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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 online form “Application for NCCR Travel Grant” and have to include the following documents:
 
  • Detailed cost overview
  • Notification of acceptance of your contribution
  • Proof of NCCR affiliation (Program booklet, Poster, Presentation, etc. with at least the NCCR name or logo)
Reimbursement procedure
Reimbursement claims have to be made no later than two months after an event by using the NCCR reimbursement form.

Event Support

The NCCR Evolving Language supports the organization of scientific events (e.g. conferences, workshops, congresses, symposia) with a contribution of max. CHF 2’000. The topic of these events must be relevant to the research done within the NCCR.

Important information about the application process

  • Applications can be submitted by NCCR PIs and NCCR-funded research staff via online application form. Only duly completed forms will be processed.
  • Applications can be submitted throughout the year. During a calendar year one application is allowed per WP and event. 
  • Please note that the NCCR logo has to be included in all materials related to the event. 


Important information about the reimbursement process

  • Reimbursement requests must be submitted via this online form.
  • The NCCR Office refunds the credited amount retroactively.
    • UZH members make an internal rebooking. The instructions for this will be communicated to the applicants.
    • Members from other universities issue an invoice. The NCCR Office does not settle invoices from third-party service providers directly.
  • The reimbursement request must also include:
    • The confirmation of approval of your application
    • The final Program
    • A summary of costs that shows all income and expenses of the whole event. A template is available here.
    • A single PDF file that includes all receipts or invoices for the expenses reported in the summary of costs.

Bottom-Up EO measures

The NCCR is launching a call for bottom-up Equal Opportunity (EO) measures for EO activities proposed by NCCR members. This instrument is intended to support and finance EO activities proposed by NCCR members. In this way, the NCCR would like to offer the opportunity to its members to articulate their needs in the domain of EO and actively shape its EO program.

Please consult the NCCR budget guidelines for-eligible costs before submitting a proposal. We recommend you to opt for specific measures rather than a “package” of measures, as this reduces the likelihood of incurring non-eligible costs.

Conditions & Eligibility

Proposals can be submitted by all NCCR members (i.e. PIs, AIs, NCCR Researchers, and Internal Collaborators). The Steering Committee reserves the right to cut requested budgets depending on the total number of incoming applications. These amounts can be spent on any type of costs eligible according to the NCCR Budget Guidelines

Application procedure

Grant applications have to be uploaded below by November 30, 2023.

The application (max. length of 2 pages – excluding tables, illustrations, and references) does not need to adhere to any particular form. However, it should …

  1. clearly state the object and purpose of the proposed EO measures (e.g. why the relevant measures are necessary and how they complement existing instruments inside and outside of the NCCR).
  2. contain a project plan including (1) a budget, (2) a project implementation plan, and (3) a list of the people involved and their relevant tasks. 

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

  • Feasibility
  • Impact
  • Complementarity to existing measures

Application form

Max. file size: 64 MB.

Innovation Grants

Innovation Grants are a funding instrument of the NCCR Evolving Language that is supposed to finance innovative research projects by the members of the NCCR Evolving Language.

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 and (2) are from at least two different disciplines. 

Conditions

Innovation Grants are intended to fund research projects by the members of the NCCR Evolving Language in the range of CHF 50’000 for up to 12 months. Higher amounts, if requested, will need to be forcefully justified. The grant can be spent on any type of costs eligible according to the NCCR Budget Guidelines (Section 4)

Application procedure

We currently don’t have any calls for innovation grants.

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

We currently don’t have any calls for SIGs.