SNSF NCCR call 2024

Research and Transfer Service

Submission deadline: 1 December 2023

Submission deadline: 1 December, 2023 ( internal deadline)

With the National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCRs), the SNSF promotes long-term research projects of the highest quality on topics of strategic importance for Switzerland for up to 12 years. The NCCRs form networks and thus contribute to sustainable priorities and structures in the Swiss higher education landscape.
The call is thematically open and aimed at all disciplines.
The SNSF evaluates the NCCR proposals and recommends a selection to the SERI for funding. The SERI assesses the proposals based on research and higher education policy. The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research decides which NCCRs to fund.

Eligibility
NCCRs are aimed at established researchers in Switzerland who wish to pursue a long-term research project on a topic of strategic importance. 
NCCRs proposals must be backed by one or more home institution. 
NCCR (Co-)Directors need to have a permanent professor position at their home institution. However, people without tenure can be integrated as PI of a subproject in an NCCR submitted by another researcher.

Funding and duration

NCCRs may run for up to 12 years, divided into 4-year-phases. Funding is determined by parliament. In the last NCCR series, the SNSF committed up to CHF 20M for each 4-year phase. This time, preference will be given to NCCRs with a smaller budget, consortia and a shorter duration. NCCRs may run for up to 12 years, divided into 4-year-phases. Funding is determined by parliament. In the last NCCR series, the SNSF committed up to CHF 20M for each 4-year phase. This time, preference will be given to NCCRs with a smaller budget, consortia and a shorter duration.
NCCRs must receive co-funding from higher education institutions and third parties.

Timeline of the call

  • Launch of the call: November 2024
  • Deadline: 1 December, 2023 (internal deadline)
  • Letters of intent: February 2024
  • Pre-proposal: April 2024
  • Full proposal: 1st quarter 2025
  • Start of research activities: 1st quarter 2026

Further information

SNSF Dedicated website

Internal procedure and contact

Please submit your research topic, scientific partnerships, approximate budget and the support requested from USI to [email protected] by 1 December 2023 for review by the Prorectorate for Research.