Research support

This section of the website is dedicated to Research Support and provides USI researchers with:

  • Information on all open calls for research projects and information events;
  • Specific information on each funding programme for PhD students, postdocs and experienced researchers;
  • Support for the preparation of applications;
  • Support and advice to write a Data Management Plan;
  • Research project administration;
  • Technology transfer activities.

This information and support is provided by the Research and Transfer Service of USI (Università della Svizzera italiana), whose mission is to support USI researchers in their scientific activities.

The service hosts the regional Euresearch office, a non-profit organisation funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) which promotes and facilitates the participation of researchers, organisations and companies in European R&I projects and programmes.

Research USI in facts and figures


Focus of the week:

SNSF Ambizione

SNSF Submission deadline: 1 November, 2023

USI Internal deadline: 15 September, 2023

Ambizione grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution. These four-year grants are awarded by the SNSF to researchers who fulfil the following criteria:

  • At least 12 months of postdoctoral research activity at a different institution from that of the doctoral thesis;
  • Maximum 4 years from the doctorate;
  • Excellent academic track record, especially in terms of publications, and firm ambitions to pursue an academic career.

    Please contact Martina Pestoni for any further information.


SNSF Consolidator Grants 2023

Consolidator Grants are aimed at highly qualified researchers who wish to consolidate their scientific independence and who want to conduct ground-breaking and ambitious research in Switzerland.

Eligibility criteria

The Call is open to researchers of any nationality who intend to conduct their research in Switzerland.
Applicants with a PhD or MD-PhD awarded >7 and ≤12 years at the time of submission are eligible. 
They have shown research independence and contributions to science without the participation of their PhD supervisor.
Proposals must be of a ground-breaking and ambitious nature.


Submission deadline: 16 October, 2023
internal deadline for external candidates and internal candidates w/o a professorial position: 16 August, 2023


ERC Synergy Grants

Deadline: 8 November, 2023
ERC Synergy Grants fund ground-breaking frontier research projects across all fields of science. This highly competitive programme supports interdisciplinary projects bringing together different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems.


ERC SyG support teams of 2 to 4 Principal Investigators (PI) to jointly address ambitious research problems that could not be tackled individually. Up to 1 PI can be from a third country: researchers based in Switzerland are therefore eligible to apply with funding by the European Commission.

Funding and duration

Synergy Grants can be up to a maximum of € 10 million for a period of 6 years.
They cover up to 100% of the total eligible direct costs of the research plus a contribution of 25% of the total eligible costs towards indirect costs.