Funding Opportunities

The Center for Climate Impact and Action (CLIMACT) is a joint center between the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Lausanne (UNIL) designed to foster interdisciplinary and interinstitutional research and implementation activities that address the social, scientific, and technological challenges associated with climate change and a sustainable future. Projects funded through the CLIMACT Starting Grant should be aimed at proposing to societal stakeholders novel and systemic approaches to deal with current issues in society and technology, associating researchers from both UNIL and EPFL.

Amount of funding per project: max. 50'000 CHF.
Submission deadline: 6 March 2023 (17:00 CET).

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The Interdisciplinary Centre for Mountain Research (CIRM) is a pilot project of the University of Lausanne for a period of 8 years (2018-2026). It aims to reinforce knowledge on the specific issues of mountain regions (climate change, economic vulnerability, regional planning, for example) by addressing them through different methodological approaches supported by both the natural sciences or the human and social sciences, as well as health sciences. It achieves these objectives by supporting interdisciplinary research projects, conducting thematic syntheses and organizing scientific events. To encourage the start-up of new interdisciplinary projects, the CIRM is offering funds (seed-funding).

Amount of funding per project: 15'000-20'000 CHF.
Submission deadline: 7 February 2023.

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The Geosciences Open Science Ecosystem (GEO OSE) program seeks to support sustainable and networked open science activities to foster an ecosystem of inclusive access to data, physical collections, software, advanced computing, and other resources toward advancing research and education in the geosciences. The purpose of this support is to broadly enable geoscientists to leverage expanding information resources and computing capabilities to address interdisciplinary grand challenge research questions at the forefront of the geosciences.

Submission deadline: 16 March 2023.

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The Mount Everest Foundation funds expeditions that:

  • Take place in mountain regions.
  • Have exploration (the acquisition of new knowledge) as their main purpose.
  • Normally have the majority of its members from the UK or New Zealand.

Expeditions that plan geographical exploration of mountain regions, ascents of previously unclimbed peaks, or major new routes on high or remote mountains, are most likely to qualify. Expeditions to little-explored or formerly inaccessible areas are particularly encouraged.

Submission deadline: 31 January 2023 for expeditions setting out between 01 April - 01 December.

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The International Joint Initiative for Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation call aims to further the design and implementation of co-produced adaptation and mitigation strategies for vulnerable groups—those groups currently most impacted by the effects of climate change, owing to both physical vulnerability (heightened exposure to events related to climate change and/or poor infrastructure) and socioeconomic vulnerability (limited resources to prepare or respond to the impacts of climate change, including knowledge, technology or financial resources, or owing to conflict, security and fragility).

Submission deadline for notice of intent to apply: May 2023.

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Doc.CH is aimed at promising researchers who wish to write a doctoral thesis on a topic of their own choice in the humanities and social sciences in Switzerland. Part of the doctoral thesis may be conducted at a host institution abroad if a corresponding request giving reasons is submitted. Besides the salary of the doctoral student, the grant may include a contribution towards costs directly related to project implementation.

Submission deadline: 15 March 2023.

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CliC grants aim at increasing the engagement of Early Career Scientists in Climate and Cryosphere (CliC). The project strives for gender balance and geographical diversity so submissions from regions currently under represented in CliC, such as Asia and Africa, are particularly encouraged. CliC grants are up to a maximum of 10 000 Swiss Francs (CHF). Co-funding with other sources will be an advantage.

Submission deadline: 1 March 2023 (23:59 UTC).

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The Early-Career Grant of the University of St. Gallen's Leading House for the Latin American Region specifically targets emerging researchers (PostDocs and PhD students). It allows for the integration of the next generation of scientists in international collaboration, helps to build new networks through personal contacts and mutual trust, and makes partnerships more sustainable. Early-Career Grants offer a possibility to encourage Swiss researchers to boost their studies with a stay and fieldwork in Latin America without having to be a part of a team or academic group. The grant allows for up to three months of research stay, and a maximum of CHF 7'000, including flights, can be awarded.

Submission deadline: 31 January 2023.

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The SNSF and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) launch their second call for proposals for the Solution-oriented Research for Development (SOR4D) programme.

The SOR4D programme invites researchers and development actors from policy and practice to collaborate in transnational and transdisciplinary consortia and provide new insights and innovative approaches to reduce poverty and to implement the 2030 Agenda in developing countries. The SOR4D programme is open to all disciplines from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, health and life sciences. 

A total budget of CHF 19 million is available for the SOR4D programme. The research phase will last three years, followed by an additional year for pilot testing and scaling out of initiatives to accelerate transformation. Projects will be selected in a two-stage process. See full call document.

Submission deadline pre-proposals: 13 February 2023 at 17:00h (Swiss local time) via the mySNF platform. 

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The National Geographic Society offers grant opportunities at various entry points to provide a dynamic pathway to join their community and engage. 

Whether you are an aspiring Explorer or already a luminary in the field, each opportunity has unique criteria and benefits to ensure that our Explorers receive support and funding aligned to their specific needs and goals. Each year, a small number of grants are awarded to individuals who are just beginning their National Geographic journey, as well as those who are working on more advanced projects. We fund individuals working on projects in science, conservation, storytelling, education, and technology that align with one or more of our focus areas: Ocean, Land, Wildlife, Human History and Culture, Human Ingenuity. 

And we don’t just support their incredible work. We actively seek to help them network, connect, and learn with National Geographic and each other, empower them with cutting-edge tools, technology, and training, and further their impact and recognition through our storytelling.

Deadline Level I and Level II Grant proposal submissions:  12 April 2023 (11:59 p.m. EDT).

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Leading House (LH) Africa, in conjunction with the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), are calling for applications for the PhD Graduate Programme from organizers of Seasonal Schools in Swiss Institutions of Higher Education. The goal of this instrument is to promote research cooperation between Swiss and African PhD students of Higher Education Institutions in Seasonal School.

Total Budget Available: CHF 224,000
Grant per Seasonal School: Maximum CHF 60,000

Submission Deadline: 28 February 2023

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IACS offer funding to support attendance at IACS General and Scientific Assemblies, and also co-sponsor cryosphere-related workshops, educational, or other events. 

There are three deadlines per year on 1 February, 1 June and 1 October.

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