Call for Applications: Sinergia – interdisciplinary, collaborative and breakthrough


Deadline: 1 June 2020 


Sinergia promotes the interdisciplinary collaboration of two to four applicants who propose breakthrough research.

Interdisciplinary research is defined as research across disciplinary boundaries. In order to achieve the research objectives, it is necessary to integrate elements (theories, methods, concepts, etc.) from two or more disciplines. All disciplines are considered to be equally important.

Breakthrough research calls into question or goes beyond existing models, theories, doctrines, research approaches, methods, etc. It may be of a high-risk, high-reward nature.

Collaborative proposals that involve only one discipline or one main discipline supported by auxiliary disciplines should be submitted in SNSF project funding.

The Sinergia regulations provide the legal basis for Sinergia proposals and grants, and describe the conditions for awarding a Sinergia grant.

Regulations on Sinergia grants (PDF)


  • Duration: 1 to 4 years

Project partners

  • They contribute to the research project through cooperation with the consortium, without being responsible for the project.
  • Their role must be clearly described in the grant application.
  • They can benefit from the grant, but their contributions must be budgeted in the application.


  • Only one Sinergia grant per person and period for all applicants.
  • Only one Sinergia application per applicant and deadline.
  • SNSF professors may submit a Sinergia application 2 years after starting their SNSF professorship at the earliest. Ambizione grantees are excluded for the duration of their grant.


  • No less than 2 and no more than 4 applicants may apply together for a Sinergia grant.
  • The consortium as a whole must have adequate experience in managing research projects.
  • One applicant must be designated as the legal representative of all applicants vis-à-vis the SNSF. If the grant is approved, this applicant becomes the corresponding grantee. This person may not be outside Switzerland. The grants are paid to the institution at which the corresponding grantee is employed. The corresponding grantee is responsible for forwarding the funds.

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