October 2022

Research and Grants office



New name

The research services changes its name to the Research and Grants Office.

Our versatile service contributes to the excellence of scientific research at UNIGE, supporting UNIGE researchers at all stages of funding their projects, but also when they apply for career scholarships. Our multidisciplinary team of 18 people is at the disposal of researchers for any request for information, for personalised advice and to help them establish useful links to the development of their projects or careers in connection with regional and national (PolN) research as well as European and international (Euresearch) research. We also advise SMEs and companies on their project submissions under the European Framework Programme.
For any request, do not hesitate to contact us via research-grants-office@unige.ch



Training courses related to your SNSF submissions

Throughout the semester, the UNIGE Library offers training courses to enable researchers to meet the requirements of the SNSF, whether for submitting an application, publishing in Open Access or sharing research data:
Using an ORCID identifier for your research (an ORCID is now required for all new SNSF applications)
- SNSF Data Management Plan (DMP): how to fill it in and what information to include?
- 3 things to know about Open Access before submitting your article, in 15 minutes
- Where to archive and share research data? in 15 minutes
- Depositing your research data in Yareta: getting started with the institutional tool

All these trainings are free of charge but require registration.
Find all the Library's training courses at: https://www.unige.ch/biblio/en/training/

Open Access Week

From October 24 to 28, 2022, the UNIGE Library is organizing a series of events to celebrate the International Open Access Week:
- Trainings on Open Access, Creative Commons licenses and the new repository interface of the UNIGE Archive ouverte
- Stands in the main buildings on campus
- Posters on the subject, which present the number of repositories in the Archive ouverte for each of the UNIGE faculties.
You can find the program of this week and all the information here.

More news

SNSF Newsletter
SEFRI Newsletter
Euresearch Newsletter




2-day webinar on Oct 11-12, 2022 on eInfrastructures Organized by European Union, this webinar is dedicated to the development of National infrastructures in EOSC.
Two online workshops focused on the collaboration of eInfrastructures at the EU level presenting what is happening, how they propagate, how they extend and execute such collaborations at the national level and in the framework of EOSC Future. 

MSCA - Staff exchanges

Infoevent Euresearch - MSCA-Staff Exchanges
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are the European Union's reference programme for doctoral education and postdoctoral training.
In this online infoevent, Euresearch will introduce the MSCA Staff Exchanges (SE), an action to promote collaborative research and innovation projects through global and cross-sector staff exchanges.
Join the event to learn more about the specifics of the 2022 SE call, eligibility criteria, the proposal, and how the action is implemented. We will explain how Swiss-based institutions can participate and put a special focus on the participation of companies.
Date: October 25, 2022


Info-event Euresearch - MSCA-COFUND
Through co-funding of new or existing doctoral and postdoctoral programmes, the MSCA COFUND action promotes sustainable training and international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility. COFUND spreads the MSCA’s best practices by promoting high standards, excellent working conditions, training and career development. 
In this infoevent you will be informed about the 2022 call, main rules and requirements. Particular emphasis will be placed on how institutions based in Switzerland can participate.
Date: November 01, 2022




From the 124 projects submitted in this last PRIMA 2021 Call, 17 projects have been selected for funding by SNSF (success rate of 13.7%).
We congratulate Dr Amandine Guérin, new laureate of the University of Geneva, who will conduct her research within the Faculty of Medicine in th Department of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine for her project entitled: "Characterization of the human parasite Cryptosporidium".


473 applications were submitted for the 15th AMBIZIONE 2021 call, of which the SNSF awarded 83 new grants (success rate of 17.5%).
The University of Geneva will welcome 18 laureates who will carry out their research in the Faculty of Medicine (7), Faculty of Science (6), Faculty of Humanities (3) and at the Geneva School of Social Sciences (2). Read about their projects below.

Congratulations to the new grantees!

Guy Ackermann

L'équipement de l'éducation et du sport en Grèce antique. Une étude de cas à partir de l'île de Délos

Pietro Benetti Genolini

Symmetry and the AdS/CFT correspondence

Lena Berchtold

Novel tools to improve kidney allograft selection

Lucie Bréchet

Improvement of Autobiographical Memory In Mild Cognitive Impairment using transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) guided by high-density EEG and MRI

Francesca Carocci

Tropical methods for moduli spaces of maps & new techniques in DT theory

Aurélien Lathuilière

Probing the heterogeneity of pathological tau species in neurodegenerative disorders

Dmitry Lebedev

Magneto-opto-electronics of novel 2D magnetic semiconductors

Philipp Lutz

Connecting countries and dividing people: The politics of burden-sharing in European migration governance

Lucas Müller

Avalanches: Making and Exporting Swiss Snow Science, 1867-1994

Caterina Pello

Presocratic Philosophers on Life and Death: Ancient Origins of a Modern Debate

Laure Pittet

Harnessing the beneficial non-specific effects of early measles vaccination in children

