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Strengthened support for research data management

In order to meet the objectives set out in the Swiss National Open Research Data Strategy, the UNIL Management has allocated an extraordinary budget for a period of 3 years (2022-2024). This fund allows the recruitment of Data Stewards and research engineers for all faculties. These people are mainly responsible for supporting UNIL researchers in the management and opening of research data (Open Research Data - ORD).
This measure thus responds to the Management's Plan of Intent and strengthens the "research data" support provided by the trio of Faculties-DCSR-UNIRIS and supplemented by various internal expertise (CER-UNIL, PACTT, SJ, SR, etc.).

The Data Stewards network
Coordinated by the Information Resources and Archives Service (UNIRIS), the Data Stewards are responsible for supporting researchers with questions or problems related to research data management. Working in close collaboration with the research consultants and engineers and the administrative research support staff in the Faculties, the Data Stewards' main tasks are to support, advise and assist the research community (DMP, choice of infrastructure, documentation, organisation, archiving, valorisation, etc.).
Find your Data Steward here

The network of research engineers
The Rectorate has decided to provide additional support to the faculties by assigning each of them a dedicated research engineer. So that these research engineers are not isolated, they are administratively attached to the DCSR and organised in a network so that, at the request of a faculty, they can be mobilised together in the event of a project that exceeds the resources of a single person according to the priorities defined by the DCSR's scientific committee. These engineers are therefore integrated into the fabric of the faculties' researchers and collaborate on a daily basis mainly with the "data stewards" and those responsible for supporting research within the faculties, but they also dedicate part of their time to the DCSR, which can thus advise them on the projects entrusted to them.

A better path for researchers
The arrival of new people within the Faculty-DCSR-UNIRIS trio is an important step towards offering more support to researcher-exs on the one hand, and, on the other hand, to better mark out the main steps faced by today's research when it comes to managing data (legal, ethical, software, format, encryption, secure storage, openness, etc.).
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Obtaining funding


Deadline : 1 mars 2023

The next call for Mobi.Doc mobility funding is scheduled for September 1st 2022. This funding is aimed at all doctoral candidates registered at UNIL and CHUV (with the exception of doctoral candidates funded by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to carry out a 6-month research stay abroad during their thesis. The requirements and further information on this funding scheme are available on the web page.

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

Information sessions SNSF and Innosuisse

In December 2022, the SNSF and Innosuisse will organise three information events for researchers. They will take place online.
Join us for a presentation of the various funding schemes offered by the SNSF and Innosuisse. It is the perfect opportunity for researchers to obtain all the necessary information and put their questions to the people responsible for the schemes during a question and answer session. More detailed information (programme, registration, etc.).

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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

Anne-Emmanuelle de Crousaz (anne-emmanuelle.decrousaz@unil.ch)
Aurélie Brehmer (aurelie.brehmer@unil.ch)

Basic Training on EU Research, Development & Innovation Opportunities

The Euresearch Network will organised an on-line information event dedicated to present the different parts of Horizon Europe on November 29th 10:00-12:00. You can get additional information and register on the following link.

Save the Dates: Horizon Europe InfoDays Clusters 4, 5 et 6 for calls 2023

The European Commission will organise Horizon Europe InfoDays for the next 2023 calls. These sessions will be a unique occasion to have an overview of all topics opening for 2023 and some information about proposal preparation. Brokerage events will be held in order to find help participant finding consortium or partners (registration needed).

Cluster 4 - Digital, Industry and Space - 12-14 December - on-line info session and brokerage event - Programme and registration

Cluster 5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility - 15-16 December - on-line info session and brokerage event - Programme

Cluster 6 - Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment - 13,14 and 19 December - on-line info session and brokerage event. Programme and registration

Innovative Health Initiative (successor of IMI)

HI offers info days on call 3 (12-15.12.22) and call 4 (18-19.1.23). The aim of the IHI call days is to provide potential applicants with the information they need to put together a strong proposal.

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Horizon Europe 2nd pillar calls for collaborative projects 2023-2024

The Drafts of the Work-Programmes of the Horizon Europe 2nd pillar calls for collaborative projects 2023-2024 are available. The European Commission should publish the final versions shortly.
For more information, please contact Aurélie Brehmer to discuss.

