Swiss universities receive basic financing from the federal and local government, yet, most research depends on third-party funding, which can be provided by public bodies or private organisations. Public third-party funds are allocated to specific projects and programmes and are granted in a competitive process by public authorities such as the SNSF and the EU. Private funds are raised by foundations or through contract research or services rendered to the private business sector.
Successful fundraising, especially from the public sector, is a good indicator for young researchers that they are working on a competitive and winning project. It proves academic independence and might prepare the path for bigger projects involving team leadership.
Junior researchers just about to complete their dissertation, or who have recently done so, will find relevant career funding opportunities offered by the SNSF, the EU and the University of St.Gallen (see links under DOWNLOADS on your right hand side: “Career” and “Funding Finder”). Before submitting an application, you should carefully consider your objectives. For some it might be useful to plan a longer-term relocation; for others, to stay at your home institution, or to combine short visits at different institutions.
Be aware that generally, certain funding instruments are not available on a regular basis; the process itself may also take several months. It is thus a good idea to start looking well in advance.
Whether you are experienced in submitting applications or not, we recommend to get in touch and seek advice regarding strategic matters and actual application from the relevant agencies or institutions.