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A foreword from the Vice-Rector

UNIL keeps supporting research!

In these times of uncertainty about our future political relations with Europe and their impact on the status of our researchers in the new European framework program for research and innovation Horizon Europe, I am particularly happy and proud to commend the recent award of two ERC Advanced Grants to Professors Sophie Martin and Niko Geldner, both members of our Faculty of Biology and Medicine. A very big BRAVO to these two exceptional scientists whose European recognition has not wavered over the years. May their talent and success inspire and encourage us to keep participating in the Horizon Europe program, regardless of the status that is ultimately granted to our country!
This good news should not overshadow the difficult situation of those of us who are still being held back in the progress of their research due to the pandemic situation. The Direction is actively working with ACIDUL on a permanent solution for the extension of fixed-term contracts when research activities are lastingly blocked in a situation of force majeure, including those whose contract would expire before the implementation of this new procedure.

Stay well and enjoy your reading!

Obtaining funding


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

SNSF calls for proposals

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

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Deadline: 7 June 2021

BRIDGE is a joint programme conducted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Innosuisse. It offers new funding opportunities at the intersection of basic research and science-based innovation, thereby supplementing the funding activities of the two organisations.
Next call for submitting a Proof of concept project aimed for young researchers : June 7th 2021

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Horizon Europe

Contact: Anne-Emmanuelle de Crousaz (anne-emmanuelle.decrousaz@unil.ch)
The call for the 2021 ERC Advanced Grants will be published on May 20 with a submission deadline on August 31.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

The call for the 2021 Doctoral Networks (DNs) will open on May 18 with a submission deadline on November 16.
  • Online info session on Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks, 18 May (10:00-11:30). Registration here.
The call for the 2021 Postdoctoral Fellowships (PFs) will be launched on May 18 with a submission deadline on September 15
  • Online info session on Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships, 6 May (10:00-11:00). Registration here.
Research infrastructures

HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EMERGENCY-01 FAIR and open data sharing in support to European preparedness for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
Submission deadline on May 6, 2021.

HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EMERGENCY-02 Research infrastructure services for rapid research responses to COVID-19 and other infectious disease epidemics.
Submission deadline on May 6, 2021.

Cluster 1 "Health"

HORIZON-HLTH-2021-CORONA-01-01 Vaccines & therapeutic clinical trials to boost COVID-19 prevention and treatment.
Submission deadline on May 6, 2021.

HORIZON-HLTH-2021-CORONA-01-02 Cohorts united against COVID-19 variants of concern.
Submission deadline on May 6, 2021.

All Horizon Europe open calls

All open Horizon Europe calls for proposals.

Information and advice on Horizon Europe

Two Advanced ERC Grants at UNIL

Professors Sophie Martin in the Department of Fundamental Microbiology and Niko Geldner in the Department of Plant Molecular Biology at UNIL have both received an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). Exceptionally, they have both previously obtained an ERC Starting and an ERC Consolidator Grant. Bravo!

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

UNIL 4 Research

UNIL 4 Research is a database that provides up-to-date information on international research funding opportunities.

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CROSS: Call for Projects

The CROSS (Collaborative Research on Science and Society) welcomes proposals on interdisciplinary research questions related to Responsible Innovation until August 20, 2021. Proposals must come from joint UNIL-EPFL teams, which bring together specialists in the humanities and social sciences on the one hand, and specialists in the life sciences, natural sciences or engineering on the other.
Up to six grants of a maximum of CHF 60,000 per project will be distributed.

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

Call for Projects – Summer and Winter Schools 2022-2023

The International Relations Office is launching a new call for projects for summer and winter schools. It provides a support fund to encourage the emergence of projects led by members of the UNIL teaching staff, for summer 2022 or winter 2023. Projects must be submitted by 12 May 2021 via the online form, where you will also find the full text of the call for projects.

2021 Japanese-Swiss Young Researchers' Exchange Programme Call for Applications

Information and online application form available on the Leading House Asia ETH Zurich website under ‘Open Calls’.
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Call for Applications Leading House Asia
Korean-Swiss Young Researchers’ Exchange Programme 2021

Guidelines, FAQs, and application form available on the Leading House Asia at ETH Zurich Mobility page.

Open Science

Open Research Data

Contact: researchdata@unil.ch

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

The DMPonline UNIL tool is now available! It is accompanied by a tutorial to help its handling and use.
The general model of the DMP UNIL proposed in this tool is 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.

Learn more about DMPs

Open Access

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

New Read & Publish license with Wiley starting May 1

swissuniversities and Wiley sign a transformative Open Access agreement. As of 1 May 2021, corresponding authors affiliated with UNIL/CHUV will be able to publish their publications in Open Access in the approximately 1400 Wiley hybrid journals covered by the Swiss agreement.

In order to check the list of the journals included in the agreement, please visit our web page.

Read the press release

Publish in Open Access at no cost!
Read & Publish licenses: an update

Authors of UNIL/CHUV correspondence can now publish in Open Access at no cost in a large number of Gold and Hybrid OA journals with Annual Reviews, Cambridge University Press, Cogitatio, Elsevier, Karger, SAGE, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis and Wiley.


