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A foreword from the Vice-Rector

Research at UNIL: what's new in 2021?

Happy New Year to all! May we find in 2021 favorable research conditions again while capitalising on the lessons learnt during this most unusual period.

2020 has been been a pivotal year in terms of research support at UNIL. In addition to the entry into force of the Open Access Directive on July 1st, three recent decisions of the Direction will be of particular interest to our readers.

Convinced of the added value that a research experience abroad represents for our doctoral students, the Direction has decided to take over the Doc.Mobility funding instrument, which was abandoned by the SNSF at the end of 2020. Mobi.Doc will thus launch with a first call for applications set for March 1, 2021.

Doc.Mobility also marks the end of the local SNSF Research Commission at UNIL. It will be replaced by a Commission for Research Expertise (CxR), made up of representatives from all faculties. The CxR's mission will not be limited to the evaluation of Mobi.Doc applications, since it will also evaluate those received for calls launched by the International Relations Service, or by the Direction itself. The commission may even be called to comment on the periodic self-evaluation reports of our interdisciplinary centres.

Last but not least, and I am particularly pleased about this, the Direction has decided to create a Research Support Service which will take over from the current "Research Dicastery" in 2021. The position of head of service will be put out to tender very soon.

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UNIL's new Commission for Research Expertise (CxR)

Following the end of the mandate of UNIL's Local SNSF Research Commission on 31.12.2020, a new Commission for Research Expertise (CxR) was created and came into force on 1 January 2021.
The mission of this Commission is to respond to the various requests for expertise that the Direction of UNIL may entrust to it in all fields related to scientific research.

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Obtaining funding

Reduced teaching load for MA and PAST

Deadline: 1 April 2021

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)

New mobility instrument for doctoral students Mobi.Doc

Deadline: 1 March 2021

The SNSF's Doc.Mobility instrument, which allows doctoral students to complete part of their thesis abroad, came to an end on December 31, 2020.
In order to compensate for this, a new funding instrument, Mobi.Doc, is offered to doctoral students.

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SNSF Scientific Image Competition

Deadline: 31 January 2021

The SNSF Scientific Image Competition encourages researchers working in Switzerland to present their works to the public and the media. Photographs, images and videos will be rated in terms of their aesthetic quality and their ability to inspire and amaze, to convey or illustrate knowledge, to tell a human story or to let us discover a new universe.

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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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Horizon Europe

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

Horizon Europe (HEU 2021-2027) / participation of Switzerland

Horizon Europe

The European institutions reached a political agreement on December 11, 2020. This agreement still needs to be formally approved by the Parliament and the Council. This means that Horizon Europe will be launched ... in the first quarter of 2021, with a retroactive clause to January 1, 2021.


The launch dates of the first European Research Council calls for proposals are expected to be announced in mid-January. Currently, the deadlines for submission are as follows: Starting Grants (9.3.2021), Consolidator grants (20.4.2021) and Advanced Grants (31.08.2021). To be followed on the ERC website.
Participation of Switzerland

SEFRI recommends that Swiss-based researchers participate in Horizon Europe from the very first calls. Funding is provided to them, either by the EU or the Swiss government, depending on the status of Switzerland at the time the first contracts are finalized.


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

UNIL 4 Research

Updated information on international research funding opportunities.
Next spring, an online training will be offered to researchers interested in optimizing their research on the UNIL 4 Research tool. Registration and information will be sent to you soon.

Foundations hosted at the direction of UNIL

A number of Foundations close to our academic community offer funding to students, doctoral students, post-docs, researchers and advanced researchers at the University of Lausanne, notably for the publication of works, organization of congresses, small research projects, scientific trips, visits to archives, participation in congresses, invitations to scientists, scientific stays, equipment. For the foundations hosted by the management, the deadlines are at the end of March or April.

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AAL European Funding Program

As part of the AAL European funding programme, innovative marketable solutions are being developed with the help of new technologies. These solutions enable the elderly to maintain the standard of living and independence that they are used to in their own home and for as long as possible.

Call 2021 Info Days to take place from 27-28 January, 2021 in an online format.

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Gebert Rüf Stiftung wants to use its "Scientainment" programme to stimulate discussion on modern forms of scientific communication.

