconomy-Resources-Agriculture.
Furthermore, the new Work Programme for the 2022-calls addressing the Missions has been published. Missions are collaborative actions aiming at tangible and urgent (-2030) solutions in EU priority domains such as Adaption to climate change, Cancer, Restore Oceans and Waters, Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities, Healthy Soils.
For individual grants/fellowships, Swiss entities remain eligible for ERC Synergy Grants (deadline 8.11.2022) and MSCA Global Fellowships 2022 – outgoing phase (14.9.2022). National calls (SNSF) shall replace the ERC Advanced Grants 2022 and MSCA European Fellowships 2022 calls where the Swiss entities are excluded for the moment being. More information will become available in summer.
For the future calls for projects “2023”, the drafting process of the Work Programmes is underway, to be adopted by the end of the year. Most calls shall open in late 2022 / early 2023. SERI recently informed that the Federal Council foresees the continuation of the transitional measures in 2023 if Switzerland would not be associated to Horizon Europe by then, including SNSF replacement calls for the ERC Starting/Consolidator/Advanced Grants and, we guess, also for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships. The main objective remains, however, the full association of Switzerland to Horizon Europe as soon as possible.
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Swiss status in Horizon Europe (SERI)
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Missions (Commission européenne)
Missions Work Programme (Commission européenne)
Swiss transitional measures (SERI)
Swiss transitional measures (SNSF)
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Reconduction of SNSF Advanced Grants and SNSF SwissPostdoctoral Fellowships in 2022

On behalf of the Swiss government, the SNSF will continue its transitional measures “SNSF Advanced Grants” and “SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships” in 2022.
At present, Switzerland is considered a third country that is not associated to the Horizon Europe programme. The Swiss government has therefore mandated the SNSF to continue its transitional measures “SNSF Advanced Grants” and “SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships” in 2022.The SNSF Advanced Grants 2022 call will open on 1 August, and researchers will have until 1 November 2022 to submit their proposals. These grants are intended for researchers who wanted to apply for an ERC Advanced Grant this year in order to conduct innovative and high-risk research in Switzerland. For those who intended to apply for an individual fellowship under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA PF) scheme this year, the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022 call will open on 1 September, and proposals will need to be submitted by 1 December 2022. This transitional measure is intended for young researchers who wish to consolidate their scientific training and pursue their academic career in Switzerland.As of 1 August and 1 September, respectively, the two calls will open on our website, and all important information will be available there.
SNSF Advanced Grants
SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships
Information on Horizon Europe from the SERI


Transitional measures for Swiss participation in space research and technology: creation of a European Space Deep-Tech Innovation Center in Villigen (AG)
Due to Switzerland's non-association to Horizon Europe, its participation in space research and technology is severely limited, apart from the earth observation program (COPERNICUS) and the space mission (GAIA).
To remedy this, on May 17, 2022, a cooperation agreement between Switzerland and the European Space Agency was signed for the creation of a joint competence center at the Paul Scherrer Institute.
This Centre, named ESDI for European Space Deep-Tech Innovation aims at closing the gap between academic research and economic developments in space. It is intended to structure the ESDI around thematic platforms involving partners inside and outside Switzerland. The centre’s activity will focus on identifying challenges resulting from ESA’s own needs or from the space community at large. Material research, data management and processing, quantum technologies, as well as sustainable space ecosystem (until now not accessible for Switzerland) are planned to be among the first thematic platforms to be established to address these challenges. The ESDI will play a coordinating role and facilitate projects by leveraging existing infrastructures with a network of partners in universities and industry across Europe and Switzerland.


Interreg is one of the most important instruments of the European Union (EU) to support cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation, including in the field of research and innovation. The first calls for certain programs of the new phase 2021-2027 (Interreg VI) have already been opened. In the field of cross-border cooperation, the new France-Switzerland program which has just been adopted by the European Commission, was officially launched on 9 June. The Interreg France-Switzerland program is endowed with 69.7 million EUR from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and with 50 million CHF from Swiss contributions. The projects supported must be carried out in the territory of cooperation and respond to one of the five program priorities,
Priority 1 – Carbon neutrality, ecological and energy transition. EUR 17.2m and CHF 12.2m
Priority 2 – Research, innovation, and new technologies – EUR 17.2m and CHF 12.7m
Priority 3 – Sustainable mobility and multimodality – EUR 16.2m and CHF 11.7m
Priority 4 – Sustainable tourism and culture – EUR 14.3m and CHF 10m
Priority 5 – Reduction of obstacles at the Franco-Swiss border – 4.8m EUR and 3.4m CHF

For the area of research & innovation under priority 2, one of the specific objectives consists in developing and improving research and innovation capacities as well as the use of cutting-edge technologies, mainly in the areas of excellence of the territory, such as micro-technology, ICT and cyber-security, health, energy, sport-mountain-tourism etc.
The call for projects opened on June 10 for the submission of a pre-project file (until 16 September). Five thematic webinars have been organized from 13 June and can be consulted online.
Swiss entities participate in the program with full rights and can benefit from co-financing by federal, cantonal and regional authorities.


