SNSF Changes to the Implementation Regulations and Support Services

Research and Transfer Service

8 April 2022

The SNSF is amending various provisions in the General implementation regulations for the Funding Regulations, effective date 1 July 2022. The provisions apply to all funding schemes. This will, among other things, create more flexibility for researchers. In the transition period until 1 July 2022, we will accept budgets according to both the old and new regulations.


A. Changes to the Implementation Regulations:

  • The salaries of the project partners' employees can now also be charged to the grant. As with grantees’ employees, a 'request of employment' message needs to be submitted. Services provided by project partners and mandated third parties (subcontracting) must generally not exceed 20% of the grant. (Clause 2.10)
  • For travel, conferences and workshops, grantees can claim travel and care costs for accompanying children. (Clause 2.9, 2.17)
  • The maximum chargeable costs for material of enduring value and equipment are now set at 100.000 CHF. Co-funding by the institution is not required. (Clause 2.8)
  • The SNSF is discontinuing the two additional programmes “Protected research time for clinicians” and “Grants for exemption from teaching duties” as of 2025. Both offers involve structural problems in clinical research and in humanities and social sciences teaching, which the SNSF is unable to solve in the long term. To allow time for the institutions affected to make the appropriate arrangements, both programmes will run until the end of 2024. (Clause 2.20, 2.23)

The following principles apply during the transition period:

  • During the transition period until 1 July 2022, SNSF will accept budgets under the old and new regulations.
  • The SNSF will only apply the new regulations to pending applications and grants if this will not disadvantage researchers.
  • The rights granted to grant recipients at the time of the award decision remain valid even if they are no longer based on the new regulations.
  • When submitting your application, you should always follow the specific guidelines for your chosen funding instrument by consulting the links and help texts published on mySNF.


B. Adaptation of e-mail address for support tools

New support e-mail addresses have been introduced in divisions 1 to 3:

The divX addresses will continue to exist and will be redirected to the new addresses (aliasing), as they are well known in the research community and have been used for many years.