Research at the University of Bern is supported by specific internal funding instruments. In particular, support is given to early-stage researchers, collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, innovation and entrepreneurship, and access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities.
These funding schemes reflect the mission and objectives of the University of Bern's "Strategy 2030" to promote internationally competitive academic careers and to strengthen collaborations in basic and applied research.
Up to CHF 30,000 for early career researchers post PhD to prepare an application for third-party funding.
Up to CHF 5,000 for networking activities (e.g., seminars, conferences, workshops, internet platforms, peer mentoring, continuing education measures) organized by mid-level faculty from doctoral level.
Funds to hire a support person to take over tasks so that early-career researchers from postdoc level who have care responsibilities can temporarily reduce their workload.
Funds for PhD students who are not funded by the SNSF to undertake a 6-12 month research stay at a university or research institution abroad.
UniBE Short Travel Grants for (Post)Docs
Up to CHF 8,000 for PhD students and Postdocs (Early Postdocs, Advanced Postdocs and Senior Research Assistants) to undertake a 2-8 week research stay abroad.
Seal of Excellence Fund (SELF)
Co-funding for the 6-24 month appointment of excellent researchers whose Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship application with the University of Bern was not funded.
Collaboration / Interdisciplinarity
Interdisciplinary Grants (ID Grants)
Up to CHF 150,000 for the preparation of a project application to a national or international funding agency. It must be an interdisciplinary and cross-faculty project located at the University of Bern or Inselspital.
Up to CHF 10,000 to cover costs arising from the preparation of Horizon Europe collaborative project applications in which the University of Bern plays a substantial role (equivalent to coordination).
Infrastructure / Facilities
sitem-insel Support Funds (SISF)
Up to CHF 300,000 in co-financing for translational projects wishing to use specific sitem-insel research platforms (infrastructures, equipment or services).
Investment Fund for Cost-Intensive Equipment for Research
Co-financing for the acquisition of equipment worth more than CHF 500,000 to be used for research purposes.