Quantum Transitional Call

Funding for researchers in Switzerland excluded from quantum topics of the Horizon Europe call “Digital and emerging technologies for competitiveness and fit for the green deal”.

Important note: the SNSF has newly added paragraph 3 under chapter 4.1 in the call document: Proposals that are evaluated in the Quantum transitional call may not be submitted in parallel to any other SNSF funding scheme.

Due to Switzerland’s status as a non-associated third country in Horizon Europe, the federal government has mandated the SNSF to launch the Quantum Transitional Call funding scheme. It is aimed at scientists in Switzerland who are excluded from quantum topics of the Horizon Europe call “Digital and emerging technologies for competitiveness and fit for the green deal”.

Researchers affiliated to a higher education research center in Switzerland who wish to conduct research in the following quantum fields can submit an application to the SNSF’s Quantum Transitional Call:

  • Quantum software ecosystem for quantum computing platforms
  • Developing quantum computers
  • Developing quantum simulation platform technologies
  • Quantum communication
  • Quantum sensing technologies based on effects such as entanglement and superposition

In addition, projects on quantum materials are welcome if they are key to one of the technologies mentioned above.

The applicants must carry out their work independently, under their own responsibility and with objectives they have set for themselves.

  • Participation requirements

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    Eligibility requirements

    Applicants to the Quantum Transitional Call must meet the following requirements:

    If you wish to submit an application together with one or more other scientists or project partners, please consult the following section:

  • How to

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    • mySNF account:

    To submit your project to the SNSF, you will need to have an account for the electronic platform mySNFExternal Link Icon.

    We strongly recommend that you create a user account at least one month before the submission deadline so that you can enter the necessary information and documents in good time.

    Uploading the application:

    When preparing and submitting your application, please take into account the following points:

  • Evaluation procedure

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    The Quantum transitional call grant proposals are evaluated by the Quantum transitional call grant Evaluation Panel, consisting of national and international experts from the disciplines concerned.

    The members of this panel will be appointed by the following Steering Committee:



    Area of expertise

    Senior researcher at IBM Research Current president of Division II of the SNSF Research Council

    Nanoscale electronics with applications in thermal transport,thermoelectricity, tribology, molecular electronics and nanomechanics

    Professor at EPFL Current president of the Specialised Committee International Cooperation of the SNSF Research Council

    Materials science and engineering of semiconductor nanostructures

    Professor at ETHZ Director of NCCR QSIT (Quantum Science and Technology) Former RC member

    Electronic properties of novel semiconductor nanostructures controlling material down to the atomic scale, improving the understanding of the quantum properties of electrons in nanostructures.

    Professor at Forschungszentrum Jülich Chairman of the HE Quantum Flagship's Quantum Community Network

    Investigating fundamental quantum processes with the goal of reducing error rates and thus improving the computational accuracy of quantum computers - for all qubit types.

    Further information can be found in the call document:

  • Guidelines and regulations

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    Legal framework:

    The general rules of the SNSF apply to the Quantum Transitional Call:

    Transitional measures of the SNSF:

  • Funded projects

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    In response to the Quantum Transitional Call 2022, 22 proposals were received. 16 Projects involving more than 30 main and co-applicants will be supported with a total of 24 million Swiss francs. This includes 15% for overhead costs.

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