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A foreword from the Vice-Rector

After all, science is essentially international...

Marie Skłodowska Curie
It is unusual for universities to take a stand and campaign on an issue that is subjected to a popular vote. However, the so-called "restriction initiative", scheduled for 27 September, is extremely important for the future of research in Switzerland. Indeed, both the national academies and the rectorates of Swiss higher education institutions have publicly recommended its rejection. In my opinion, the mobility of researchers and their access to European research programs, both individually and in consortia, are essential for the exchange, sharing and confrontation of ideas, which are vital prerequisites for innovative and high-quality research. I hope that you are all convinced of the need to preserve the current conditions of research in Switzerland and motivated to make this clear when you cast your ballot.

I would like to seize this opportunity to warmly congratulate our four young researchers (see below) who have just been awarded ERC Starting Grants, the last ones within the framework of the European H2020 program. May our research community, and in particular our young researchers, also have free access to the future Horizon Europe framework program, which will succeed H2020 as of next year. It is up to us to decide...

Obtaining funding

Reduced teaching load for MA and PAST

Deadline: 31 October 2020

This funding scheme allows MA and PAST (2nd and 3rd year, not SNSF) to lighten their teaching load over one semester in order to devote the time to the preparation of funding applications of research projects.

Applications are to be submitted to the Dicastère Carrière et Société, Bâtiment Unicentre.

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Contact: Véronique Longchamp (veronique.longchamp@unil.ch)

Single postdoc scheme for fellowships abroad from 2021

Early Postdoc.Mobility will be integrated into Postdoc.Mobility. Details on the admission requirements and the new Postdoc.Mobility regulations can be found on the SNSF website.

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SNSF calls for proposals

Please refer to the open calls for research funding schemes and programmes proposed by the SNSF.

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Contact: Anne-Emmanuelle de Crousaz (anne-emmanuelle.decrousaz@unil.ch)

Four UNIL researchers receive ERC Starting Grants

On September 3, the European Research Council published the results of the call for ERC Starting Grants 2020. Of the 3,272 proposals submitted, 436 were selected for funding.

Four UNIL researchers are among the recipients: three young scientists from the Faculty of Biology and Medicine - Fanny Langlet for the TANGO project, Erica van de Waal for KNOWLEDGE MOVES and Aleksandar Vejstica for ZygoticFate (initially submitted with the CNRS), as well as Stijn van Petegem, a researcher from the Faculty of PHS for the SAFE-SORRY project.

Bravo to all four of them!

Last Horizon 2020 calls

Co-funding of regional, national and international doctoral and postdoctoral programmes (MSCA-COFUND-2020)
Deadline: 29 September 2020

FET Innovation Launchpad (FETOPEN-03-2018-2019-2020)
Deadline: 14 October 2020

Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI2)
Two-stage submission
1st step - 29 September 2020
2nd step - 17 March 2021
The Green Deal call
Deadline: 26 January 2021


Contact: Claire Arnold (claire.arnold@unil.ch)

COVID-19: Funding opportunities for projects and grants

In UNIL 4 Research, calls for projects on COVID-19 can be directly selected. Just go to "Research discipline" and check the box "Coronavirus/COVID-19 R&D".

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Contact: Denis Dafflon (denis.dafflon@unil.ch)

Call for UNIL-Université Laval projects on digital challenges: extension until 9 October 2020

Deadline: 9 October 2020

As part of the privileged partnership between UNIL and Laval University, the two institutions are launching a call for projects on digital issues. The common fund of an annual amount of CAD 40'000 (CHF 30'000) will make it possible to finance four impulse credits for collaborative research projects submitted jointly by teams from UNIL and Université Laval. It aims to give rise to strategic and innovative projects on or through digital technology, with the potential to create a leverage effect for other funding.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for submission of projects has been extended from Monday 18 May 2020 to Friday 9 October 2020.

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Open Science

Open Science Tour coming this fall

The OS team will be visiting your faculty this fall. On the menu: presentation of UNIL's OS strategy and action plan, Open Access and Open Research Data news and a presentation of your research consultant(s). If the conditions allow it, we plan to hold hybrid events.

Dates and details coming soon!

COVID-19 and Open Science

A COVID-19 & OS page has been created within the Open Science website in order to centralize some relevant news about Open Data, Open Access, Open Science around this theme.

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Open Research Data

Contact: researchdata@unil.ch

Project in progress: Development of an online Data Management Plan tool

Led by UNIRIS in collaboration with the Ci, the project to set up an online Data Management Plan (DMP) writing tool for UNIL researchers continues to progress.

The test phase is scheduled for October and the tool should be operational in November. The tool used is DMPonline.

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Open Access

Contact: Micaela Crespo (micaela.crespo@unil.ch)

UNIL Open Access Directive

The new Directive on Open Access and SERVAL (Directive 4.6) came into force on 1 July 2020. You can read the full Directive (FR). A bilingual web page dedicated to the Directive has also been created.

