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Research Grants & Applications

Travel Grants

Travel Grants are a funding instrument of the NCCR Evolving Language and are intended to financially support NCCR researchers to attend a scientific event. 

Eligibility
Applications are open to anyone at least partially employed by an NCCR-funded project. In order to be eligible for a travel grant, NCCR researchers have to make a peer-reviewed contribution to a scientific event (oral presentation or poster presentation).
Conditions
NCCR researchers can apply for grants of CHF 500 (travel within Europe) or grants of CHF 1’000 (travel outside Europe). In addition, the following conditions apply:
  • The NCCR Office awards a maximum of one grant per researcher and calendar year.
  • NCCR researchers are obliged to state their affiliation with the NCCR.
  • Applications can only be submitted for events taking place in the current calendar year.
  • NCCR researchers are obliged to travel economy and / or second class. Within Europe, applicants are encouraged to travel by train if their destination can be reached within one working day.
  • Travel grants can only be used to cover (1) travel costs, (2) accommodation costs, and (3) conference fees (including fees for conference dinners).
Application procedure
Applications have to be submitted prior to the event to the NCCR Office via grants@evolvinglanguage.ch and have to include the following documents:
  • Form “Application for Travel Grant”
  • Detailed cost overview
  • Notification of acceptance of your contribution
  • Copy of the program booklet containing your abstract (including the NCCR affiliation)
Reimbursement procedure
Reimbursement claims have to be made no later than two months after an event by sending a cost overview with all original receipts by letter post to:
     NCCR Evolving Language
     Fabienne Fournichot
     Thurgauerstrasse 30/32
     8050 Zurich

SIG Applications

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are an instrument of the NCCR Evolving Language to foster interdisciplinary research and support innovative research ideas that complement existing research strands within the NCCR. Please note that SIGs are conceptual instruments intended to enable new collaborations and do not include any financial support.

Eligibility

SIG applications can be submitted by groups comprising NCCR members (as defined in the Rules of Procedure, Article 4.16, i.e. principal investigators, internal collaborators, and NCCR-employed researchers) from at least two different disciplines and possibly including further external collaborators.

Conditions

SIGs target research questions that are relevant to the NCCR agenda but are not yet covered by existing Projects and might evolve into full-fledged Work Packages in a subsequent NCCR phase. Once established, SIGs can apply for NCCR Innovation Grants.

Application procedure

SIG applications for 2021 have to be sent to  (the next submission deadline will announced in the next call for applications in autumn 2021). The application should consist of a brief research proposal (max. 2 pages) in a single PDF-file. The proposal should clearly state …

  • the focus of the proposed SIG.
  • its relevance to the NCCR Evolving Language and its novelty.
  • long-term perspectives and goals.

Once submitted, applications will be reviewed by the Steering Committee based on the following criteria:

  • Novelty and potential of the proposal
  • Interdisciplinarity of the planned research
  • Complementarity to existing research strands / projects within the NCCR

Applications that are not approved can be resubmitted in the following year.

Innovation Grants

Innovation Grants are a funding instrument of the NCCR Evolving Language that is supposed to finance the activities of Special Interest Groups (SIGs). 

Eligibility

Application is open to groups of two or more persons (1) who qualify as NCCR members (as defined in the Rules of Procedure, Article 4.16, i.e. principal investigators, internal collaborators, and NCCR-employed researchers) or have been granted Associate Investigator status, (2) are members of an SIG and (3) are from two different disciplines. 

Conditions

Innovation Grants are intended to fund the activities of SIGs with a maximum amount of CHF 50’000 for up to 12 months. The grant can be spent on any type of costs eligible according to the NCCR Budget Guidelines (Section 4). The NCCR Office will issue a call for proposals each spring.   

Application procedure

Grant applications have to be sent to  (the next submission deadline will announced in the next call for applications in autumn 2021). 

The application (max. length of 2 pages – excluding references) should consist of the following sections:

  1. Current state of research, including your own research
  2. Research plan and budget (including information on co-funding / why the planned research cannot be financed by other funding sources)
  3. Relevance and impact for the NCCR’s research agenda
  4. References

Once submitted, applications will be reviewed by the Steering Committee based on the following criteria:

  • Novelty and potential of the proposal
  • Interdisciplinarity of the planned research
  • Complementarity to existing research strands / projects within the NCCR

Applications that do not receive funding can be resubmitted in the following year.