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Funding registry

Other funding opportunities for your research are available on the researcher site under the « Registres de financement » tab.

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

Privileged partnership with Laval University: six joint projects selected

UNIL and Université Laval have set up a joint fund with the objective of granting impulse credits to collaborative research projects submitted jointly by teams from both universities.
The first call for projects, focusing on digital issues, was launched this year. Of the twelve projects submitted, six have been selected.
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Residences of the Instituto Svizzero in Rome

Deadline: 1 February 2021

The Istituto Svizzero offers residencies of several months in Rome, Palermo and Milan, for doctoral and post-doctoral students.

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Open Science


UNIL's Open Science Tour

The OS team visited you (virtually) at your faculty this fall! With just a couple of stages to go, the UNIL Open Science Tour is almost complete.

On the menu: presentation of UNIL's OS strategy and action plan, the new Open Access and Open Research Data and a presentation of your research consultant.

You can watch the videos of the interventions and download the slides in our dedicated web page.
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OS 2020 Advent Calendar

If you didn't have a chance to open our Open Science Advent windows in December, don't worry! In January, you can even open them all on the same day.

Open them to find little tips and information about Open Science.

Open Research Data

Contact: researchdata@unil.ch

DMPonline UNIL - Help tool for online writing of Data Management Plans

Conducted by UNIRIS in collaboration with the Ci, the project to set up an online tool for writing Data Management Plans (DMP) for UNIL researchers is coming to an end. The DMPonline UNIL tool will be launched on 18 January next and will be accompanied by a tutorial to help its handling and use.
The general model of the DMP UNIL proposed in this tool will be accompanied by help and examples to facilitate its writing. When a request for storage space is addressed to the Computing and Research Support Division (DCSR), this UNIL DMP is mandatory (Directive de la Direction 4.5 , Article 12). For research projects that do not use the DCSR infrastructure, it is strongly recommended.

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Survey on research data management expectations, needs and practices of UNIL researchers

In 2015, UNIRIS commissioned Carmen Jambé to conduct a survey on the expectations, needs and research data management practices of UNIL researchers. Supported by the Research and International Relations Dicastery, a new similar survey will be launched at the beginning of February in order to allow a comparative analysis of the results and to report on the evolution of the situation at UNIL.

National repository for research data, SWISSUbase

In view of the official launch this year of SWISSUbase - a national repository for research data which will be acclaimed by UNIL - UNIRIS is in the process of drafting the charter of the future local unit - Data Service Unit (DSU) - whose mission will be, among other things, to accompany researchers during the deposit of data or the documentation of the research project.

Swiss Research Data Hackathon

18 - 20 January 2021

From 18 to 20 January 2021, FORS and SWITCH are organizing the Swiss Research Data Hackathon.

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Open Access

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

Licences Read & Publish en 2021

Authors of UNIL/CHUV correspondence can now publish in Open Access free of charge in a large number of Gold and Hybrid OA journals at SAGE, Taylor & Francis, Karger and Cambridge University Press. These new licenses are in addition to the two already existing in 2020, which have been very successful (Elsevier and Springer Nature).
Please note! Some of these licenses have an annual national quota (Elsevier, Springer Nature and Taylor & Francis). Should the number of articles exceed these quota, the publication invoice will be sent directly to the author.
For license details and lists of journals involved, please visit our dedicated web page.

Status of negotiations with Wiley

swissuniversities, mandated to negotiate Read & Publish licenses with John Wiley & Sons, informs us that
Despite mutual efforts, the current negotiations between swissuniversities and academic publisher John Wiley & Sons have not resulted in a Read&Publish agreement. At the end of November, the negotiating parties decided to continue negotiations at the beginning of 2021. Access for current licensees of Wiley Journals and the Cochrane Library will be maintained until the negotiations are concluded.

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Papago knows the Read & Publish licenses

Our little parrot has an insatiable appetite for learning. It can now tell you if the journal where you plan to publish your next article is part of one of our Read & Publish licenses allowing you to publish in Open Access at no charge.

This will be indicated under "your funding opportunities". Take it for a spin!
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Serval finds your publications for you!

From now on, if you have published your last article in Open Access, or if you have used your ORCID to publish and you have linked it with Unisciences, Serval will find your publications monthly and offer you to add them to our institutional repository!

