September 2019

NEWSLETTER - Research Services



SNSF visit

On November 26th, the SNSF will meet researchers at the University of Geneva.
The event is composed of oral presentations (on Project Funding and Mobility instruments) and meeting points with experts of the following topics :

- Project funding
- Careers
- International cooperation & interdisciplinarity
- Programmes
- Open Access and Open Research Data
- Bridge
- Equal opportunities
- Innosuisse

November 26th 2019 - 9.00am - 12.00 am
Uni Dufour

No registration. Everybody is welcome to take part.

Research Professional

Researchers 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.

Programme of online training sessions include:

Funding opportunities
Conducting simple search
Conducting advanced search
Saving searches
Creating email alerts
Bookmarking funding opportunities

Registration for Online training sessions:
24.09.2019 - 11:15
26.09.2019 - 16:00
01.10.2019 - 16:00
03.10.2019 - 12:15



Online Consultation for next Framework Programme “Horizon Europe”

The European Commission has opened a public online consultation on the future orientations of Horizon Europe, the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027). The responses to the consultation will feed into Horizon Europe’ Strategic Plan, which the EC wants to further co-design with stakeholders and citizens at the R&I days. The deadline for responding to the online consultation has been extended until 4th October 2019.
Access to online consultation

Results of Digital Europe Survey

The “Digital Europe Programme” is a new initiative of the European Commission to improve digital capacities in High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Advanced Digital Skills, and Deployment and Interoperability. In order to assess the level of interest of Swiss research and innovation actors in a participation of Switzerland to the DEP, the SERI has launched a large consultation in February 2019. The survey revealed the overall strong interest of the Swiss R&I community to the DEP topics and challenges. The SERI report is available now.
SERI Report “Results of DEP Survey” (July 2019)

Ethical framework for research on Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The High-Level Expert Group on AI (AI HLEG) published on 8 April the Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI that provides an assessment list that operationalises the key requirements and offers guidance to implement them in practice.
UNIGE researchers involved in research projects related to AI are advised to refer to these guidelines for the ethical evaluation of their project.
Please note that this assessment list (guidelines) now undergoes a piloting process: from 26 June 2019 until 1 December 2019, you have the possibility to join the pilot phase and provide feedbacks on the implementation of the assessment list. Further information available here.

More infos

Newsletter FNS
Newsletter SEFRI
Newsletter Euresearch


Personalized workshops for writing your own DMP - organised by the DIS.

Have you completed the training "How to fill the SNSF DMP?" and do you now want to write your Data Management Plan to submit it along your SNSF application?
Advanced workshop where you’ll be able to devise your DMP in presence of Library and DiSTIC specialists, and ask them any specific questions you might have.

September 26th 2019, 2 - 4 pm
Uni Dufour, room 365 (in front of office 314) (Fr/En)

Prerequisit: Previous participation to the "Workshop on the SNSF DMP" or good knowledge of DMPs.
There won’t be any theoretical presentation during this workshop, only individual work (yours) and assistance provided by specialists. Times are given as an indication: you may join us as briefly as you wish, based on your needs.

The dates for the new workshops "How to fill the SNSF DMP?" are open.
These workshops are intended for anyone wishing to submit a request to the SNSF and who must therefore complete a Data Management Plan (DMP).

H2020 - Funding Opportunities to Foster Smart Mobility

An information and networking event for all the community active in Smart Mobility, from academia and industry. Funding opportunities in low-carbon and sustainable transport, safe integrated and resilient transport systems, digital transport and cybersecurity, as well as the issue of future regulations and the relation to society will be discussed in an interactive way.

1st October, 2019, 10.00 am - 4.30pm
Informations and registration

YARETA - organised by DiSTIC

A new digital tool to archive and share your research data (2nd edition)

In service since last June, Yareta enables from now on researchers from all Geneva’s Higher Education Institutions to archive and preserve their research data in the long term. In full compliance with the FAIR  principles that are required by Funding agencies regarding Data Repository, Yareta (powered by DLCM)  also provides researchers with the possibility to publish their research data through the attribution of a DOI (Digital Object Identifier,
This presentation will not only introduce you the main issues of long-term preservation, but also help you to get quickly familiar with this new service.
Talks will be in French, slides content in English.

Presentation and demonstration on the 9th of October, 12:00pm – 2.00pm

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Consolidator Grant for Excellence in Research – LAST CALL UNDER H2020

If you are looking for funding for yourself and your team for a 5 year cutting-edge fundamental research project in your domain and you carried out research for 7-12 years after the award of your PhD, ERC Consolidator Grants are your opportunity.
The call will open in October 2019 and the deadline will be in February 2020.

To help you write a competitive and convincing proposal for the ERC Consolidator Grant, we organise a Proposal Writing Event on 14 November 2019. You will hear about competitiveness criteria, evaluation criteria and success rates.

14 November 2019, 12.15am - 2.00pm
UniMail, room R160
Informations and registration

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Two new MSCA projects with UNIGE participation have been selected for European funding. The RISE scheme promotes international and inter-sector collaboration through Research and Innovation Staff Exchange, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market (and vice-versa).
Prof Anastasios Fragkos, Faculty of Science, Astronomy Department, ASTROSTAT-II,
Dr Christoph Bauer, Faculty of Science, Department of Genetics and Evolution, VIDEC.

