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A foreword from the Vice-Rector

Restart of on-site research activities at UNIL

I hope that this newsletter will find you in good health after the unprecedented period of semi-lockdown we experienced in connection with the coronavirus crisis. Some of you have returned to your offices or laboratories as you had left them so suddenly on March 13, others have not yet returned or have returned only sporadically in accordance with the health regulations still in force. Unfortunately, we will presumably not be able to access our research infrastructures the way we were used to for many months to come. We will have to come to terms with this and reorganise our work with a resource sharing mindset.
In spite of the situation, the central services have continued their mission of supporting research, as you will be able to judge by reading through this particularly rich issue. I would like to make special mention of two important pieces of news. Firstly, the Rectorate validated the new Open Access Directive, after over two years of groundwork and consultation. This document is a key element of UNIL's commitment to the development of Open Science, which will contribute to enhancing the visibility of the work of our research community, as already demonstrated by the growing success of our institutional repository, SERVAL.
Secondly, we are very pleased to announce UNIL's membership to the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), a network of 22 universities focused mainly on research activities. The WUN supports joint projects between members on current issues and particularly encourages the mobility of young researchers. We hope that many of you will take advantage of these new opportunities for international collaboration.
Welcome back and I hope you enjoy this issue!

Obtaining funding

COVID-19: crops intermédiaire, extension of contracts

Several deadlines

Lockdown measures have not spared research: the closure of the campus on March 13 has hampered the activities of many researchers. In order to ensure that the impact on their academic curriculum is minimised, UNIL allows the extension of certain contracts for members of the corps intermédiaire.

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

Mobility and Doc.CH scholarships from 2021 onwards

The final submission deadline for Doc.Mobility and Early Postdoc.Mobility is 1 September 2020. Thereafter, Doc.Mobility will be discontinued and the funding of mobility for doctoral students who are not funded in SNSF projects will be the responsibility of the universities. At the postdoc level, Early Postdoc.Mobility will be merged with Postdoc.Mobility in order to have a single instrument evaluated at the national level.

On 10 September 2020, the Research Commissions will carry out the selection of applications for the 1st phase for the last time. From 2021 onwards the evaluation of Doc.CH applications will take place directly at a national level.

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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)

Last Horizon 2020 calls

Several deadlines

European Research Council Advanced Grants (ERC-2020-ADG)
Deadline: 26 August 2020
Webinar on ERC ADG call on July 2, 2020 (10:00-11:00 am).

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF-2020)
Deadline: 9 September 2020
MSC IF Online Applicants’ trainings in June and July for researchers applying with a host institution located in Switzerland.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie co-financement of doctoral and post-doctoral programmes (MSCA-COFUND-2020)
Deadline: 29 September 2020

Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research: 16 topics
Deadline: 3 September 2020

Secure, clean and efficient energy: 23 topics
Deadline: 1 September 2020

Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security: 20 topics
Deadline: 27 August 2020

The European Green Deal Call (11 areas)
Call publication planned for mid-September with a deadline for all areas at the end of January 2021.


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

Call for proposals in the framework of the CROSS Programme

Deadline: 24 August 2020

The CROSS (Collaborative Research on Science and Society) welcomes proposals on interdisciplinary research questions on the theme of DIGITAL HUMANITIES until August 24, 2020. 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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UNIL 4 Research

Updated information on international research funding opportunities.


Contact: international@unil.ch

UNIL joins the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)

The network, founded in 2000, currently has 22 members. The WUN has a strong research component. Through its Research Development Fund WUN provides support to establish collaborative research that falls within four globally significant themes:
  • Responding to Climate Change
  • Public Health (Non-Communicable Disease)
  • Global Higher Education and Research
  • Understanding Cultures
A call for proposals is launched each year in July, with a deadline in October. In addition, the WUN encourages mobility, especially of young researchers, through its Research Mobility Programme. The coordination of the network's activities will be mainly carried out by the International Relations Service.

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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

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

Projet SWISSUbase

The SWISSUbase project, of which UNIL is a partner, aims to develop a national and interdisciplinary solution for the management, sharing and archiving of research data.

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

Since March, UNIRIS has been collaborating with the Ci for the implementation of an online tool for writing Data Management Plan (DMP online tool) dedicated to UNIL researchers. This tool should be operational this fall.

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Open Data Survey of the Swiss Academy of Sciences

Deadline: 15 July 2020

The Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics Platform (MAP) survey is a response to the recurring comments, questions and sometimes concerns expressed by scientists about the evolution towards Open Research Data.

