EPFL Science Seed Fund & Platform Technical Advancement Seed Fund
Calls for proposals
World-changing discoveries have often involved the collaboration of scientists working in different research areas. Through its open culture, EPFL encourages scientists to meet, discuss, and come up with new ideas at the crossroads of their research fields.
In a context of reduced scientific exchanges due to limited access to campus since 2020, the EPFL Science Seed Fund is designed to foster new discussions and collaborations among EPFL scientists.
Access to state-of-the-art and well-maintained facilities is fundamental for EPFL researchers to achieve timely progress. The EPFL platforms are essential for mutualizing investments and expertise at the highest level. The EPFL Platform Technical Advancement Seed Fund is intended to strengthen connections between EPFL scientists and platform staff members through innovative, technical-oriented advancement projects that will benefit the EPFL community.
The deadline for these two calls for proposals is 30 September 2021 (17:00 CEST). Projects must involve at least two investigators – from two different EPFL research groups for the EPFL Science Seed Fund, and from an EPFL research group and an EPFL platform for the EPFL Platform Technical Advancement Seed Fund. Applicants may request up to CHF 200’000 per project for two-year projects for the EPFL Science Seed Fund and up to CHF 100’000 per project for 12-, 18-, or 24-month projects for the EPFL Platform Technical Advancement Seed Fund.
Each application will be evaluated by three external experts based on criteria of excellence, impact, and implementation, and the final decision will be made by two separate committees, each chaired by Anna Fontcuberta i Morral and Ambrogio Fasoli. The EPFL Science Seed Fund Committee will also comprise professors from other Swiss universities, while the EPFL Platform Technical Advancement Seed Fund Committee will also include members of the EPFL Awards Committee.
For more details, please visit the program webpage.