UZH Networks

UZH Global Strategy and Partnerships Funding Scheme

The UZH Global Strategy and Partnerships Funding Scheme supports UZH faculties, departments and units in pursuing activities that strengthen the impact of the global UZH network and that help implementing the UZH Global Strategy.

Supported initiatives

The funding scheme is open to joint collaboration initiatives with specific partner universities of the University of Zurich (see list (PDF, 49 KB)). This list has been established together with the faculties and will be adjusted every year (though strategic partners remain on the list).

Funding details and level system

3 Level System

Level 1: Travel Fund

  • For establishing new collaborations or strengthening first contacts.
  • Applicants may request up to 1’200 CHF per initiative.

Level 2: Seed Fund

  • For establishing new collaborations (classical seed funding).
  • Applicants may request up to 5’000 CHF per initiative from UZH and are invited to seek co-funding from the partner institution.

Level 3: Project Fund

  • For advancement of existing collaborations/projects with potential of high impact/visibility.
  • Applicants may request up to 60’000 CHF per initiative from UZH, must submit proof of internal co-funding and are invited to seek co-funding from the partner institution.

Matching funds from partners

UZH’s partner universities have the option of matching UZH’s funding at level two and three but are not obliged to. However, applications that demonstrate matched funding by partner institutions will be given priority. For level three, matching funds from another UZH unit are required.

Timeline

Level one is a rolling call, applications can be submitted at the end of each month (see Travel Fund).
Calls for proposals for levels two and three are issued twice a year:

  • First round: start January, deadline 28 February 2022
  • Second round: start May, deadline 15 August 2022

Level 1: Travel Fund – Rolling Call, NOW OPEN

The Travel Fund is open to UZH researchers of all disciplines – senior faculty (professors) and/or junior researchers (PhD students or Post-Docs) – and professional staff. Applicants may request up to 1’200 CHF per travelling person. Group activities are fundable as well: In that case only one application, indicating all participants, should be handed in.

Applicants are invited to consider travelling by train wherever feasible.

Selection criteria

The application should demonstrate a clear value proposition of activity for establishing sustainable partnerships in research and/or teaching and institutional connections between UZH and the partner institution. Funds are granted on a “first come, first served” basis.

Submission of applications

Applications can be submitted throughout the year. Please submit the following documents:

Please submit your application in English or German, via e-mail in one PDF-file to: Carolin Fleck, International Relations Office, carolin.fleck@uzh.ch

The funding decision will be communicated within six weeks after submission. In case funding is granted, the proposed activities should be conducted within one year from the grant confirmation date.

 

Level 2: Seed Fund - Call NOW OPEN, Deadline 28 Feb 2022

The Seed Fund is meant for new joint activities in research and/or teaching can be funded. Applicants may request up to 5’000 CHF from UZH per initiative. Applications that demonstrate matched funding by partner institutions will be given priority (see list (PDF, 49 KB)).

Example of possible joint activities

  • Jointly organized events and outreach activities (face-to-face and/or virtual joint conferences, workshops, symposia, exhibitions, seminars, science slams, etc.)
  • Joint research activities
  • Jointly organized trainings and teaching modules
  • Creation of new teaching material or online resources (MOOCs, platforms, apps)
  • Initiatives that support application effort for external funding

Selection criteria

  • Benefits of the proposed activities for establishing sustainable collaboration (research and teaching) and institutional links between UZH and the partner institution -> A detailed plan for follow-up collaborative activities exists.
  • Scientific merit and envisaged synergies of the proposed activities and of the anticipated outcomes
  • Clearly formulated plan of the activity (in layman’s terms) with clear outline of the dissemination activities
  • Detailed plan for defined relevant outputs (e. g. joint events, publications etc.)
  • Potential for acquiring third party-funding
  • Involvement/fostering of junior researchers (PhD students, Post-Docs)
  • The activity is designed in consideration of environmental sustainability (e. g. virtual meetings or train travel instead of air travel, sharing of technology, sustainable procurement etc.)

Co-Funding

  • Matching funds from partner universities increase the chances of obtaining a grant.
  • Matching funds can come from any source (researchers’ own budget, third party funding, partner university etc.).
  • Funds do not need to be matched exactly, as 50:50 and in-kind contributions are allowed.

Eligibility

  • Open to researchers of all disciplines (from Post-Doc onwards)
  • Open to professional staff
  • Applicants must have UZH employment contracts covering the entire period of the project.

Submission of applications

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  1. Completed application form (DOCX, 327 KB), including:
    • Description of the planned project/activity (3 - max. 4 pages)
    • Addressing all of the above-mentioned selection criteria
    • Detailed budget calculation
  2. Complete CVs of project leader(s) and a list of all prospective recipients on both sides
  3. Endorsement letter of respective UZH and partner university head of department (including a statement regarding the scientific merit of the proposed activity)
  4. Proof of co-funding

Application Deadline: 28 February 2022
Please submit your application in English or German, via e-mail in one PDF-file to: Carolin Fleck, International Relations Office, carolin.fleck@uzh.ch

In case funding is granted, the proposed activities should be conducted within one year from the grant confirmation date.

Level 3: Project Fund - Call NOW OPEN, Deadline 28 Feb 2022

The Project Fund is intended for the advancement of existing collaborations/projects and with a potential of high impact/visibility. Joint activities in research and/or teaching can be funded. Applicants may request up to 60’000 CHF from UZH per initiative and must submit proof of internal co-funding. Applications that demonstrate matched funding by partner institutions will be given priority (see list of strategic and priority partners).

