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:

PoC- FSM, Novartis, Gebert Rüf and Hasler Foundations

ETH Zurich, FSM - 2023 Call for Proposal

The Swiss Research Foundation for Electricity and Mobile Communication (FSM) supports innovative research on EMF-technologies and associated electromagnetic fields focusing on impacts on health, society, and environment. FSM will award a total amount of CHF 100,000 for research projects.

Novartis Foundation for Medical-Biological Research

Novartis Foundation accepts applications for funding over one year up to a maximum amount of CHF 80’000.00 for Research Project Grants (A); Fellowship Abroad Grants (B); Young Investigator Grants (C).

Gebert Rüf Foundation - Innobooster

«InnoBooster» aims at speeding up innovative, science-based deep tech businesses which have already entered the Venture Kick process and promise high market potential. Up to CHF 150,000 for a maximum of 1.5 years can be granted to top talents and funding need for accelerated market entry.

Gebert Rüf Foundation - Scientainment

«Scientainment» promotes innovative model projects. Personnel costs, meeting fees, travel expenses, and the purchase of fixed materials are not eligible for funding. The call for proposals is open until the budgeted funds are exhausted. The duration is end of 2024, at the latest.

Hasler Foundation

For financing or co-financing with CHF 50K of stand-alone small projects in the field of ICT which lay the groundwork for more extensive undertakings for which finance could be requested from other institutions (e.g. SNSF or Innosuisse).

Funding from Innosuisse

Innovation projects
For science-based innovation projects carried out by research institutions with or without implementation partner (particularly SMEs) in all subject areas.
Innosuisse covers the research partner’s salary and some small research costs, while the company provides at least the same amount of funding.
Innosuisse funds innovation projects proposed by researchers who have not yet found a company to implement the results. In particular it supports highly innovative yet risky projects.

Deadline: 28 June, 2023, Bilateral Agreement with Brazil
The innovation promotion agency of Brazil with the support of Apex-Brasil and the Swiss Innovation Agency - Innosuisse announce the 3rd edition of the TechMakers Brazil-Switzerland joint call to fund science-based innovation projects between Switzerland and Brazil.

Deadline: 26 July, 2023, Bilateral Agreement with UK
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation and the Swiss Innovation Agency (Innosuisse) are announcing a bilateral call for joint R&D project outlines.The purpose of this call is to encourage collaboration between UK and Swiss businesses in order to drive innovation and support their growth.


swissuniversities - Open Access Call for Projects: Open Action Lines for 2023

Submission deadline: 31st May, 2023

Swissuniversities has launched a new series of Calls for Projects within the framework of the Open Access (OA) Program.

The Open Science Program of swissuniversities welcomes applications focusing on the following action lines:

  1. Participation to international initiatives
  2. Alternative forms of publication
  3. Research assessment
  4. Setting up of shared services & e-infrastructures


SNSF - Sinergia

Sinergia promotes interdisciplinary collaboration between two to four research groups whose project involves breakthrough research, distinguished by a high potential for shifting or invalidating paradigms.
Sinergia projects may last from one to four years. A maximum amount of CHF 3.2 million may be requested.
If there are 3 or more applicants, one applicant can be based abroad if their expertise is essential.
After this call of Spring 2023, the SNSF will integrate the Sinergia programme into project funging along with its budget.