Last Updated

30 Jan 2020

BRIDGE Request for Proposals: Basic research and Science-based innovation

BRIDGE is a joint programme conducted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Innosuisse - the Swiss Innovation Agency. It offers new funding opportunities at the intersection of basic research and science-based innovation, thereby supplementing the funding activities of the two organisations. BRIDGE consists of two funding opportunities:

1. For young researchers: Proof of Concept

  • The funding scheme “BRIDGE Proof of Concept” fosters the further development of scientific results to evaluate market or societal potential. It supports researchers wishing to develop an application for their research results on their way to entrepreneurship or to implement their research results with an economic or societal partner.
  • Calls for BRIDGE Proof of Concept proposals are announced periodically. Up to 4 calls may be announced per year.
  • BRIDGE Proof of Concept projects may cover any type of innovation or research field.
  • Open to applicants from all disciplines but must fit into any of the following two categories: a. bachelor’s or master’s degree (within 4 years after the last degree); the degree must be recognized by the host institution; b. doctoral candidates not earlier than 6 months before obtaining their doctoral degree and applicants with a doctoral degree not later than 4 years after obtaining it, where the decisive date is the date of the thesis defence.

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Proposals deadline March 9, 2020.


    2. For experienced researchers: Discovery

    • Under the funding opportunity "BRIDGE Discovery", grants are awarded to qualified researchers who intend to conduct a research and innovation project with the clear goal of developing a future technological application or service.
    • BRIDGE Discovery supports interactions between basic and applied research to realise the innovation potential of scientific results. Cooperation between universities, the Swiss federal institutes of technology, research institutes, and universities of applied sciences (UAS) will be considered a positive feature in the evaluation process (Article 11b).
    • BRIDGE Discovery projects must focus on technological innovation that has a positive impact on society or the economy.
    • Calls for BRIDGE Discovery proposals are announced annually.
    • Applications may be submitted by faculty members or teaching and research staff employed at an occupancy rate of at least 50% at a research institution such as a Swiss university, a Federal institute of technology, a university of applied sciences or any other research institution, and must be in a position to carry out research projects under their own responsibility and to lead scientific and non-scientific project staff.

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    Letter of intent deadline February 24, 2020.