SNSF Consolidator Grants
Consolidate your scientific independence in Switzerland.
Due to Switzerland’s current status as a non-associated third country in the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, the federal government has mandated the SNSF to launch the funding scheme SNSF Consolidator Grants 2023. The scheme is intended for researchers who wanted to apply for an ERC Consolidator Grant with the aim of conducting research in Switzerland and consolidating their scientific independence.
The scheme is open to all fields of research; researchers of any nationality may apply.
Applicants can request a budget of up to CHF 1.75 million for a maximum of 5 years. Additional funding of up to CHF 870,000 may be requested for specific costs.
Important: Applicants whose projects were rejected in the first or second stage of evaluation for the SNSF Consolidator Grants 2022 can submit an application in the call for proposals for the SNSF Consolidator Grants 2023. However, previously submitted and evaluated proposals will not be regarded as re-submissions but as new applications.
You are eligible for this call if:
- You have a PhD or equivalent degree awarded >7 and ≤12 years ago at the time of submission.
- The doctorate/PhD/equivalent qualification must have been awarded between 1 January 2011 and 16 October 2016.
- You have shown research independence and made contributions to science without the involvement of your PhD supervisor.
These benchmarks should be complemented by at least one of the following indicators:
- Several important peer-reviewed publications in a responsible role that have made an impact in your research field(s).
- Major research monographs (for research fields where monographs are the norm).
- A substantial record of invited presentations at well-established international conferences, organisation of international conferences, granted patents, outreach activities, general contributions to science, other artefacts with documented use.
Please consider the following important points when preparing and submitting a proposal:
Important: Please create your CV in the new format on the SNSF Portal in good time. For your first login, you will need a SWITCH-edu ID and an ORCID ID, which may take a few days to obtain.
A scientific Steering Committee, set up by the Presiding Board of the National Research Council, supervises the evaluation and funding activities related to the SNSF Consolidator Grants call. It also ensures application of the SNSF’s best practices and compliance regarding conflicts of interest. The Committee is composed of the President of the National Research Council and representatives of all research areas (social sciences and humanities; biology and medicine; mathematics, natural sciences and engineering) as well as members of the Specialised Committee Careers. The evaluation of the submitted proposals is based on the principle of competition. In each discipline, applications will be evaluated by a dedicated panel in a single-stage procedure.
The applications are assessed and rated based on expert reviews and interviews and ranked comparatively to the other proposals.
Guidelines and regulations
The general provisions of the SNSF apply to the SNSF Consolidator Grants call 2023:
Ethics and integrity:
Research activities and methods that have ethical implications or may raise questions requiring sound ethical assessment must be declared in mySNF. Hence, please take note of the Swiss laws and ethical standards. Furthermore, the rules of scientific integrity must be respected.
When precisely does the eligibility window for participation in the CoG2023 call start and when does it close?
The doctorate/PhD/equivalent qualification must have been awarded between 1 January 2011 and 16 October 2016.
Any requests for an extension of the eligibility window (beyond the maximum; due to maternity/paternity leave, clinical training or other career break) should be explained and adequately documented in the CV.
Is it possible to extend the eligibility period in special circumstances?
The time window for submission of an SNSF Consolidator Grant proposal can be extended if the applicant has suffered a delay due to one of the reasons stated in Clause 1.11 of the General implementation regulations for the Funding Regulations (PDF).
What is the difference between the academic age and the net academic age?
The academic age indicates how much time has passed since the doctorate. It is relevant for calculating the time window in accordance with the personal requirements (see Call document). On the other hand, the net academic age (calculated automatically in the new CV format) indicates how much time you have been able to spend doing research since your doctorate; it is taken into account in the evaluation. Hence the net academic age cannot be used to calculate the eligibility window. The reasons for exceptions to the time window stated in Clause 1.11 of the General implementation regulations for the Funding Regulations (PDF) do not cover all of the deductions that can be claimed in terms of the net academic age (see SNSF_net-academic-age.pdf (PDF)). In addition, proof is required for the deductions that can be claimed in order to extend the eligibility time window (exceptions: maternity (18 months) and paternity (actual duration)). If the PhD/doctorate/equivalent qualification was obtained seven years ago, the eligibility criteria are met even if the net academic age is less than seven years.
Can researchers who submitted an application for an SNSF Consolidator Grant 2022 apply again this year for an SNSF Consolidator Grant 2023?
Applicants whose project was rejected at the first or second evaluation stage for SNSF Consolidator Grants 2022 can apply for an SNSF Consolidator Grants 2023. Previously submitted and evaluated proposals, however, will not be regarded as resubmissions but as new applications.
When are the earliest and latest dates a project can be started?
The earliest possible start date is 1 August 2024. The project start date can be postponed by up to 12 months after receipt of the decision.
Can I transfer my entire grant to a new research institution in Switzerland?
If you want to transfer your grant to another institution, including the funds covering your salary, contact the SNSF explaining the reasons for the move as well as its added value for your project. A written request submitted by the grantee should include the following documents: Like the initial research institution, the new research institution must provide confirmation letters. The original research institution submits a written statement on the change. The SNSF evaluates the request by taking into account the project’s feasibility in the new institution.
What happens if I obtain a professorship and my salary is covered by the SNSF Consolidator Grant?
You must inform the SNSF accordingly. If the professorship is in Switzerland, you may generally continue to use the project funds. Any surplus from your salary must be refunded to the SNSF.
What happens to my SNSF Consolidator Grant if I am appointed to a higher education institution abroad?
Applications to transfer project funds from an SNSF Consolidator Grant to move abroad (see also https://www.snf.ch/en/cwEW5KbgFWs6YNmW/funding/supplementary-measures/money-follows-researcher ) are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Salary components of the grantee are not remitted abroad. As a rule, such applications can only be submitted to the SNSF two years after the start of the grant.
If I am awarded an SNSF Consolidator Grant, will I still be able to apply for other SNSF grants?
Yes, holders of an SNSF CoG 2023 can submit proposals under other SNSF funding schemes (such as project funding), as long as the proposals address different topics and have different aims and methodologies.
How many parallel SNSF projects may applicants hold?
Researchers can now hold up to three grants from project funding for the same funding period when at least one of these grants is a Lead Agency/Weave, International Co-Investigator Scheme or European consortium project. The topics addressed by the individual projects must clearly differ from one another. Be aware that the SNSF transitional measures grants are not considered as part of project funding.
Are the family allowances paid by the employer included in the maximum amount of the SNSF Consolidator Grants instrument?
If you, as an employee, are entitled to family allowances paid by your employer that were granted before you submitted your application, the family allowances are not included in the maximum amount of CHF 1.75 million. Family allowances can be added to this cap.
If you become a parent during the evaluation or in the course of the grant, the SNSF will, upon written request, settle the negative balance at the end of the grant that arose due to the payment of the family allowance.