Ambizione: Funding scheme through SNSF aiming young researchers. Call for proposals

With Ambizione, Ambizione-PROSPER, Ambizione-SCORE (hereinafter Ambizione), the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) would like to promote junior researchers in all disciplines. This funding scheme is aimed at young researchers who would like to conduct, manage and lead an independently planned project at a Swiss university.

Ambizione is aimed at qualified researchers from Switzerland who are spending a stay abroad or have returned after a stay abroad, e.g. within a fellowship for advanced researchers. Moreover, Ambizione would like to attract the best, next-generation foreign talents to carry out research work in Switzerland.

Researchers will be subsidised for a maximum of three years with a salary (research associate level) and research funds. Research funds may also be used to employ support personnel. Candidates with sufficient experience may apply for the appointment of a PhD student under specific conditions if good reasons can be given.

The approval of applications is always dependent on the agreement of the host institute. A prerequisite for submitting an application to Ambizione is a confirmation from the host institute, giving the applicant adequate support in covering expenses (e.g. material, equipment, personnel, travel, etc.).

Conditions of participation

    • Doctorate
    • At the time of the submission deadline: Application submitted generally up to 5 years after doctorate
    • At the time of the submission deadline (for medical scientists): At least three years of postgraduate clinical/practical activity (qualification as specialist an advantage). Application submitted generally up to 9 years after the state examination
    • High-level publications
    • At the time of the submission deadline: after conferal of doctorate, research activities of at least 12 months at a university other than where the candidate obtained the doctorate

Evaluation procedure

The evaluation procedure is organised in two phases. In the first phase, the National Research Council of the SNSF makes an initial selection based on the documents submitted. In the second phase, candidates are invited to an interview to present their research project and career plan. The target figure for the proportion of female candidates is 35 %. Each year, 40 – 50 grants are awarded.

Call for applications and submission

All application documents should be submitted electronically via the web platform mySNF. Submissions will only be accepted in response to a specific call. Applications received outside the application period will be processed during the next application period.

Next call for applications: 14 November 2013
Next submission deadline: 14 February 2014
Start of the grant: 1 September 2014 at the earliest; 1 September 2015 at the latest

mySNF: To meet the submission deadline a mySNF user account must be requested two weeks before the submission deadline at the latest.

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Reference Link: Ambizione Website