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Our three main priorities for strengthening research support at UNIL

Having recently taken up our respective roles as Vice-Rector for Research and Head of the Research Service, we would like to share with you our three main priorities for strengthening support for research at UNIL.
The first priority is the deployment of an agile and responsive service culture to respond ever better to the needs of our researchers. Our objective is to save the latter time by responding efficiently to their needs throughout the life of their projects. This will be achieved, among other things, by strengthening the resources of the Research Service and by creating new synergies between the many people who support research throughout UNIL including its faculties.

A second priority is to continuously improve the quality of research developed at UNIL by responding to the expectations of researchers in the areas of funding, open science, ethical and responsible research, to name a few areas in which the Research Service is already very active.

Our third priority is to extend the influence and the scientific and social impact of the research carried out at UNIL, by promoting diversity and dialogue between the disciplines that are the strengths of our university. The benefits to society will be achieved in particular by supporting innovative and inclusive research methods and by creating new networks of local and international partnerships.

We conclude by wishing you who make UNIL a great research university and you who provide crucial support to researchers, a fruitful academic year and great success in your work.

Estelle Doudet, Vice-rector research

Julian Randall, Head of the Research Service (SR)

Research @UNIL

Research showcase!

The objective of the new "Research" pages on unil.ch is to provide a "showcase" for the cutting-edge research conducted at UNIL.
You will discover how our scientific community addresses contemporary issues in their research. Cancer is obviously a medical issue, but the disease is also present in literature and has strong social consequences. What can these different perspectives on the same theme contribute? Sport, mountain, digital cultures or sustainability are also the first areas explored in an interdisciplinary way on these new pages. Others are to follow.

The complexity of today's issues requires an interdisciplinary approach. UNIL can provide it.

Come and see for yourself!

Obtaining funding


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

SNSF calls for proposals

Do not hesitate to refer to the open calls for research funding schemes and programmes proposed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

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Horizon Europe

Contact: Anne-Emmanuelle de Crousaz (anne-emmanuelle.decrousaz@unil.ch)
Switzerland has a “non-associated third country” status in Horizon Europe. The Federal Council remains committed to its goal of a full association to Horizon Europe and other related programmes and initiatives as soon as possible. This status can be changed at any time, but does apply for all calls in 2021
Researchers established in Switzerland can be involved as “associated partners” in multi-beneficiary projects such as MSCA DN, MSCA SE, as well as RIA and IA (clusters 1-6). They can also be one of the PIs in ERC SyG proposals.

However, they are not allowed to participate in ERC and MSCA individual measures like ERC StG, CoG and AdG; MSCA PFs, MSCA COFUND and EIC Acc.

Participants from Swiss institutions cannot coordinate a project, but can be "workpackage leaders".

Link to all Horizon Europe open calls
SNSF Transition measures

Due to Switzerland's non-association to Horizon Europe, the Federal Council has asked the SNSF to carry out transitional measures for researchers established in Switzerland with respect to ERC and MSCA mono-beneficiary schemes.

The call for the 2021 SNSF Advanced Grants opened on October 1, 2021. Pre-registration on mySNF by November 1. Submission deadline: December 1, 2021 Link to the call document.

The call for the 2021 SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships opened on October 15, 2021. Pre-registration on MySNF by November 15. Submission deadline: December 15, 2021 Link to the call document

Possible transitional measures for 2022

Transitional solutions will also apply to ERC Starting Grants (Euresearch will tentatively organise a training, see below) and ERC Consolidator Grants for 2022 in the event that Swiss researchers are not eligible to submit project proposals for these calls. These measures will be based as far as possible on the European calls, but will have their own deadlines for project submission. The SERI will publish further information regarding measures in relation to the 2022 calls in due course.

Cluster Health Info Event - European Funding Opportunities in 2022

25 November 2021

12h30 - 14h00. Registration.

ERC Starting Grant Applicants training

25 November 2021

9h30 - 12h00. Registration.


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.

If you wish to learn how to use this database or to optimise your fundraising efforts, a training course will be given on 9 November, see under the heading Training.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 Research Project Grants

Funding to support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing their specific interest and competencies. The NIH has created a dedicated webpage listing funding opportunities specific to coronavirus/COVID-19 related research.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Grants

Funding for conservation efforts focusing on IUCN Red List plant, animal or fungi species, such as survey work/data gathering, direct action, recovery management, training, genetic analysis or workshops.

