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University of Basel

Research Fund Junior Researchers

The University of Basel promotes the academic careers of outstanding junior researchers by awarding grants from the research fund.

The call for applications (in German) is aimed at junior researchers at the University of Basel who wish to pursue an academic career and who have already distinguished themselves through their outstanding achievements. Applicants can apply for up to CHF 80,000 in funding.

The University is striving to increase the number of women in the upper career echelons. Outstanding female scholars are strongly encouraged to apply.

Regulations and guidelines
Submission deadlines:

1 February and 1 September
(earliest possible start for funding: 1 June and 1 December, respecitvely)

As part of the call for applications for grants from the University of Basel research fund, contributions from the Novartis University of Basel Excellence Scholarship for Life Sciences, the Max Geldner Foundation, the Med. Division of the Lichtenstein Foundation, the L. and Th. La Roche Foundation as well as the Fund for Promoting Young Academic Talent (FFaN) awarded in addition to the funding of the University of Basel.

Who can apply for a grant?
  • Outstanding PhD students from the following faculties: theol., ius., phil.hist., rer.pol. as well as PhD candidates in social or organisational psychology who need financial help in completing their dissertations (own salary, max. 12 months).
  • Postdocs employed by the University of Basel, by one of the uiversity clinics Basel or an Associated Institute, who need (start-up/completion)funding for an independent, outstanding research project or who wish to establish their own research group at the University of Basel.
  • Assistant and senior physicians employed by the University Hospital Basel/University Children's Hospital Basel (or one of the university clinics Basel) who wish to carry out an independent clinical or biomedical research project in accordance with the conditions in the application guidelines and thereby wish to achieve academic independence.
What types of things are eligible for funding?
  • Personal salary
  • Funds for leave of absence (i.e. from clinical duties)
  • Salary for a staff member (i.e. study nurse, lab/technical assistant, etc.)
  • for Postdocs: consumables (costs for medical or lab materials, proofreading costs) to a limited extent
How to proceed

Please consult the application guidelines (eligibility, possibilities for funding) and read carefully the information sheet for application. The whole precedure is documented there. The most important steps are the following:

  • Grants Tool entry: timely request of a virtual infrastructure confirmation (until 15.01. or 15.08.) by your department as follows:
    • Login Grants Tool incl. budget calculator (basic project data, budget)
      • upon login create a new project and select "University of Basel Forschungsfonds" -> "Forschungsfonds (Excellent Junior Researcher)" and complete the entry and the budget; submission deadline = submission deadline of Research Fund, planned project start date = start date of the funding / planned project end date = end date of the funding.
    • Should you have difficulties with access to the Grants Tool please contact us with the required details (information sheet for application)
    • Upon receipt of the department's approval by e-mail you will be provided with a link to the application form
    • No futher steps required in the Grants Tool
  • Application form: Complete the data in the application form for "Research Fund Junior Researchers" (the form will be the cover sheet of your application). The form must be signed by the applicant.
  • Submission of your application: as a hardcopy (loose pages, single sided) together with all relevant documents and original signatures (information sheet  for application)

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