For many of us, submitting scientific findings to peer-reviewed journals or reviewing articles is part of our everyday professional life. The organization of the peer review process and the selection of submitted manuscripts represent the central services that publishers and journals must provide for the communication of scientific findings. However, this process is handled very differently. We have received reports ranging from exemplary review processes to suspicions of the prioritization of commercial interests.
However, compliance with quality assurance processes by publishers and journals is an important criterion for acquisition decisions and funding for Open Access. At the same time, journals that do not adhere to quality assurance processes and give greater priority to commercial interests should be identified and their financial support critically scrutinized.
To support these decisions empirically, we – the university libraries of the TU9 German Universities of Technology and the cooperation partners of Swiss higher education institutions – are in need of data with regards to your perception of the quality assurance process in scholarly publishing. For this reason, we would like to invite you to participate in an online web-survey.
Please take 15 minutes to tell us about your own experiences as an editor, reviewer or author.
The questionnaire is available in English and German. Link to the questionnaire.
This survey is anonymous, there is no possibility to draw any conclusions about you from the information you provide. Do you have any questions? Please contact us at: equap2@slub-dresden.de or visit the project website.

This project is carried out in cooperation with the TU9 German Universities of Technology, the University of Geneva, the University and the Zentralbibliothek Zurich, the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, the Universitätsbibliothek Basel, the Universitätsbibliothek Bern, the Swiss Consortium of University Libraries and the Swiss Library Network of Education and Research.


A new matchmaking platform for MSCA proposals was launched by the international network of MSCA National Contact Points in May 2022. This virtual platform aims to facilitate linking between researchers and all types of institutions and companies. This is an opportunity to generate new contacts and collaborations in the upcoming MSCA calls for 2022.
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Writing Training

Collaborative Projects
Are you planning to participate in a consortium for a proposal to one of the open collaborative Horizon Europe calls ? This training will help you respond to all 3 evaluation criteria for Horizon Europe proposals (Excellence, Impact, and Implementation).
Where: Bern/online
When: 25 August 2022




Strategic Japanese-Swiss Science and Technology Programme: call 2022
As part of the federal government's bilateral programmes, the SNSF and the Japan Socie-ty for the Promotion of Science are launching a joint call for proposals on the topic of "Designing Future Societies". The call is open to projects from all disciplines.
Submission deadline: June 30, 2022

SNSF - Postdoc.Mobility

Postdoc.Mobility fellowships are aimed at researchers who have done a doctorate and who wish to pursue a scientific or an academic career in Switzerland. A research stay abroad enables such researchers to acquire more in-depth knowledge, increases their scientific independence and enhances their research profile.
Submission deadline: August 1st, 2022.


Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) – Appel pour Demonstrator projects
“Demonstrator projects” demonstrate the added value of the SPHN data resources and infrastructure elements for data-driven personalized health research, clinical and public health research, and clinical use. Demonstrator projects use the SPHN infrastructures, processes, and frameworks, to demonstrate the utility and fit-for-purpose of those SPHN ecosystem elements and to identify gaps.
Délai de soumission : August 30, 2022.

