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sitem-insel Support Funds (SISF)

2019: First call of sitem-insel Support Funds (SISF)

The Swiss lnstitute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine (sitem-insel AG, hereinafter referred to as sitem-insel) intends to establish, operate and develop a national center of translational medicine and entrepreneurship in Bern. Sitem-insel is a strategic initiative aimed at strengthening Bern's position as a center of medicine in the form of a public-private partnership. The University of Bern and the lnselspital are important partners of sitem-insel AG. In its capacity as shareholder, the University of Bern supports sitem-insel with seed money and project funding.

The group of institutions using sitem-insel should be extended beyond the scope of the lnsel clinics thanks to direct support provided in the form of the Teaching & Research credit. This applies in particular to Preclinical Medicine, other medical units, Dental Medicine (School of Dental Medicine, ZMK), the University Psychiatric Services (UPD), Veterinary Medicine (Vetsuisse Faculty), units of the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Human Sciences and the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences.

To that end and within the framework of the provisions of these regulations, translational projects and the use of infrastructure, equipment and services should be co-financed in sitem-insel. This funding is called "sitem-insel Support Funds" (SISF).

As a rule, the SISF contribution is used to help purchase services in sitem-insel. The SISF contribution used to cover staff costs may only account for a small percentage.

Application form

Launch of call: 30 January 2019

Please complete the application form and send it as one PDF document by e-mail to the Vice-Rectorate Research.

The application may be completed in German or English.

Deadline for submission of application: Sunday, 31 March 2019

Next call will be in the first half-year 2020 (April - June 2020).

Framework conditions for SISF

  • Goal: the sitem-insel Support Funds (SISF) were established for the purpose of extending the group of users in sitem-insel within the University of Bern. To that end, the University of Bern provides a limited amount of funding which should support the recipients in their efforts to develop activities and launch projects in sitem-insel. Through the SISF, the University of Bern offers financial support for implementing translational projects as well as the use of infrastructure and equipment of sitem-insel and services of sitem-insel units. (Regulations, Art. 1)
  • Principles: the program is structured as a matching fund (co-financing). The applicants' own finances must account for at least 40% of the total project costs. (Art. 2)
  • Scope and duration of financing: the Executive Board of the University of Bern is making a total of 4 million francs available for a limited period from 2019 to 2022 for SISF contributions to be funded from the operational regular funds (Grundmittel). The maximum amount per application is 150,000 francs for a project duration of 12 months and a maximum of 300,000 for a maximum project duration of 24 months. (Art. 3)
  • The application is submitted by one person (= applicant). All professors employed at the University of Bern, incl. assistant professors and lecturers (Dozent) (with an employment level of at least 50%), are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed at the University of Bern for the duration of the project. (Art. 4)
  • Proof of own funding: the applicant has the means necessary to cover their own funding (operational regular funds (Grundmittel) or third party funding). (Art. 4.4)
  • Use of funding: the funding from the SISF contribution can be used for staff costs, services, material expenses and administration. The administrative share may not exceed 5% of the total project costs. (Art. 5) As a rule, the SISF contribution is used to help purchase services in sitem-insel. The SISF contribution used to cover staff costs may only account for a small percentage.
  • The basic prerequisite for approving an application is the feasibility of the project in sitem-insel. (Art. 8.1) A letter of support from sitem-insel on the feasibility of the project must be enclosed with the application.
  • In addition to the feasibility of the project in sitem-insel, the applications are assessed according to the following criteria: scientific quality and relevance for the goals of the SISF; innovativiness of the project; contribution to the Strategy of the University of Bern (in particular on the five main topics, p. 18f.). (Art. 8)
  • There is no legal entitlement to receive an SISF contribution. No legal avenues are open to anyone wanting to appeal against rejected applications. (Art. 2)

Additional comments (6.3.2019):

  • Eligibility to apply: Persons with the function of "leitender Arzt" are also regarded as "Dozent" and are entitled to apply if they are employed by the University (not by the Inselspital) and if they have the rights and duties of a "Dozent".
  • Associate professors are entitled to apply, if they are employed be the University (as "Dozent" or "leitender Arzt") but not by the Inselspital.
  • Staff costs ("Personalkosten") incurred within the scope of sitem-insel's service are calculated as "Sachmittel" in Swiss francs (application form 1.1). Staff costs (budgeted with PP, i.e. "Personalpunkte") are understood as other staff costs outside the services of sitem-insel (e.g. additional employment in their own institute). However, these staff costs may only account for a small proportion of the budget.

Full terms and conditions can be found in the regulations.

This website was translated from the German version. In case of any discrepancy between the German and this English version, the German print version shall prevail.