Please note! Some of these licenses have an annual national quota (Elsevier, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis and Wiley). Once these quotas are reached, the institution will no longer cover the APC costs. This will most certainly be the case for the Taylor & Francis license, where Switzerland has already used half of the APCs available for the year 2021.

If you find yourself in this situation and you have published in a hybrid journal, we recommend that you follow the Green road (self-archiving in Serval).

Information and advice

For details of the licenses and lists of journals involved, visit our website.

Don't forget that Papago, your personal Open Access assistant, is able to indicate that your article is eligible for Open Access publishing at no cost in the "your funding opportunities" section.
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The Open Access barometer is here

The UNIL Open Access Barometer is an instrument intended to measure the evolution of Open Access at UNIL. The report, which shows an overview of several parameters related to Open Access, is prepared at the beginning of the year.

The methodology page presents how the data was collected and processed before being introduced in the report.

Check out the barometer here!
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Publication: Archiving Qualitative Data in Practice: Ethical Feedback

The latest issue of the The latest issue of the Bulletin of Sociological Methodology has just been published. Edited by Pablo Diaz (FORS/CER-UNIL), it is dedicated to the ethical issues of archiving qualitative data. The issue can be consulted on the journal's website.


Self-paced Moodle Course "Research in the age of Open Access" now available in English


The English version "Research in the age of Open Access" is now available on Moodle.

This course presents in five short modules all the knowledge needed to publish in Open Access and can be completed at your own pace. Don't hesitate to register!

Free Graduate Campus workshops for UNIL doctoral and post-doctoral students

All year round

The Graduate Campus offers a number of workshops free of charge for doctoral candidates and postdocs enrolled at UNIL in order to get started and complete with more confidence your thesis, to enhance your knowledge and broaden your research opportunities, to receive advice to help you clarify your career goals or to help you get through current challenges.

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Research profiles

Portrait - Faculté des Sciences Sociales et Politiques

Nathanaëlle Minard (nathanaelle.minard@unil.ch)
Nathanaëlle Minard is a research consultant at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences since 2016. She accompanies researchers more specifically on issues of ethics, data management and Open Science. She helps and advises on the preparation of research protocols to be submitted to the Cantonal Ethics Commission (CER-VD) and, since 2019, coordinates and provides the secretariat of the Faculty Research Ethics Commission (CER-SSP). In the area of data management, she notably accompanies the preparation of the Data Management Plan and, more generally, guides researchers on data protection issues. For this, she works in close collaboration with FORS and the University's central services. An important part of her work consists in monitoring the evolution of ethical, legal, technical or methodological norms that may concern the different disciplines represented at the Faculty. This concerns in particular Open Access, which raises specific challenges in the field of the humanities. On a more practical level, Nathanaëlle also supports researchers in the promotion of their work on SERVAL and Unisciences, and offers individual consulting sessions on the updating of their profile and list of publications. Finally, she offers a service of accompaniment and follow-up of research contracts, and collaborates regularly with the legal service of the UNIL and the PACTT.
Since the beginning of 2020, she is also responsible for the Faculty's Thesis Office. As part of this mission, she coordinates issues related to doctoral students in social and political sciences between the Dean's Office, the Research Commission and the Graduate Campus.

With a PhD in History from the University of Helsinki, Nathanaëlle has collaborated on numerous European projects in several European universities as well as at the CHUV. With this varied and international experience, she considers her mission as an essential service in an increasingly complex world of research, subject to growing demands from funders and society.
Astrid Ruffa (astrid.ruffa@unil.ch)
Astrid Ruffa has been a research consultant for 9 years. In 2012, she set up a support service at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences for the preparation of funding applications. Since then, she has been providing the 400 or so PHS researchers with individualized assistance in identifying funding agencies, preparing applications, reviewing research plans and drawing up budgets. She also provides online monitoring of calls for proposals and leads workshops devoted to writing the scientific part of SNSF grant and project applications. In addition, she assists the Vice-Dean for Research in the follow-up of the activities of the SSP Research Department, she prepares the files for the SSP Research Commission and coordinates its activities. In this context, between 2013 and 2015, she participated in the definition of criteria for the evaluation of research within the Faculty. Also contributing to the valorization of research, she co-organizes the Research Day and proposes contents for the eSSPace research newsletter.
Astrid Ruffa holds a doctorate in literature and is attached to the French section of the UNIL. She has collaborated with museums such as the Centre Pompidou and the Reina Sofía Museum, has spent time at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle with an FNS grant, and has been a teacher-researcher at the UNIL and at the University of Michigan.

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

The SNSF requires me to publish all the data from my project. This means that I can no longer guarantee the anonymity of the data of my research subjects, which is a barrier to my research.

The SNSF encourages you to make your data freely available. This obligation does not apply if legal, ethical or copyright reasons, confidentiality clauses or similar considerations prevent it. In most cases, personal data can be anonymized so that it is not possible to deduce the identity of the individual.