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Grants Office Newsletter March 2024

Dear Researchers of the University of Basel,

In this issue, we tell you why we can finally use the ERC logo in our newsletter again, inform you about past and present events and as always highlight the most important upcoming Calls for proposals.

For those wanting to know more about the upcoming opportunities for EU projects, the events section is for you. In addition to subject specific information events, you can find out more about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) funding schemes that are open to any area of research.

In February representatives from Innosuisse and Bridge, visited Basel to inform about the funding schemes from their organizations. If you missed the event but would like to learn more about these schemes, please see our report below.

The Grants Office Team

Eve Silfverberg, Gillianne Bowman, Caroline Peneff, Luca Wacker & Julia Wyss

ERC Advanced Grants - News from Horizon Europe

After a break of almost three years, we can finally use the ERC logo in our newsletter again. Following positive discussions on a political level, a transitional arrangement has been agreed with Brussels, allowing researchers from Switzerland to apply for an ERC Advanced Grant this year. The Call is due to open in May with a deadline on the 29th August. It was very nice to see the ERC communicating that they are looking forward to welcoming Swiss applicants again. Full Swiss participation in most Horizon Europe Calls in 2025, including all ERC and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Calls is also foreseen but this is dependent on further positive developments on the political side. We continue to watch with interest and will keep you up to date.

Final R'Equip Call - Deadline 2nd May

(c) Mohamed Hassan, Pixabay license

The R'Equip scheme from the SNSF helps co-finance the acquisition and development of large-scale apparatus. The grants generally cover 50% of the costs for equipment valued between CHF 100’000 and CHF 1 Mio. An important aspect of a proposal is shared access and added value for research. As this scheme will be discontinued as of 2025, this is the last chance to apply. On the administrative side, applicants require a commitment letter, confirming the co-financing. This needs to be signed by the Vice President for Research and Chief Financial Officer. Please contact the Grants Office for a template of the commitment letter and organization of the relevant signatures. Requests for signatures should be announced at least two weeks before the deadline.

Innovation Event - "Taking the first step"

Prabitha Urwyler from Innosuisse

From scientific discoveries to groundbreaking innovations that create a positive impact on society, 60 participants curious to see the opportunities available to finance their innovation projects took part in this event at the beginning of February.

Invited speakers and guests discussed all matters related to innovation, from project funding to finalizing tech transfer thanks to Unitectra. It was a pleasure to hear about the training organized by the Innovation Office, the funding opportunities from Innosuisse and BRIDGE, as well as the university support services.

Two researchers gave inspiring presentations on how they have been using these opportunities to push their research forward, bringing concrete improvement for applications in their fields. A lively discussion ensued after the presentations, where researchers and speakers could discuss projects around a coffee and a snack.

If you missed the event but are interested by one of the instruments, please contact us.

Clinical Research Day 2024

As every year, we took part in the Clinical Research Day, presenting the Grants Office, next to the sciCORE booth and the Data Stewards from the Data Management Network. Between coffee and intense discussions around the poster sessions, researchers came to us to find out about funding opportunities and other services the Grants Office can provide.


More successes!

The Grants Office would like to congratulate:

  • Jirí Cerný and Jannis Epting for their WEAVE projects
  • Andreas Kuhlmann for his QuantERA project
  • Günther Fink for his Transforming Health and Care Systems grant
  • Innosuisse projects: Nicolas Gerig, Matthias Wymann, Ferda Canbaz, Heiko Schuldt, Stefan Stübinger, Gregor Hutter, Richard Warburton, Dennis Gillingham
  • EURAMET projects: Philipp Treutlein, Stefan Willitsch, Martino Poggio
  • Leading House: Valentina Basoli, Arka Banerjee, Stéphanie Musy
  • Horizon Europe Collaborative projects: Matthias Schwenkglenks EPIC, Valentina Basoli Phoenix OoC, Anne-Katrin Pröbstel ID-DarkMatter-NCD, Ivan Martin ENCANTO
  • Julie Bernath for her Stanley Thomas Johnson funded grant
  • Sabina De Geest for her Velux Foundation funded grant
  • Karen Dixon for the funding from the Novartis Foundation for biomedical research
  • Claudio Giachino for the Swiss Cancer League funded grant
  • Gili Rosenberg and Irene Pallucchi for their EMBO Fellowships
  • Carlos Eduardo de Bento Flores for his HFSP Fellowship
  • Christoph Müller for his Fellowship from the Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Stiftung