Transition Measures for Horizon Europe: SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022 and SNSF Starting Grants 2023

The call for the 2022 Postdoctoral Fellowships was launched on 1st September with a submission deadline on December 1, 2022. Info.

The call for SNSF Starting Grants 2023 opened on 1st November and has a submission deadline on February 1, 2023. Info.

For eligibility checks, budget and General Confirmation from the Vice-Rector for Research, contact Anne-Emmanuelle de Crousaz.

Other third-party funding

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

UNIL 4 Research

Updated information on international research funding opportunities. In autumn, a training will be offered to researchers in humanities interested in optimizing their fundraising on the UNIL 4 Research tool.

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Fundraiso Premium Access

This database contains foundations, associations or companies that support individual projects (grants, etc.), research projects or equipment. Fundraiso is free of charge, but if your computer has an IP address from UNIL, CHUV, UniSanté and other associated hospitals, you will have access to a wider selection.

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Impact collaboration programme

The «Impact Collaboration Programme» supports collaborations that involve at least one actor from an academic institution (no geographical limitation), and one actor from the International Geneva ecosystem carrying policy work (e.g. international organisations, programmes, funds, NGOs; see list of eligible actors here. The ICP provides support to collaborative projects and initiatives that explicitly address a science-policy gap around a global issue of relevance to the work of International Geneva actors. Individuals (with affiliations), institutions and consortia can apply to the programme. See ‘eligibility criteria’ for more information. Maximum 60,000 CHF per project, 12 February 2023. Submit your 1,700-word application through this platform.

Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS)

Deadline : 18 January 2023

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. Thematically, submissions can be made in one of the following sections: 1. General Call: In any area of International Studies. 2 Special theme 2023: Multiple and interlocked threats to human - centered development: innovative approaches and governance mechanisms for prevention and mitigation.

EPFLeaders4impact - 3rd call

Deadline : 1 March 2023

EPFLeaders4impact 3rd call providing grants to postdoctoral researchers working on innovative solutions to global challenges. EPFLeaders4impact is a postdoctoral fellowship programme funding talented researchers from all over the world who have the ambition to provide innovative solutions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


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

Call for Research Partnership Grants with South Asia and Iran

Deadline : 15 January 2023

The 2022 Call for Research Partnership Grants with South Asia and Iran focuses on SDGs 3 (health), 4 (education), 7 (energy), 11 (cities), and 13 (climate). Projects with institutions from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka are eligible.

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Funding Opportunity for collaboration between Switzerland and Korea

Deadline : 15 February 2023

This call for innovation projects aims to promote collaborative projects involving researchers based in Switzerland and Korea, in the fields of climate change*, digital health*, and systems biology (* interdisciplinary approach: possible contributions from social sciences and humanities).

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Open Science

swissuniversities Open Science Programme - Call for researchers

Open Science Reviewers' Pool (Délégation Open Science) - Recruitment of Junior Researchers
Deadline : 8 December 2022

The Open Science Delegation of swissuniversities is recruiting junior researchers with expertise in Open Research Data (ORD) to complete its pool of experts (Open Science Reviewers' Pool).

The tasks of these experts are to assess the quality, impact and relevance of proposals using an open peer review process. The required skills, expectations and recruitment process are detailed in this document.

Applications should be sent to open-science@swissuniversities.ch.

Open Science Library

The French Committee for Open Science mobilises higher education and research actors to support the implementation of the national open science policy in France in a dynamic and coordinated way.

They propose an Open Science Library with numerous resources to help you make it your own!

On the menu:
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Open Research Data

Contact: researchdata@unil.ch


Since 2018, UNIL has been collaborating with FORS and the University of Zürich in the development of SWISSUbase, a national interdisciplinary platform for the description of research projects conducted as well as the deposit, sharing and archiving of research data. At present, there are three possible repository models (tracks): one general/standard and two disciplinary (social sciences and linguistics).

SWISSUbase meets the requirements of the funding bodies - in particular those of UNIL (cf. Directive 4.5) and the SNSF - and complies with the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles.

Operational for several months, SWISSUbase is available to the entire UNIL community; its use is free of charge and financed by UNIL.