Nicolas Roehri

Network Analysis to Predict Eligibility for Epilepsy Surgery

Alberto Roper Pol

Exploring the early universe with gravitational waves and primordial magnetic fields

Corrado Sandini

Towards an ecological characterization of affective and sleep co-morbidities in ADHD, through temporal network analysis

André Sant’Anna

From Perception to Memory: Naïve Realism and the Nature of Episodic Memory

Julia Venturini

Planet Formation in Binaries: linking theory and observations

Mirjam Weilenmann

Advantages of adaptive methods for quantum information and quantum foundations

Alexander Yermanos

Immune repentance: forgiving the original antigenic sins of B and T cells


Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships

Four UNIGE projects have been selected by the SNSF within the framework of the call ‘Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021’:
- Dr Johannes Motruk Emergence and detection of strongly correlated topological phases in moiré materials, under the supervision of Prof Dmitry Abanin – Department of Theoretical Physics (Faculty of Science)
- Dr Peter Macharia ICON: Impacts of Climatic and environmental changes on accessibility to emergency Obstetric and Neonatal care in sub-Saharan Africa, under the supervision of Prof Nicolas Ray – Institute of Global Health (Faculy of Medicine)
- Dr Nesli Ece Sen Intracellular glucose sensing in growth, under the supervision of Prof Robbie Loewith – Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (Fac Science)
- Dr Guido Roberts-Borsani Let There Be Light: Determining the Physics of the First Galaxies and Pinpointing Cosmic Dawn, under the supervision of Prof Pascal Oesch – Department of Astronomy (Faculy of Science)




For all SNSF submissions, we remind you that an ORCID is mandatory.
Create your page at https://orcid.org/ - the library offers the following training

Quantum Transitional Call (transitional measure Horizon Europe)

SNSF has launched a new transitional measure “Quantum Transitional Call” for researchers in Switzerland who are excluded from quantum topics of the Horizon Europe call “Digital and emerging technologies for competitiveness and fit for the green deal”. The call is aimed at researchers in Switzerland who are affected by the exclusion from participation in the above mentioned call’s quantum-related topics.
Submission deadline: 2 November 2022


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


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


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.
24th call until 5 December 2022

Project funding

Project funding: Make your ideas reality with the SNSF!
Submission deadline: April 1, 2023


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




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)
Submission deadline: November 1st, 2022

Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships (transitional measure Horizon Europe)

Research fellowships in all scientific domains (with free choice of topic) for 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. They are addressed to researchers who obtained their doctoral degree no more than 8 years before the submission deadline (some exceptions apply).
Submission deadline: December 1st, 2022


MD-PhD programme: Support for the scientific further education of MDs
Submission deadline: December 15, 2022

Swiss Professorial Fellowships

PRIMA and Eccellenza become SNSF Professorial Fellowships
This new instrument is aimed at outstanding researchers who are on their way to becoming professors. SNSF Professorial Fellowship holders will be able to conduct their own research project with their own team at assistant professor level for five years.
Moreover, up to 14 projects by women will receive additional funding from the budget of the former PRIMA instrument.
Submission deadline: February 1st, 2023 – tbc





Interreg Europe is an interregional cooperation programme, co-funded by the European Union, designed to reduce disparities in the levels of development, growth and quality of life in and across Europe’s regions.
Swiss partners participate in the Interreg programmes with full rights and can benefit from Swiss federal, cantonal or regional co-financing. Several calls are currently open in the new programming period 2021-2027:
For the Interreg “Alpine space” programme, submissions for small scale projects are open until December 16, 2022.
Submissions for (large) classic projects will open in Spring 2023.
For the Interreg “France-Switzerland” programme, final submissions close on October 28, 2022.
For the Interreg-ESPON programme, the first calls are expected this autumn.


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 - 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: November 16, 2022
Topic Preview 2022

HE - Digital - Cluster 3

Cluster 3, “Civil Security”, supports the implementation of EU policy priorities relating to security, including cybersecurity, infrastructure protection and disaster risk reduction. At this moment, different  calls are open : - Fighting crime and terrorism (23.11.2022) ; - Resilient Infrastructure (23.11.2022) ; - Border Management (23.11.2022) ;  - Desaster-Resilient Society (23.11.2022);  - Support to Security Research and Innovation (23.11.2022); -  Increased Cybersecurity (16.11.2022).


Through co-funding of new or existing doctoral and postdoctoral programmes, the MSCA COFUND action promotes sustainable training and international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility. COFUND spreads the MSCA’s best practices by promoting high standards, excellent working conditions, training and career development.
Submission deadline: February 9, 2023

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.
Next submission deadlines: February 16, 2023 (Call opening dates October 27/28, 2022; November 2, 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 8, 2023

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Research and Grants office



Professor and Vice-Rector Brigitte Galliot
Director ad-interim Research and Grants Office

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

Dr Caroline Chausson,
Head National and regional support

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