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Fritz Thyssen Foundation Project Grants

The Fritz Thyssen Foundation supports research in the fields of humanities, social science and medicine, with particular emphasis on developing the careers of junior researchers. The Foundation also offers funding for research projects in the following areas : History, language & culture, The interdisciplinary field 'Image-sound-language, State, economy and society and Medicine and the natural sciences.

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Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS): Call for projects 2022

Deadline: 22 January 2022

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary research teams. The project grants run for two years and range from 100’000 to 300’000 Swiss Francs. Project proposals by eligible institutions must qualify as: International studies and Pluri-disciplinary. In addition to the above criteria, the SNIS strongly encourages collaborations with International Organizations and NGOs.

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Call for joint projects with the University of Padua

Deadline: 26 November 2021

The first joint call between the University of Lausanne and the University of Padua, launched in the framework of the privileged partnership between both institutions, is open. The following activities are eligible for funding:

1. Graduate Summer/ Winter programs (EUR 7,000.- max.)

2. Joint seminars / conferences involving early-stage researchers (EUR 5,000.- max.)

3. PhD Workshops (EUR 5,000.- max.)

All the relevant information are available in the text of the call. Projects must be submitted via our online form by Friday 26 November at 1:00 PM.

For any question please contact Mr Marc Pilloud (tel: 021 692 20 23).

Open Science

Open Research Data

Contact: researchdata@unil.ch

The researchdata@unil team welcomes a new collaborator

Since October 1st, the team researchdata@unil.ch (Research Data Management sector of the Service UNIRIS) is pleased to welcome Ms. Cécile Lebrand, Resp. Data Management & Open Data at the University Library of Medicine (BiUM), for a period of 6 months. In addition to her activities at the BiUM, Ms. Lebrand will work at 20% within the UNIRIS service and will participate in the development of institutional projects (DMP templates FBM-UNIL-CHUV, readmefiles, research data long term storage, SWISSUbase repository, etc.).

DMPonline UNIL - Tool to assist in the online writing of Data Management Plans (DMPs)

The DMPonline UNIL tool is a collaborative online tool for writing Data Management Plans (DMPs).
The general UNIL DMP template proposed in this tool is accompanied by help and examples to facilitate its redaction. It is also possible to make requests for advice (ask for feedback). In addition, the tool allows for the drafting of DMPs following the SNF model.

When a request for storage space for research data is addressed to the Division of Computing and Research Support (DCSR), this UNIL DMP is mandatory (Directive 4.5, Article 12). For research projects that do not use DCSR infrastructures, the drafting of a DMP is strongly recommended.

Discover the tutorial that accompanies its handling and learn more about DMPs.

Research Data Storage

In its Directive 4.5, UNIL encourages researchers to store research data on the infrastructure provided by the Computing and Research Support Division (DCSR) of the IT Service.

Storage requests can be addressed to the DCSR via an online form. For more information, see:

- General information on Research Data Storage and Security;
- DCSR/Ci Wikis: DCSR NAS (server access) and How to manage sensitive data on UNIL NAS (storage of sensitive data).

Open Science: Survey on FAIR research data management

In the framework of the Master IS (Information Sciences) at the Geneva Haute école de gestion, a survey is launched on the FAIR practices in Open Science and Research Data Management in the Swiss universities and research institutions.
Research teams, researchers, doctoral students, Master's students and data managers are invited to complete the online questionnaire.
The results of this research project will be published in a thesis, available on RERO DOC in February 2022.

Open Access

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

We have come full circle: 360 support!

As part of its Open Science strategy, UNIL now offers its researchers 360° support, i.e. in all the Open Access roads: the platinum, the gold, the green and hybrid roads. All this is enhanced by personalised tools, training, guides and direct support from the Research Service and faculty specialists.

Gold OA fund, licences with publishing houses, green road... Not sure which way to go to publish in Open Access? Not sure if your case is covered by our support instruments?

Check our 360 support webpage and our chat bot will direct you to the resources that apply to your case! (Provisionally only available in FR)

Automatic entry into Serval

We automatically search for new UNIL/CHUV publications on Web of Science each month. Those with ORCID identifiers linked to UNIL and/or published in either Gold or Hybrid Open Access are imported into Serval and a notification is sent to all linked authors.

You can then add the record to Serval by following the instruction in the email.

So, use your ORCID ID when publishing, link it to Unisciences and check your inbox the first Monday of each month!

