Initiator Grants

Funding for the preparation of an application for third-party funding post PhD

Requirements A planned application to a reputable funding agency for individual or project funding that can be realized at the University of Bern and is submitted in the applicant's own name (or a mobility grant).
Eligibility Researchers with a doctorate completed up to a maximum of 5 years before the submission deadline (exceptions in the case of family commitments, interruptions in research activity or if the main application for career funding specifies other requirements). During the duration of the Initiator Grant, employment and/or a job at the University of Bern must be available.
Funding amount
Max. CHF 30'000 per application, consisting of max. CHF 20'000 each for own personal funds and/or further project funds. A total of at least CHF 250,000 is available per call.
Salary costs for own employment, relief measures, material resources, field and travel expenses.

22 February 2023

There is one annual submission deadline.

The "UniBE Initiator Grants" support early career researchers at the University of Bern in the preparation of third-party funding applications post PhD. These applications can be either for support of the researcher themselves (individual funding) or for support of their own projects (project funding).

In the annual application round, a total of at least CHF 250,000 is available. Applications can
be made for CHF 20,000 each for own personal funding and for other project funding (see the regulations, article 2). However, the maximum amount of an application may not exceed CHF 30,000.

The evaluation of proposals submitted for a UniBE Initiator Grant is carried out by the Research Commission of the University of Bern. Information about the success or failure of the application will be communicated by the Vice-Rectorate Research (usually until the beginning
of May).

The following information must be strictly followed for an application. For questions, please contact Andrea Bshary at the Vice-Rectorate Research.