Congratulations to the new grantees!


Three new ITN projects with UNIGE participation have been selected for European funding under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA). ITN (Innovative Training Networks) bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of researchers.
Dr Nicolas Bonnet / Prof Serge Livio Ferrari, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, FIDELIO.
Prof Jérôme Lacour, Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Science, HEL4CHIROLED.
Prof Sébastien Castelltort, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, S2S-Future.

Congratulations to the new grantees!

Marie Heim-Vögtlin Prize

Professor Anne Verhamme wins the 2019 Marie Heim-Vögtlin prize to honor scientific career for women.
Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, Anne Verhamme was able to demonstrate that green pea galaxies emit large quantities of ionising photons. Therefore it seems very likely that it was galaxies that triggered the reionisation of the universe more than 13 billion years ago.
Anne Verhamme was able to conduct her research at the University of Geneva funded by a Marie Heim-Vögtlin grant from the SNSF. In 2018, she was awarded an SNSF professorship and received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). She has three children.(SNSF website).

Congratulations to Anne Verhamme!

Results Ambizione 2018

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 Gaël Buldgen : Seismic inversions and modelling of transport processes in stars
Dr Javier del Valle Granda : Correlated oxides for Neuromorphic Computing
Dr Simon Flandin : Resilience-Oriented Training for Safety-concerned Organizations
Dr Dominik Gruber : The spectrum of infinite monster groups
Dr Merlin Kole : Understanding Gamma-Ray Bursts using Multi-Instrument and Multi-Parameter studies
Dr Pablo Marchant : Understanding the formation of the most massive stellar black holes
Dr Giacomo Mazza : Quantum Materials and Cavity QED
Dr Giovanni Merlo: The privileged present: from phenomenology to metaphysics
Dr Graziano Oldani : Immunosuppression-free transplantation of autologous livers grown in xenogeneic species
Dr Marti Perarnau Llobet : Quantum Thermodynamics: From foundations to applications
Dr Minerva Concepcion Rivas Velarde : Assessing the Impact of Video Remote Sign Language Interpreting in Healthcare: Linking Disability Studies with Empirical Challenges of Public Health Research
Dr Paolo Sachet : The Greek Imprint on Europe: Patristics and Publishing in the Early Swiss Reformation
Dr Josef Philipp Trein : The Politicization of E-Government. A Comparative Analysis across Policy Domains and Countries

Congratulations to the new grantees!


PRIMA grants are aimed at excellent women researchers who show a high potential for obtaining a professorship. PRIMA grantees conduct an independent research project with their own team at a Swiss research institution. The duration of the grant is five years

Dr Annalisa Cia: Interstellar one: one vision for the Interstellar Medium at all cosmic times
Dr Lucia Kleint: Understanding Solar and Stellar Flares with Machine Learning

Congratulations to the new grantees!



Last Calls “Horizon 2020”!

The last Work Programmes for Horizon 2020 are available now, including all strategic priorities, all research topics and all calls for proposals until the end of the programme (2020) in all scientific priorities.
Several important calls are open now or will open soon:
All Work Programmes (EC)
All open calls (Euresearch)
All expected calls (Euresearch)

SNSF - 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: 1 October 2019

International Co-Investigator Scheme

International Co-Investigator Scheme (ex:Money follows Cooperation Line) provides funding for cross-border projects.
Submission deadline: 1 October 2019

FNS - Lead Agency

The Lead Agency process is aimed at researchers in Switzerland who wish to conduct a cross-border research project. It simplifies the submission and evaluation of transnational applications.
Submission deadline: 1 October 2019

Southeast Asia - Europe Joint Funding Scheme

The SNSF is participating in the third multilateral call for proposals within the scope of the Southeast Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme.
Submission deadline: 18 October 2019


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: 1 November 2019


PRIMA grants are aimed at outstanding researchers who have great potential to become professors in their future career.
Submission deadline: 1 November 2019


Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials (IICT) 2019. For the fifth time, the SNSF is launching a call for targeted funding of investigator-initiated clinical studies that are outside the industry focus.
Submission deadline: 1 November 2019

ERA-NET BiodivERsA Joint Call 2019

The ERA-NET BiodivERsA has launched a transnational call for projects on the topic “Biodiversity and Climate Change”.
Submission deadline: 5 November 2019

ERC Synergy

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 research problems. Each project can be up to a maximum of € 10 million for a period of 6 years. Additional budget can be requested under specific circumstances.
Submission deadline : 5 November 2019 – last ERC Synergy call for H2020
Do not hesistate to contact Euresearch for more information and support.

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: 31 December 2019


Innovative Training Networks (ITN) support competitively selected joint research training and doctoral programmes, implemented by European partnerships of universities, research institutions and non-academic organisations.
Submission deadline: January 14, 2020 (TBC – the call for projects is due to open on October 12, 2019)

ERC Consolidator

ERC Consolidator Grants provide funding to top researchers (7 to 12 years after the PhD). The next call will open in October 2019 (expected date). For the Letter of Commitment of the Host Institution required for all ERC applications, please inform us one month before submission deadline at the latest.

Submission deadline (expected): February 2020 - last call for H2020
Contact Euresearch to obtain guidelines and support.
Watch out for the Applicant Training event that will be organised in November!

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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