As of January 2023, and in particular with a view to gathering the opinions of the user-tricexes and improving the platform, personalised support - carried out by the Data Stewards - will be put in place for certain research projects from the Faculties of Social Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The deposit, sharing and archiving of data in a repository such as SWISSUbase is one of the ways to support the Swiss National Open Research Data Strategy (2021) and the UNIL Open Science Strategy (2019).

Data Stewards Network

Coordinated by UNIRIS, the network of Data Stewards present in the Faculties is now composed as follows
The main missions of the UNIL Data Stewards are to provide support, advice, development and expertise to researchers on issues related to the planning, management, integrity, quality, accessibility, openness, sharing and preservation of research data.

Swiss Open Research Data Grants – Track A "Explore projects"

Deadline : 31 December 2022

Track A encompasses the early exploratory, testing and prototyping phases of a potential Open Research Data (ORD) practice. It enables engagement with a community without necessarily creating a final product. The aim is to help researcher-exs explore if/how ORD practices can be developed.

See the guidelines for applications. Proposals can be submitted until 31 December 2022 (12:00 CEST). Further information is available on the Swiss Open Research Data Grants webpage of swissuniversities.

DMPonline UNIL

This interactive online tool for writing a Data Management Plan (DMP) makes it possible to write a plan in a collaborative manner and to request a review, directly via the application, by the UNIL services specialised in data management.

Two new DMP templates integrating specific resources and recommendations for SNSF applications are now available for UNIL and CHUV researchers of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine.

• FBM UNIL DMP template for SNSF funding

• FBM CHUV DMP template for SNSF funding

When creating your account, please refer to the help page in order to access and benefit from our support when using the DMPonline tool.

If you need additional personalised help or training in writing your DMP, please contact your Faculty Data Steward.

Open Access

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

UNIL signs the action plan for Diamond Open Access

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This action plan aims to further develop and expand a community-driven scholarly communication ecosystem focused on Diamond or Platinum Open Access. UNIL, which already supports the platinum path with its Shared Open Access Publishing Platform, soap2.ch has signed this action plan and is committed to continue supporting this promising path.

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New Read & Publish agreement with Springer (2023 - 2025)

Negotiations with Springer Nature for the renewal of a Read & Publish agreement for the period 2023-2025 have been concluded. After careful evaluation of all options, swissuniversities has decided to consider Springer Nature's offer for the Springer Compact / Nature Branded portfolios and the corresponding Read & Publish agreement and to reject the offer for the Gold Open Access portfolio.

Gold OA fees from Springer Open and BMC may continue to be covered, for eligible cases, through our UNIL Gold Open Access Fund.

The eligibility conditions for this agreement, as well as the list of titles concerned, will be communicated once the contracts have been signed.

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Status of quotas for licences with an OA component

UNIL has signed a number of institutional Read & Publish licences. They allow authors to publish in Open Access at no additional cost, mainly in so-called hybrid journals (those publishing both closed and OA articles).

These licences sometimes have national quotas that are exhausted before the end of the current year. This is the case for the licences with Wiley and Taylor & Francis. If you find yourself in this situation, UNIL recommends using the green route, i.e. self-archiving a version of the manuscript in Serval and sharing it after the embargo period recommended by the publisher. Please consult Papago for the self-archiving conditions for your journal.

In addition, the budget allocated to MDPI under our Gold OA Fund has also been exhausted. These articles can therefore no longer be supported through this fund.

Looking for a relevant Open Access journal for your manuscripts? Ask B!SON!

B!SON stands for "Bibliometric and Semantic Open Access Recommender Network". B!SON is being developed within the framework of a two-year project of the same name, which is being conducted jointly by the TIB and the SLUB Dresden.

The aim of the project is to implement a recommendation system for quality-assured open access journals. Based on the title and/or abstract of your article, this system will create a list of suitable journals sorted according to their thematic relevance. For this purpose, in addition to the common bibliometric methods of determining similarity, machine learning methods are used, which suggest relevant journals based on the semantic similarity of the title or abstract of the article to be published.

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OACT - Open Access Check Tool

The publication of specialist articles in Open Access (OA), generally in the "Green OA" and "Gold OA" variants, allows free access to the results of scientific research and their largely free dissemination. However, the multiplicity of available publication conditions often makes it difficult to choose a specialist journal: the requirements of funding bodies and the publication guidelines of universities and colleges must be carefully compared with the offers of publishing houses; in addition, separate publication contracts can offer additional advantages. The Open Access Check Tool provides a comprehensive overview of the possible publication conditions for a large number of journals, especially for the Swiss university landscape, and thus supports the decision-making process.