To take advantage of this feature in the future, don't forget to create your ORCID account, link it to Unisciences and publish your articles with it!

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Research Ethics Commission FGSE

The Research Ethics Commission of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (CER-GSE) is operational.

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Publication: Ethical Issues in Collaborative Research

Jean-Marc Larouche (UQÀM), Jean-Louis Genard (ULB), Marta Roca i Escoda (UNIL, Institut des Sciences Sociales) and Pablo Diaz (CER-UNIL, FORS) edit an issue of the journal SociologieS. This is the second publication resulting from a symposium organized at the University of Lausanne in November 2018 on ethical issues in social science inquiry. The issue is available on the journal's website.

First assessment of the CER-UNIL

After just over a year of existence, the faculty and central ethics commissions have evaluated more than 50 projects. As a reminder, UNIL's research ethics commissions intervene in the framework of research projects for which an attestation of institutional ethical conformity is required. They are called upon when the object of research includes human beings and does not fall within the competence of the Cantonal Research Ethics Commission (CER-VD).

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A research charter for UNIL

A working group has been formed within the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) to work on the development of a research charter and a vademecum to guide researchers in the existing research regulations and resources. The progress of the work, the results of which will be submitted to the UNIL Council, will soon be made public.


Innosuisse: The new impulse program has started!

The aim of the Innovation Power Switzerland impulse program is to stimulate innovation activities. The easing of financial conditions for innovation projects for 2021 and 2022 is intended to preserve the innovative strength of small and medium-sized enterprises and organizations during the pandemic.

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InnoTREK: financial support to create your start-up

Deadline: mid-April 2021

Do you belong to UNIL-CHUV? Are you developing an innovative project and you want to create your start-up? Apply to PACTT for an InnoTREK financial support of CHF 100'000 over one year to advance your project and launch your entrepreneurial adventure!

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Short Training: Research: Ethics and Scientific Integrity

20 April, 4 May, 18 May et 1er June 2021

The short course, "Research: ethics and scientific integrity", coordinated by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Ethics (CIRE), the research dicastery and the ethics commission of the University of Lausanne (CER-UNIL) will take place soon.

Enroll now

Research Data Management and DMP: Online Self-Training Modules

UNIRIS develops various online self-training modules via the H5P tool. These modules will address the different aspects of research data management and Open research Data (e.g. DMP, data organization, storage, archiving, sharing, etc.) and will be integrated into the UNIL Open Science site.

Ateliers gratuits du Campus des diplômés pour les doctorants et les post-doctorants de l'UNIL

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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Research profiles

Portrait - Faculté des Géosciences et de l'Environnement

Amélie Dreiss (amelie.dreiss@unil.ch)
Amélie Dreiss provides support to FGSE members in the drafting of their research projects (SNSF, European projects and others). She offers personalized advice, coupled with a proofreading of the scientific part of the project and other application documents (career plan, information on the host institution, etc.). This support complements that provided by Joëlle Richard for the preparation of the interviews and that of the team of the Research Dicastery of the FGSE Deanate.

Amélie Dreiss directs researchers towards the funding instruments and training courses that best meet their needs and to this end, she provides information on the GeOreka website, which went online at the end of 2020. She also provides information on all issues related to Open Science (DMP, Open Access Publication) and ethical aspects.

She also participates in the promotion of research projects conducted within the Faculty, particularly through the Faculty's research magazine, the Géoblog.

Holder of a PhD in ecology, with a fifteen-year career in academic research and a solid experience in popularizing science, she is always eager to discover new projects and to bring them to fruition.

Research consultants at UNIL

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

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Demystifying research

Where can I store my data at UNIL? What infrastructure is at my disposal?

UNIL encourages its collaborators to store all their professional data generated during their work at UNIL in the institutional infrastructures of the University (UNIL Directive 4.5 Art. 8 al. 2). Since June 2019, the current storage solution offered by the DCSR allows the use and backup of research data during the project realisation phase. It is in principle limited to a maximum duration of 5 years from the end date of the Project. This UNIL secure storage service is invoiced, at cost price, by the Ci and is accompanied by management rules (obligation to carry out a Data Management Plan). A storage quota of 1TB is however allocated free of charge by the Ci.