We are announcing the ALPHORN–COVID-19 call for Polish-Swiss research projects on COVID-19

Thursday, 30 April 2020

We are announcing the ALPHORN–COVID-19 international bilateral call for Polish-Swiss research projects on COVID-19. The call is organised in cooperation with the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

See the call announcement 

Under the ALPHORN-COVID-19 call, funding will be provided to high-quality ground-breaking research projects on COVID-19, to be carried out jointly by research teams from Poland and Switzerland (bilateral projects), and Polish-Swiss research teams, in cooperation with research teams from one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Luxembourg and South Tyrol (trilateral project).

The call is organised pursuant to the Lead Agency Procedure. The SNSF will act as the Lead Agency in charge of merit-based evaluation of proposals under the SNSF National Research Programme NRP 78 – COVID-19.

PLN 4 million has been allocated to fund research by the Polish research teams. Funds awarded under the call may be designated to cover remuneration for the research team, scholarships for students or PhD students, purchase or manufacturing of research equipment and for other costs indispensable for research. The principal investigator of the Polish research team must be at least a PhD holder. Research projects can be carried out over a period of 24 months.

Joint proposals drafted in compliance with the requirements of the SNSF must be submitted by the Swiss research teams via SNSF’s electronic submission system mySNSF by 25 May 2020, 5 p.m., while Polish research teams must submit NCN proposals to ZSUN/OSF by 26 May 2020, 4 p.m. NCN proposals must include joint proposals identical to the proposals submitted to the SNSF.

Furthermore, in the case of trilateral projects, each research team involved in the project must submit a funding proposal to the competent research funding institution according to its requirements.

The results will be announced by the end of October 2020. 

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