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Pre-Proposals

What are the rules for the submission of NRP pre-proposals?

​The requirements set out in the call need to be met. In principle, the SNSF Funding Regulations, effective 1 January 2006, apply. The corresponding Implementation Regulations are currently being revised.

I already have a research project (division 1 – 3) that is being funded by the SNSF. Can I still submit a pre-proposal to NRP 74?

​Yes, because the submission of pre-proposals for the NRP falls under funding of programmes and not under project funding. The "one person - one grant" rule applies to project funding but not to research programmes.

How many pre-proposals can be submitted?

​Several pre-proposals can be submitted per applicant.

How many applicants can a pre-proposal have?


As a rule, a pre-proposal is submitted by one person. However, two or more applicants are eligible per application if needed to achieve the targets set for the proposed research.

If two or more applicants jointly submit a project for evaluation, each of them must meet the eligibility requirements for applicants. In addition, they must designate one person as the "corresponding applicant", who will legally represent all applicants vis-à-vis the SNSF and keep the project team informed.

Can single projects be submitted as joint projects?


Joint projects consist of a number of single projects that were devised at a single institute or university or at several, and they generally involve more than one scientific discipline. As a rule, evaluators will assess the joint project as a whole.

Evaluating joint projects is a challenging task, particularly if they are competing with a large number of single projects. Unless stated otherwise in the call conditions, we encourage applicants to submit only single projects for NRPs.

Proposals

When and how can applications be submitted.

​The submission procedure consists of two phases. Full proposals can only be submitted at the invitation of the Steering Committee after prior submission and approval of a pre-proposal. In cases where the same applicant submits two or more applications, the feasibility of the projects in the given time is also taken into account.

I already have a research project (division 1 – 3) that is being funded by the SNSF. Can I still submit a pre-proposal to NRP 74?

​Yes, because the submission of pre-proposals for the NRP falls under funding of programmes and not under project funding. The "one person - one grant" rule applies to project funding but not to research programmes.

Research Duration

Is there a minimum or a maximum research duration?

​A duration of two to four years is recommended. Research projects must not run for longer than 48 months.

Budget / Finances

Is there a maximum amount per pre-proposal/proposal?

​No, the amounts from CHF 300,000 to 400,000 are mentioned in the call as reference values. The actual budgets may be larger or smaller.

Applicants

Who is eligible to submit (pre-)proposals for NRP 74 as an applicant?

​Applicants must be natural persons who are engaged for at least 50% of their work-time as scientific researchers/teachers in Switzerland or who have very close links with Switzerland.

Persons from which institutions are eligible to submit an application?

​Scientists doing research work at higher education institutions and non-commercial research centres outside the higher education sector are eligible to submit applications.

Which institutions are regarded as non-commercial research centres outside the higher education sector?

​Non-commercial research centres outside the higher education sector are institutions or organisations whose purpose is to conduct research, whose owners or financial sponsors do not reap any pecuniary benefits from the research work and whose research work is at a comparable level and of similar quality to that conducted at higher education institutions.

What rules apply in general to commercial research centres?

​Persons from private, profit-oriented companies without a legally independent research division are not eligible as applicants. However, such persons may well be deemed eligible as project partners if they are collaborating with an applicant from a higher education institution.

Are persons at private higher education institutions eligible to submit applications?

​Persons at private higher education institutions are eligible to apply, provided their institution has the necessary accreditation. Private higher education institutions without accreditation are not eligible.

What conditions do persons from private, profit-oriented companies have to meet in order to be eligible as applicants?

​Persons from private, profit-oriented companies with a legally independent research facility are eligible as applicants, provided that their research freedom/independence, their publication rights and their exploitation rights are guaranteed.

Are persons at hospitals eligible to submit applications?


Publicly funded facilities in the hospital sector are regarded as non-commercial research centres outside the higher education sector and are therefore eligible to submit applications to the SNSF.

Persons at private hospitals may participate as project partners in cooperation with a higher education institution.

Are persons at private research agencies eligible to submit applications?

​Although such agencies are generally commercially oriented, they enjoy a special status if there is a purpose to conduct research. Persons at private research agencies are eligible to submit applications.

Are persons from non-profit organisations eligible to submit applications?

​Persons from NPOs are eligible to apply, provided their organisation is not commercially oriented and its purpose is research.

What is my role as an applicant?

​Each applicant carries responsibility for the overall project and must meet the eligibility requirements.

How many applicants can a pre-proposal have?


As a rule, a pre-proposal is submitted by one person. However, two or more applicants are eligible per application if needed to achieve the targets set for the proposed research.

If two or more applicants jointly submit a project for evaluation, each of them must meet the eligibility requirements for applicants. In addition, they must designate one person as the "corresponding applicant", who will legally represent all applicants vis-à-vis the SNSF and keep the project team informed.

Project Partners

What is my role as a project partner?

​Project partners make a partial contribution to the project without being responsible for it.