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Launch of the Swiss Open Access Monitor

The Swiss Open Access Monitor provides basic indicators for the Swiss National Open Access Strategy. According to this vision, all scientific publishing activity in Switzerland should be available in Open Access by 2024. The Monitor collects and visualises data on scientific publications written by scientific staff affiliated to a swissuniversities member.

The Swiss Open Access Monitor was developed within the framework of the National Open Access Monitoring (NOAM) project, led by the Consortium of Swiss University Libraries. The project was funded half by the Open Science 2021-2024 programme and half by the Consortium. A representative task force consisting of members of the Arbeitskreis Open Access (AKOA) provided expert advice and support for the project.
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Free Graduate Campus workshops for UNIL doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows

All year round

The Graduate Campus offers a number workshops free of charge for doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows registered at UNIL and CHUV, in order to acquire tools for a good start of your thesis and to prepare for the defence, to enhance your knowledge and broaden your research opportunities, to get advice to help you clarify your next career steps or to take up current challenges.

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Research profiles

The portrait - The Service de la recherche

Aurélie Brehmer (aurelie.brehmer@unil.ch)
Aurélie Brehmer joined the Research Department on 1 September 2022. Her objective is to inform and advise on the funding opportunities of the Horizon Europe framework programme, in collaboration with Anne-Emmanuelle de Crousaz. She is also in charge of stimulating participation in the calls for collaborative projects of the second pillar of Horizon Europe. She works closely with the research support network within the Faculties. Aurélie holds a degree in agricultural engineering (ENSAIA) and a master's degree in law, economics and management (specialising in management sciences and administration, with a focus on business administration and law). She began her career as a consultant in a consultancy firm within the unit dedicated to the biotechnology sector. She then gained experience in setting up and managing European projects with several employers such as INRAE Transfert (France) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland). In 2021, she replaced the National Contact Point in charge of Horizon Europe Clusters 5 and 6 in the Network Office of Euresearch in Bern for several months.
Lucia Couto (lucia.couto@unil.ch)
Lucia Couto joined the Research Department on 1 May 2022 as a project management assistant. She is a pillar of the department and currently provides support to the Director and the team members. Lucia Couto has a degree in executive assistant and has acquired solid experience in project management and executive assistant in a group specialising in medical analysis instruments and products, in a social structure and in the world of graphic and applied arts.

Versatile and professional, she has skills in different fields of action. She has a deep interest in the evolution of her environment and wishes to be fully involved in the future projects of the Research Department. She also shares her activity with the UNIL ColLaboratory, where she provides administrative and organisational support.
Zohra El Masbahi (zohra.elmasbahi@unil.ch)
Zohra El Masbahi, a specialised file manager, has joined the Research Service team at the University of Lausanne. She will be in charge of public contracts related to research in support of the faculty managers.

She has solid professional experience in the Vaud administration. In particular, at the HES-SO, she has been immersed in the academic world, especially in the field of national and international mobility, specialising in the SEMP (Swiss European Mobility Program) process, the financing of candidates and their eligibility, as well as in the organisation of international group mobility.

For any request concerning the Research Public Procurement procedures, please contact Ms Zohra El Masbahi, specialised file manager in charge of Research Public Procurement within the UNIL Research Service in support of the faculty managers at the following address: marchespublics-recherche@unil.ch.

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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Demistifying research

In the framework of my SNSF project and in partnership with a European colleague, can I order a survey funded by my SNSF project from a supplier of our choice?
(20'000 CHF < survey amount < 100'000 CHF)

For orders of CHF 20'000 or more, any request for services or purchase of supplies within the framework of your research projects is subject to the directives and/or laws of UNIL, cantonal, national or international (WTO) public procurement. For an order between CHF 20'000 and 100'000, a minimum of three offers must be requested from three different suppliers.

For any request concerning the Research Public Procurement procedures, please contact Ms Zohra El Masbahi, specialised file manager in charge of Research Public Procurement within the UNIL Research Service in support of the faculty managers at the following address: marchespublics-recherche@unil.ch.

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