The Directive promotes the long-term archiving and valorisation of UNIL's intellectual heritage through its institutional server, SERVAL, by relying in particular on three distinct stages of the entry process:
Discover the benefits of the Directive and how it applies to each of these three steps with a short explanatory video.


New courses offered by the Computing and Research Support Division

DCSR, Running Python and R applications on the clusters: 8 October
Introduction to using the clusters: 26-27 October
A gentle introduction to machine learning: 29 October

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What courses would you like to see offered by the Computation and Research Support Division?

Let us know by filling out this little survey.

Open Science Central Course Catalog

In order to offer UNIL researchers a central catalog of Open Science courses (Open Access, Research Data Management and Open Research Data), an online registration platform has been created to centralise the different courses offered. The platform is currently being finalised.

To the platform

Free Graduate Campus workshops for UNIL doctoral students and postdocs

All year round

In order to acquire tools for the successful start of your doctoral research, to enrich your knowledge and broaden your research opportunities, or to receive advice to help you clarify your career prospects.

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Moodle course "Research in the age of Open Access"

Self-paced - always available

This training (in French) focuses on free access to scientific publications from the researcher's perspective (Open Access, rights and obligations, SERVAL). At the end of this training (which is designed to be self-paced over four weeks) you will have a solid foundation in the field that will allow you to publish your work while respecting your Open Access obligations and maximizing the visibility of your publications in SERVAL.

Research profiles

Portrait - Faculté des Lettres

Philippe Bornet (philippe.bornet@unil.ch)
As a research consultant, Philippe Bornet offers assistance in the preparation of grant applications by both proofreading the scientific part as well as by checking the more formal aspects of the requests (budget calculation, types of positions, etc.). He also guides lecturer-researchers towards the most appropriate funding instruments for their project and offers advice on Open Access publication and ethical aspects. Since the beginning of his mandate in August 2017, he has contributed to the organization of a day of reflection on Open Access in the humanities in January 2019 (with Micaela Crespo). In addition, in collaboration with his colleague Yann Dahhaoui, he is working to raise the profile of research projects conducted within the Faculty, particularly on the Eureka site created in 2018.
Philippe Bornet holds a PhD in Literature and was awarded a Junior Researcher's grant. He was then a senior researcher for 4 years on an SNSF project. As part of the academic part of his involvement at UNIL, as MER1 in the Section of Slavic and South Asian Languages and Civilizations of the Faculty of Arts, he is pursuing research on the cultural relations between India and Switzerland.
Davide Picca (consultant-data-management-lettres@unil.ch)
In his position as Data Management Consultant, Davide Picca advises the lecturer-researchers of the Faculté des Lettres in the elaboration of their grant applications for all Data Management related issues. In particular, he assists professors in the process of identifying research data management needs by analysing infrastructures and approaches. He also assists in the evaluation of the costs (material, posts, mandates, etc.) to be foreseen and assists the professors in the elaboration of their Data Management requests, especially when they concern SNSF research projects.
Davide Picca is a Master of Teaching and Research in the Computer Science Section for the Humanities. He has been studying methods for the automatic processing of data and Big Data since his master's degree. He then obtained his PhD at the University of Lausanne, with a thesis devoted to the use of semiotic principles for the Semantic Web and linked open data. Today he is pursuing research in the field of Digital Humanities, especially in the processing of textual data.
Yann Dahhaoui (yann.dahhaoui@unil.ch)
Yann Dahhaoui works as a research consultant and coordinator of the Interfaculty Master's degree in Digital Humanities, and is in charge of administrative missions at the Dean's Office of the Faculté des Lettres. He is also in charge of establishing a concept for the continuing education and scientific mediation activities proposed to the gymnasiums by the members of the Faculty. Finally, he performs various functions related to quality and valorisation, including the coordination of the faculty's self-evaluation.
As research consultant, he ensures the coordination of files for the faculty research ethics commission and contributes, in collaboration with his colleague Philippe Bornet, to the visibility of research projects conducted within the Faculty on the Eureka website. He also acts as an interface with research support organizations in Switzerland and abroad.
Yann Dahhaoui holds a PhD in Literature from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Geneva (cotutelle). His research has taken him to the University of Cambridge (Member and then Old Member of Emmanuel College), the Swiss Institute in Rome, the Laboratoire de médiévistique occidentale in Paris, the Max-Weber-Kolleg in Erfurt and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster.

Research consultants at UNIL

If you have any questions about research, you can contact the research consultant(s) at your faculty.

Have you heard?

Demystifying research

As soon as I receive financial support from the SNSF for one project, I cannot apply for another project.


On the contrary, you can obtain financial support from the SNSF for more than one project! For example, in the "Project Funding" instrument you can carry out two projects - each with a different thematic focus - and also one project in a National Research Programme, as well as another in the SPIRIT programme. However, you must be able to make a substantial personal contribution to each of these projects.