The Fund for the Promotion of Early Career Researchers aims to provide unbureaucratic and expeditious funding for innovative activities of intermediate staff faculty members - from the doctoral level upwards - at the University of Bern. Independence, qualification and personal profile of early career researchers are to be promoted and the realization of future-oriented ideas facilitated.

The regulations adopted by the University Board of Directors form the basis for the evaluation of the submitted applications. The following criteria regarding form and content are also relevant:

  • clear thematic focus
  • transparent budget
  • money from the fund must be a significant portion of total project budget
  • high-quality networking as the main goal
  • qualification gain for the applicant
  • personal contributions must be present and clearly identified, although generally they will not be funded
  • as a rule, no contribution to publication costs (except for printing materials for the event)
  • no financial support to individuals (e.g., congress participation, individual research projects)
  • recurring events cannot be supported more than once
  • events, which take place before the relevant deadline for funding applications, will not be supported

The assessment of the applications is carried out by a committee of members of the intermediate staff on behalf of the Commission for the Promotion of Early Career Researchers of the University of Bern.

The operational credit of the respective institute is increased by the funded amount. The financial framework conditions of the institute credit apply. Project funds may only be used for gifts and meals that go beyond the catering during breaks (e.g. aperos) after prior consultation with the Institute.