Horizon Europe

Many deadlines this summer-autumn

Collaborative projects
Mission - Health/Cancer (7.9.2022); Mission – Climate (27.9.2022); MSCA - Doctoral Networks (15.11.2022); MSCA - Cofund (9.2.2023); MSCA - Staff Exchange (8.3.2023); Research Infrastructures - Digital Services for Neurosciences (21.9.2022); Cluster 3 - Protection and Security (23.11.2022); Cluster 3 - Disaster-Resilient Societies (23.11.2022); Cluster 3 - Cybersecurity (16.11.2022); Cluster 4 - Digital, Human (16.11.2022); Cluster 4 – AI/Robotics (16.11.2022); Cluster 4 – Materials (16.11.2022); Joint Technology Initiative - CleanH2 (20.9.2022); Joint Undertaking - Digital European Sky (13.10.2022); Cluster 5 - Smart Mobility (6.9.2022); Cluster 5 - Energy Storage (6.9.2022); Cluster 5 - Energy Supply (27.10.2022 / 10.1.2023); Cluster 5 - Buildings/Industry in Energy Transition (6.9.2022 / 24.1.2023); Joint Undertaking - Key Digital Technologies (21.9.2022); Joint Undertaking - Supercomputing / Big Data (27.10.2022); European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE) - Interconnection, Procurement, Investments (27.9.2022 / 4.10.2022); European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) - Knowledge and Innovation Communities (28.9.2022); European Innovation Council (EIC) - Pathfinder (19.10.2022).

Individual Grants
ERC Synergy Grants (8.11.2022); MSCA Global Fellowships 2022 – outgoing phase (14.9.2022).

Full list of all calls, with direct links


BRIDGE Proof of Concept is aimed at young researchers who wish to develop an application or service based on their research results. These projects may target innovations of all kinds from all research areas. 23rd call until 5 September 2022.
Submission deadline: September 5, 2022


The Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) is a public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Union and the European life science industries.
IHI expects to launch the first calls for proposals in the first half of 2022.
Draft themes that could be included in the first calls for proposals can be found on the future opportunities page.
IHI call 1 (single stage call): Neurodegenerative diseases and comorbidities; Imaging diagnosis and therapy for cancer; Personalised oncology; Access and integration of heterogeneous health data.
IHI call 2 (two stage call): Cardiovascular diseases; Promote uptake of early feasibility studies for clinical and innovation excellence.


MSCA - Postdoctoral Fellowships
PostDoc research fellowships in all scientific domains with free choice of topic.
Possible for Swiss entities to participate as “Associated Partner” within the framework of MSCA Global Fellowships (“Outgoing Phase” only).
Submission deadline: September 14, 2022


Doc.CH 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: September 15, 2022

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: September 21, 2022; October 27, 2022; November 16, 2021
Topic Preview Digital 2022

SNSF - International Co-Investigator Scheme


The International Co-Investigator Scheme provides funding for cross-border projects.
This funding scheme is aimed at researchers in Switzerland whose project includes a subproject abroad. The SNSF evaluates and finances both the project and the subproject abroad.
Submission deadline: 1 October and 1 April, 2022.

SNSF - Weave / Lead Agency

To launch a research project with partners abroad: the SNSF has two agreements in place, the Weave and Lead Agency agreements, that greatly simplify the submission and evaluation of such proposals
Submission deadline: Submission deadlines vary. Please consult the respective country pages.


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.
Swiss entities cannot act as “grant holders” but can still participate as partners in a COST Action.
Submission deadline: October 20, 2022


Agora – where research meets the public
The Agora scheme aims to foster dialogue between scientists and society. It encourages researchers to communicate their current research to an audience of lay people. Agora projects have to initiate a dialogue between researchers and the public in which they interact and listen to each other.
Submission deadline: New call planned for autumn 2022


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.
Submission deadline: November 1, 2022


The Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams (SPIRIT) promotes team-oriented cross-border research.
Submission deadline: November 2, 2022


Sinergia promotes the interdisciplinary collaboration of two to four research groups that propose breakthrough research.
Submission deadline: November 2, 2022


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. Researchers based in Switzerland can participate and will be funded by the European Commission. However, only one Principal Investigator per project can be hosted or engaged by an institution outside of the EU Member States or Associated Countries.
Next call is expected to open in 13/07/2022 and close on November 8, 2022.


PRIMA and Eccellenza become SNSF Professorial Fellowships
Submission deadline: to come


Rapid funding of unconventional ideas.
New call for proposals expected in 2023


The FLARE programme aims at facilitating the development, construction, maintenance and operation of research infrastructures for major international experiments in particle physics, ground based astrophysics and astroparticle physics.
Submission deadline:November 15, 2022 – 2 years


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 15, 2022

HE-Space – Cluster 4

6 new space topics will open in October 2022 with deadline in February 2023 (see link). At some point (hopefully soon) they will also be accessible on the Funding & Tender portal. 5 topics relate to navigation and/or earth observation (Galileo/Copernicus). The sixth relates to GOVSATCOM: this is not easily accessible to Swiss entities, as there is currently no GOVSATCOM agreement in place between Switzerland and EU. Only chance would be if "there are no other technological alternative in an EU Member State".

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