Take the survey

Open Access

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

New UNIL Open Access Directive

The new Directive on Open Access and SERVAL (Directive 4.6) was approved by the Rectorate on 17 March 2020 and will come 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.
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Open Access publication free of charge for UNIL/CHUV authors at Elsevier and soon at Springer Nature

The momentum of Open Access is changing the models and licenses we enter into with (large and small) publishers:

UNIL/CHUV corresponding authors can publish free of charge in Gold and Hybrid Elsevier journals (full list). Cell Press journals, «The Lancet» and selected society journals are not included in the agreement. Therefore, please consult the Excel list before choosing a journal to publish in Open Access. This deal is valid for articles submitted after January 1, 2020.

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Springer Nature
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with the publisher. Springer Nature maintains read access for their titles for UNIL/CHUV researchers until the conclusion of the new contract.
With the Memorandum of Understanding, both parties confirm their intention to conclude an agreement according to the Read & Publish model by summer along the same lines as with Elsevier, except that, for the time being, only Hybrid journals are included in the agreement.
Details of the agreement, which is expected to start on 1 July 2020, will be published on the Open Science UNIL website.

One-click individual Open Access report offered by the SNSF

Which of my scientific articles are freely available? Swiss researchers can now answer this question with the online software SNSF Open Access Check. The prototype covers articles published since 2015.
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Consider using the Green Road to improve your score. Indeed, there is a good chance that you would be able to publicly share a version of your publications belonging to the "closed" category.

Ask Papago to see if you can do it. You can also write to open.access@unil.ch, or contact your your faculty contact.

SERVAL user guide

Is SERVAL new to you?
Do you have questions about using this tool?
Check out the new author user guide where you will be redirected to many resources to use SERVAL with ease.


Training course for the use of the UNIL HPC Cluster

22 et 23 June 2020

The division calcul et soutien à la recherche (DCSR) offers training courses on the use of UNIL's HPC cluster. The next course will take place on June 22 and 23 from 9:00 to 12:00 by videoconference. Registration is open, all information is available on the DCSR web page.

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.

Pour en savoir plus

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.


Contact: pactt.info@chuv.ch

UNIL signs an exclusive licence with AgroSustain S.A.

The University of Lausanne signs an exclusive license with AgroSustain S.A. for the development of a natural antifungal treatment.

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New treatment perspective for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer

The signature of an exclusive contract between the CHUV and Prokarium, negotiated by the PACTT (Technology transfer office UNIL-CHUV), will allow the development of a new treatment discovered at the CHUV's Urology Department.

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Contact: Pablo Diaz (pabloandres.diazvenegas@unil.ch)

An e-learning research ethics awareness training course

An e-learning research ethics awareness training course is being prepared. It is a collaboration between the Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Ethics (CIRE), CER-UNIL and the Centre de soutien à l'enseignement (CSE). The first videos will be designed during the summer.

Sample information and consent forms

Model information and consent forms are being finalised and will be made available to researchers during the summer on the CER-UNIL website.

Special issue of the journal SociologieS devoted to ethical issues in collaborative research

A special issue of the journal SociologieS devoted to ethical issues in collaborative research is being finalized for publication in October. It is coordinated by Marta Roca Escoda (UNIL), Pablo Diaz (UNIL - FORS), Jean-louis Genard (ULB) and Jean-Marc Larouche (UQAM). This will be the second publication resulting from the symposium « Enjeux éthiques dans l’enquête en sciences sociales » held in November 2018 at UNIL. The first publication is still available on the Sociograph website.

Research profiles

Portrait - FDCA

Gaëlle Delavy (gaelle.delavy@unil.ch)
Gaelle Delavy
I have been working as a research consultant for the researchers of the three schools of the FDCA: School of Law, School of Criminal Sciences and IDHEAP since 1 September 2019. I provide them with advice and support in identifying sources of funding, writing DMPs, Open Access publishing, data management and various aspects of Open Science.
I am also responsible for the valorisation of research at the FDCA and coordinate research communication actions. The obtention of funding, the publication of results, the organization of a scientific conference and any other event marking the milestones of a research project are advertised. Since the beginning of my mandate, a particular emphasis has been placed on doctoral research with the organization of Doctoral Conferences and the implementation of a series of news on FDCA doctoral students.
I hold a Licence ès Lettres from UNIL as well as a Master's degree in Information Studies, I participated in two research projects at UNIL before joining IDHEAP in 2013 and then the FDCA in 2016.

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

Can I publish my book in Open Access with the financial support of the SNSF even if I am not a recipient of an SNSF grant?

However, when applicants apply for funding for a book that does not originate from a research project supported by the SNSF, they must fulfil the general requirements for submitting an application to the SNSF in accordance with Article 10 of the Funding Regulations.

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