Health Q&A sessions Calls 2024

The Health National Contact Points at Euresearch Network Office answer your questions and share their experiences with reviewing proposals for Horizon Europe Health Calls.

2 April, 14.00-15.00, online

Register here.

MSCA Events

The event series will inform about the MSCA Doctoral Networks, COFUND or individual post-doctoral fellowships. You will also learn how Swiss institutions can participate.

More information and registration to the online events:


MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships, 14 May

MSCA Doctoral Networks, 11 June

EU Mission Days

The event aims to inform potential applicants about the new topics included in the EU Missions work programme 2024.

25-26 April, online

Event website. 


Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials

The IICT programme is targeted at researchers who wish to conduct an investigator initiated clinical trial. support will be given to trials that are of value to the patients and address important unmet medical and societal needs but are not in industry focus. 

Deadline for letter of intent: 27 May

Call Website.

Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) Calls 6 & 7

IHI Call 6 is a two-stage call with topics on treatment persistency in chronic diseases and development of guidance on the use of real-world data and evidence.

Submission deadline for short proposals: 16 April

IHI Call 7 is a single-stage call with topics on heart disease management, the sustainability of the hospital workforce, and biomarker validation.

Deadline for full proposals: 22 May

Propelling Grant

Funding opportunity to help Unibas researchers turn their discoveries into a start-up.

Submission deadline 2 April

Call Website.

COST Actions

European Cooperation in Science and Technology programme to enable breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts and products.

Submission deadline: 19 April

Call Document.

Amazon +10 Initiative

Multidisciplinary scientific expeditions focusing on a better understanding of the nature-society interactions for the sustainable and inclusive development of the Legal Amazon.

Submission deadline: 29 April

Call Website.

Eureka call on applied quantum technologies

R&D projects on topics such as quantum computing, quantum simulation and stack levels, quantum communication and cyber security and quantum sensing and metrology.

Submission deadline: 9 May

Call Website.

European Media and Information Fund

3 Calls for Proposals on the priority areas Investigations into Disinformation Dynamics; Research for a Transparent and Resilient Information Ecosystem; Media and Information Literacy for Societal Resilience. For partnerships or consortia located in the EU, EFTA and UK.

Submission deadline: 29 April

Call Website.

UK-Swiss Bilateral Call for Innovation

Joint proposals for the research and development of innovative products, for but not limited to the following technologies: Life Science, AI, Semiconductor applications, Quantum.

Submission deadline: 1st May

Call Website.

Switzerland-Korea Call 2024

Participants from Switzerland and South Korea are invited to submit joint project proposals for R&D of innovative products and applications with a strong market potential in Switzerland and South Korea.

Submission deadline: 24 May

Call Website.

Building a healthy future together - Cell and Gene Therapy Towards Clinical Practice

Switzerland and the Netherlands bilateral call that aims to promote knowledge sharing and allows for rapid technological advances in gene and cell therapy and new approaches in stakeholder engagement.

Information webinar: Friday 22 March, 12.00-13.00

Deadline for project outline: 5 June

Submission of full proposal: 25 September

Call Website.

2024 Consolidation Grants Call

The Leading House Asia offers grants up to 50'000 CHF for strenghtening existing collaborations.

Application deadline: 15 June

Call Website.

Check out Research Professional for more national and international Calls.

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