Your first step towards scientific independence!
Ambizione grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution. The scheme supports young researchers both from Switzerland and abroad. Scientists holding non-professorial academic positions at higher education institutions are also eligible to submit an application.
An Ambizione grant covers the grantee's salary and the funds needed to carry out the project. An Ambizione project grant, however, comprises only project funds. The grants are awarded for a maximum of four years.
The main participation requirements are listed below. Please consult the Ambizione Regulations to determine your formal eligibility.
The precise periods are calculated on the basis of the relevant submission deadline (1 November 2021)
- Applicants must hold a Doctorate (PhD) or have completed their medical studies (Staatsexamen or equivalent exam).
- Applications may be submitted no later than four years after completing the doctorate (PhD). The date of the examination, respectively the defence of the doctoral thesis is the relevant date.
- Applicants who have completed their medical exam and have done clinical work for at least three years after completing their studies (specialist certification by the FMH is an advantage) may submit an application no later than 9 years after completion of the medical exam.
- Research activities of at least 12 months after the doctorate (PhD), respectively after the medical licence.
Submission of proposals
Applications must be submitted via the mySNF platform. The mySNF platform will be opened for submission three months before the respective application deadline.
The evaluation procedure for Ambizione grants comprises two stages.
Forms, regulations and guidelines
Members of the evaluation bodies
The list contains the names of the members of evaluation bodies. For the SNSF, interaction between applicants and members of evaluation bodies over applications is not compatible with academic best practices.
Where can I find the information needed to create a proposal?
Regulations, guidelines and other important information can be found under "Documents".
Is it possible to extend the eligibility period in special circumstances?
The time window for submission of an Ambizione 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.
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 calculation of the time window in accordance with the personal requirements (see Article 5 of the Ambizione Regulations). On the other hand, the net academic age indicates how much time you have been able to spend doing research since your doctorate; it is taken into account in the evaluation.
What can I enter in the forms to declare mobility and to calculate the net academic age?
Please refer to the guidelines and the instructions in the relevant forms. In the mobility statement, you should give reasons for your choice of research institution and set out your completed and planned mobility. In the form used to calculate the net academic age, you should indicate how much time you have been able to spend doing research since your doctorate.
My Ambizione grant is still ongoing. Can I apply for an SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship or a PRIMA grant?
Ambizione grantees can apply for an SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship or a PRIMA grant 18 months after starting their Ambizione grant at the earliest.
How many times can I apply?
Applicants whose request for an Ambizione grant was rejected may submit one further application.
Are any exceptions possible for Ambizione regarding the 12-month period abroad as a postdoctoral researcher after the dissertation?
No exceptions can be granted. This requirement needs to be met by the submission deadline, with the date of the exam or thesis defence being the relevant date.
Can I submit an Ambizione proposal in parallel with an SNSF project?
You cannot submit an Ambizione proposal if you have an SNSF project under evaluation. If you have an approved or ongoing SNSF project, you cannot submit an Ambizione proposal for the same funding period.
Since 2017, Ambizione has also been open to young researchers holding non-professorial academic positions that offer career prospects. They can therefore apply for Ambizione grants with or without a salary. The aim of the redesigned scheme is to generate direct competition for research funds between all young researchers at the same stage in their careers, regardless of whether they already hold a position.