ETH Zurich Research Grants in Switzerland, 2017-2018

Applications are invited for ETH Zurich Research Grants for international applicants in Switzerland. Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this programme.

ETH Zurich Research Grants are intended to promote highly creative and original research at ETH Zurich that may result in fundamental new knowledge or technologies.

ETH Zurich promotes world-class research that may result in fundamental new knowledge or technologies via a competitive internal Research Grant Program.

Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Course Level: Grants are available for pursuing research programme.

Study Subject: ETH Zurich promotes world-class research that may result in fundamental new knowledge or technologies via a competitive internal Research Grant Program. In the focus of the ETH Grants, funding programme is innovative projects in all fields of science and engineering represented at ETH Zurich, typically involving a single ETH Zurich Principal Investigator (PI) and supporting a single doctoral student. However, larger interdisciplinary proposals involving several ETH Zurich groups are also eligible for consideration.

Scholarship Award: The typical ETH Grant will comprise one Ph.D. student with funding for the salary and for material costs. Requests for more than one doctoral student per Principal Investigator need to be well justified. Post-doctoral research positions will be funded only exceptionally. The maximum funding level for a project requesting support for a single ETH Zurich research group is CHF 500’000 over 3 years. Funding for interdisciplinary endeavors involving two or more ETH research groups is limited to a maximum of CHF 1’500’000 per project.

Scholarship can be taken in the Switzerland

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for these Grants

  • A grant application may be submitted by a PI and, where appropriate, one or more co-applicants. The PI of a grant application must be an ETH Zurich employee with at least an earned doctorate
    • or equivalent qualification and at least a 50 % ETH Zurich position, which must be guaranteed for the intended duration of the project. Assistant professors, whose employment formally ends before the planned duration of the project, may submit an application under specific conditions and must contact the Office of Research in advance of the submission.
    • The formal doctoral supervisor (“Leiter / Leiterin der Doktorarbeit”) must either be the PI or a co-applicant or s/he must submit a letter of support confirming that s/he will take formal responsibility for the doctoral student. The formal doctoral supervisor must also have a guaranteed ETH Zurich position for the duration of the proposed project.
    • In general, the co-applicants will also be ETH Zurich employees. External co-applicants can be considered if the project involves a substantial collaboration with a non-ETH Zurich group. However, external co-applicants cannot receive funding from the ETH Grants program
    • PIs are, in general, required to hold at least one other substantial, peer-reviewed, active external grant (e.g., from the SNSF or EU). Exceptions to this rule are ETH researchers who hold a career-development grant or fellowship (e.g., recipients of “SNF-Förderungsprofessuren”). Non-tenured professors who have just arrived at ETH Zurich are also exempt from the rule in their first year, but it is expected that they submit a substantial grant to an external funding agency in parallel to the internal submission.Submissions from Research Assistants (“Kategorie Postdoktorandinnen und Postdoktoranden” and “Kategorie Oberassistentinnen und Oberassistenten”) may be accepted, even if they do not hold another external grant, but the request must be justified and employment must be guaranteed for the planned duration of the project.

    Who May Not Submit an Application?

    • Researchers who do not have at least a 50% ETH Zurich position at the Research Assistant or higher level, doctoral students, prospective doctoral students, and employees who do not have guaranteed ETH Zurich positions for the entire duration of the proposed projects (e.g., professors who are about to retire) are not eligible to apply for ETH Grants. Separate rules apply to joint professors (e.g., with the UZH).
    • A single PI must not submit more than one proposal per call. In case a PI holds active ETH Grants, each additional application in subsequent calls will be evaluated more stringently according to the review criteria.

    Nationality: Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this programme.

    College Admission Requirement

    Entrance Requirements: The PI of a grant application must be an ETH Zurich employee with at least an earned doctorate or equivalent qualification and at least a 50 % ETH Zurich position, which must be guaranteed for the intended duration of the project

    English language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

    Research Scholarships

    How to Apply: The mode of application is online. Applications must be submitted electronically in pdf-format using the dedicated on-line system. Applicants must use the provided templates and follow the naming conventions for the individual documents.

    Applicants have to send the following documents along with the application form

    • Download the required forms from the download area.
    • Fill out the forms and complete other necessary documents. Documents must be named according to the naming conventions and converted to PDF format prior to submission. The scientific part (form A04_Science) shall not exceed 8 MB.
    • Login to the web-based submission system using your nethz user name and password.
    • Click the “new proposal” link on the left side of the browser window and enter the basic information for your grant proposal. Please note that the system will automatically log you out after 30 minutes of inactivity, and an error message will appear if you try to resume work. In such cases, please logout and login again.
    • Store the basic information with the “Save” button. At this point, the proposal appears in the “My proposals” list with an “In preparation” status. The proposal is not yet submitted; you can still change the information. Click “Save” after every change. You can delegate the rights to edit and submit the proposal to any owner of a valid nethz account by using the “Delegation” button.
    • Click the “Reviewer suggestions” button and enter your suggested external reviewers.
    • Use “Create Cover Sheet” to generate the proposal’s leading page. Send a signed hardcopy of this page to the specified address or mail a scan to ethgrants-at-sl.ethz.ch. The Office of Research must receive a signed cover sheet no later than seven days after submission deadline.
    • Upload the required proposal documents in pdf format with the “Attachment” button – see detailed instructions. The cover sheet will be uploaded automatically.
    • Submit the proposal with the “Save & Submit” button.

    Online System

    Application Deadline: There are ETH Grant submission deadlines per year, is 01 Mar 2018

    Scholarship Link




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