New Open Access publishing platform: SOAP2

SOAP2 (Shared Open Access Publishing Platform) is a joint project of the University of Fribourg (leading house), the University of Lausanne, the Central and University Library of Lucerne (together with the University of applied sciences of Lucerne), the University of Neuchâtel, and the University of teacher education of the Canton of Vaud. The core of the project is an online publishing platform.

Services will include the setup of journals and workflows on the platform, advice of editors concerning organization of their work and implementation of OA standards, help in case of minor issues with the platform and document treatment. Support may also include establishing and facilitating of journal indexing in general and specific information services.

If you publish a journal at UNIL and you are interested in the platform, contact us!

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Read & Publish licences: Springer Nature licence quota almost reached

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 Annual Reviews, Cambridge University Press, Cogitatio, Elsevier, Karger, SAGE, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis and Wiley.

Some of these licences have an annual national quota (Elsevier, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis and Wiley). When these quotas are reached, the institution will no longer be able to pay for APCs until the following year. This is the case for the Springer Nature licence where the quota will soon be reached for the year 2021 (probably in mid-November).

In the case of a hybrid journal, we recommend you to follow the green road of Open Access (self-archiving in Serval).

Gold Open Access Pilot Fund UNIL

As part of its strategy to promote the Gold Road of Open Access, the Research Department is making available to UNIL/CHUV authors a Gold Open Access pilot fund from 1 July to 31 December 2021 to support publications following the Gold Road. This phase will serve as a basis for the deployment of a definitive fund from January 2022, for which information will follow soon.

This fund will enable researchers without external funding sources to access Gold Open Access publishing (from journals that only publish Open Access content).

Full information on the eligibility criteria and application procedure for this pilot phase is available on the UNIL Open Science website.

More than 100 UNIL/CHUV publications available in open access in SERVAL thanks to national licences

Thanks to a national licenses agreement between the Consortium of Swiss University Libraries and four scientific publishers (Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, De Gruyter and Springer), we were able to deposit 113 full-text articles (published versions) in SERVAL and share them freely.

This is the second wave of imports through these agreements, the last being in 2019 when more than 2000 full texts could be added to Serval.

All PDFs deposited under the national licence agreement are clearly labelled and a text is displayed next to the download button: "It has been possible to publish this article in open access under a Swiss national licence with the publisher".


UNIL 4 Research

9 November 2021

A training session on this funding tool will be organised on Tuesday 9 November at Amphipôle 340 (Dorigny) from 10:00 to 11:30 am and at the Auditoire Beaumont (CHUV) from 2:30 to 4:00 pm for researchers from UNIL, CHUV and associated hospitals.


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

Self paced

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 - Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM)

Cécile Lebrand (cecile.lebrand@chuv.ch)
Involved in information activities on Open Science and scientific publishing issues, DrSc. Cécile Lebrand particularly appreciates the scientific and project management missions that are entrusted to her in her work. Her past activity as a researcher in neurobiology in several renowned international institutions (MIT; University of Cambridge), laboratory director at UNIL and manager-director of the NCCR Robotics (EPFL), allows her to fully appreciate the scientific and financial stakes linked to the implementation of policies for the management and sharing of research data. Furthermore, her long experience of publishing in the best international scientific journals gives her a good understanding of the workings and complexity of the scientific publishing field. Since April 2015, she has been supervising the Publications and Research Data Management Unit at the BiUM and since 1 October 2021 she has joined Uniris as 20% of its activity. In this role, she develops concrete services and tools to improve the visibility and reproducibility of FBM publications by promoting Open Access models and FAIR/Open data. Its services also aim to help FBM researchers to better manage their research data by helping them to produce a Data Management Plan when applying for SNSF funds, a Readme file for long-term storage and by helping them to share data sets for publication purposes.
Elena Martinez chairs and coordinates the Research Ethics Committee (REC) with Mr Jérôme Wuarin and Professor Ralf Jox.
The CER-FBM analyses and evaluates research projects for ethical compliance.

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

I must always get a consent form signed when conducting research with people.

As participation in a research project is usually voluntary, the consent of the individuals involved is usually the only basis for processing their personal data. This consent can be obtained in writing as well as orally. From an ethical and legal point of view, it is important that individuals are able to make a free and informed decision about their participation. To this end, they must receive all the information necessary for their decision, including that provided for in Art. 13 of the LPrD. Although there are no formal requirements, it is always useful to keep proof of consent, whether by signing a form or making an audio or video recording.