KZS Fund 2023 Call: Seed Grants for junior researchers

Research and Transfer Service

Submission deadline: 1 May 2023

Submission deadline: 1 May, 2023

The SAMS (swiss academies of art and sciences) has supported research projects in biomedical ethics – namely clinical and public health ethics – since 2006, with resources from the Käthe Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund. The 2023 call for proposals is either thematically open, and primarily addressed to junior researchers.


For the 2023 KZS Fund call for proposals, a total of 250.000 CHF.– is available. Per Seed Grant, up to CHF 80’000 can be awarded for a maximum period of 18 months

Use of grants

  • Projects must be in the planning stage;
  • The grant money can be used to finance the costs of a small, independent pilot project;
  • The grant money can be used to generate preliminary data for a proposal to be submitted to a larger funding agency;


Applications meeting the formal requirements will be evaluated in a two-step procedure by the KZS Committee of the SAMS: written applications are first evaluated based on the evaluation criteria defined in the KZS Fund Regulations ( in attachment) and the expected added value of the grant for the candidate’s next career step.
Selected applicants are then invited to present their project proposal during an interview with the KZS Committee.

Submission and deadline: 1 May 2023

Applications, written in German, French or English, must be registered online

Presentation & interview: 31 October 2023 (by invitation, for preselected candidates only)
Earliest start of the grant: 1 December 2023
Latest start of the grant: 1 June 2024
Grants must start at the beginning of a month.

For more info: [email protected] or visit the KZS Fund dedicated page.