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University of Basel

National Grants

Project advancement through the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Basic research projects

The project advancement of open basic research is intended for any researchers working in Switzerland. The grants directly cover research costs such as staff salaries (except for the salaries of the applicants), materials/equipment, travel and – beginning on July 1, 2014 – the production costs for books published digitally and via Open Access. Submission dates are April 1 and October 1.

Interdisciplinary projects

Interdisciplinary project advancement is geared towards researchers working in Switzerland and provides aid to research projects with an interdisciplinary focus. Submission dates are April 1 and October 1.

Project advancement through CTI

The Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) funds projects in applied research and development between universities and companies. The grant covers the university’s project costs. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Program advancement through the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)


The Sinergia program is intended for established researchers and offers them a platform for interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary or monodisciplinary projects arising through the initiative and collaboration of research groups. The submission deadline is January 15, 2015.

National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR)

The NCCRs are intended for established researchers in Switzerland who would like to undertake long-term research projects in areas of strategic importance. Each of the respective NCCRs is managed at a higher education institution or other prominent research institution. An NCCR must be supported by one or more home institutions.

National Research Programs (NRP)

NRPs are intended for researchers in Switzerland who want to conduct research in areas of national importance. The topics for the specific programs are selected by the Federal Council.

SUK programs


SystemsX.ch supports various types of projects in the field of systems biology. Postdoc and PhD fellowships are awarded in addition to project advancement for established researchers (RTD projects).


Nanotera supports various types of projects in the field of nanotechnology that differ in terms of focus, scope, financial structure and time frame.



The R’Equip instrument of the Swiss National Fund grants funding for the acquisition and development of major research equipment. In most cases, a maximum of 50% of the acquisition costs are covered, and the maximum amount is CHF 1 million.

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