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;
  • Research project administration and financial management;
  • Research and Service contracts administration and financial management;
  • 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 researchers of both institutions in their scientific activities.

The Research Support hosts the regional Euresearch office.

Research USI in facts and figures


Focus of the week:

SNSF - New scheme Eccellenza and ERC Starting Grant Calls

Submission deadline: 15 December 2021

Given Switzerland is currently a non-associated third country in the EU's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, the SNSF has been mandated by the SERI to offer an alternative call for proposals as part of its broader transitional measures in 2021-2022: the SNSF Starting Grant Call 2022.

The new scheme will merge the SNSF Eccellenza and ERC Starting Grant Calls: for these reason there will be no Eccellenza call 2022. Instead, interested researchers can apply for an SNSF Starting Grant.



Bridge - Proof of Concept

Submission deadline: 6 December 2021

BRIDGE Proof of Concept helps young researchers to apply their research results and gain the confidence needed to make a market entry. Projects may target innovations of all kinds from all research areas.


SNSF - Sinergia grants

Submission deadline: 1 December, 2021

Sinergia promotes interdisciplinary collaboration between two to four applicants whose project involves breakthrough research.

Funding is granted for 1 to 4 years with a budget between CHF 50’000 and CHF 3.2 million. A Sinergia consortium is formed of at least 2 to a maximum of 4 research groups.


Swiss participation to the next calls of the Horizon Europe program

On behalf of the Swiss government, the SNSF has introduced two transitional measures – the SNSF Advanced Grants and the SNSF postdoctoral fellowships, to compensate from the exclusion from these 2 calls at EU level.

Other transitional measures are currently being evaluated and will be communicated in due course.




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