Example of possible joint activities within a project

  • Jointly organized events and outreach activities (face-to-face joint conferences, workshops, symposia, exhibitions, seminars, science slams etc.)
  • Joint research activities
  • Jointly organized trainings and teaching modules
  • Creation of new teaching material or online resources (MOOCs, platforms, apps)
  • Initiatives that support the application of external funding

Selection criteria

  • Benefits of the proposed activities for establishing sustainable collaboration (research and teaching) and institutional links between UZH and the partner institution -> A detailed plan for follow-up collaborative activities exists.
  • Scientific merit and envisaged synergies of the proposed activities and of the anticipated outcomes
  • Global positioning of UZH within relevant specialist fields
  • Joint teaching components
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Clearly formulated plan of the activity (in layman’s terms) with clear outline of the dissemination activities
  • Potential for acquiring third party-funding
  • Involvement/fostering of junior researchers (PhD students, Post-Docs)
  • Comprehensive communication and visibility planning (e. g. joint events, news items, scientific publications, etc.)
  • The activity is designed in consideration of environmental sustainability (e. g. virtual meetings or train travels instead of air travel, sharing of technology, sustainable procurement, etc.)

Co-Funding

  • Internal UZH co-funding of at least 50% is required (through faculty, department, institute).
  • The International Relations Office highly recommends co-funding from a partner university and will prioritize applications that can demonstrate this.
  • In-kind contributions are allowed.

Eligibility

  • Open to researchers of all disciplines (from Post-Doc onwards and with the position of a regular faculty member)
  • Open to professional staff
  • Applicants must have UZH employment contracts covering the entire period of the project.

Submission of applications

Please submit the following documents for your application:

  1. Completed application form (DOCX, 327 KB), including:
    • Description of the planned project/activity (3 - max. 4 pages)
    • Addressing all of the above-mentioned selection criteria
    • Detailed budget calculation
  2. Complete CVs of project leader(s) and a list of all prospective recipients on both sides
  3. Endorsement letter of respective UZH and partner university head of department (including a statement regarding the scientific merit of the proposed activity)
  4. Proof of internal co-funding (through UZH faculty, department, institute etc., et least 50%)
  5. Proof of co-funding through partner institution (if applicable)

Application Deadline: 28 February 2022
Please submit your application in English or German, via e-mail in one PDF-file to: Carolin Fleck, International Relations Office, carolin.fleck@uzh.ch

In case funding is granted, the proposed activities should be conducted until three years after the grant confirmation.

 

   

Frequently asked questions

Who can apply?

Level 1/Travel Fund:
Applications can be submitted by UZH senior faculty (professors) and/or junior researchers (PhD students or Post-Docs) of all disciplines and professional staff.

Level 2/Seed Fund:
Applications can be submitted by UZH researchers of all disciplines(Post-Docs onwards) and professional staff. Applicants must have UZH employment contracts covering the entire period of the project.

Level 3/Project Fund:
Applications can be submitted by UZH researchers of all disciplines (Post-Docs onwards that are regular UZH faculty members) and professional staff. Applicants must have UZH employment contracts covering the entire period of the project. Eligible applicants must demonstrate evidence of support in the form of internal co-funding.

What initiatives are not eligible?

  • Salary of principle investigators or regular faculty members
  • Conference or event registration fees unless specifically for presenting the findings of the project
  • Purchase of office equipment (computers, printers) or laboratory inventory

The above list is not exhaustive. Please contact the International Relations Office if you would like clarification.

 

Is co-funding required?

Level 1/Travel Fund:
No co-funding is required.

Level 2/Seed Fund:
The International Relations Office expects co-funding and will prioritize applications that can demonstrate this (via a letter of support or similar). The matching fund can be from any source (researchers’ own budget, third party funding, etc.) and not necessarily from a partner university. Funds also do not need to be matched exactly as 50:50 and in-kind contributions are allowed. However, matching funds from partner universities increase the chances to obtain a grant.

Level 3/Project Fund:
Internal UZH co-funding of at least 50% is required (through faculty, department, institute). The International Relations Office highly recommends co-funding from a partner university and will prioritize applications that can demonstrate this (via a letter of support or similar). In-kind contributions are allowed.

Can I apply if the initiative already receives funding from an external source?

Yes. Even if you are already receiving funding from an external grant or scheme, you are still eligible to apply.

How will the application be assessed?

Applications will be assessed in accordance with the following criteria: anticipated outcomes and benefits, alignment of activity with UZH Global Strategy, and matched funding. For further details on selection criteria please see Travel Fund, Seed Fund, Project Fund.

How and when will I receive funding?

You will receive 80% of the funding directly after the grant confirmation, 20% after the project has ended. You will need to fill out a service level agreement. The money will be transferred to a PSP-Element of your choice. At level 3, a new PSP-Element is to be created.

When must the funds be spent?

Level 1/Travel Fund:
Within one year after the grant confirmation.

Level 2/Seed Fund:
Within one year after the grant confirmation.

Level 3/Project Fund:
Within three years after the grant confirmation.

What happens to unspent funding?

Funds must be spent within the projected timeline. After that, any remaining funds are to be returned to the International Relations Office.

Can I apply if the initiative does not involve a UZH partner university?

Only applications that involve a UZH partner university according to our list (PDF, 49 KB) will be considered.