Funding programs

The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials offers the following programs to promote equal opportunities, foster the career of young women in science, and support female and male researchers with family care duties:

Research Fellowship Program for Women in Science

The fellowship seeks to support the professional development of outstanding female researchers who have already demonstrated excellence at an early stage of their careers and wish to pursue an academic career. The fellowships support the residency of researchers in the laboratory of one of the research groups of the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials. The program funds original research ideas of the applicants. Further information can be found here.

Pregnancy support grant

This grant supports PhD students and postdocs who are not allowed to work in laboratories during pregnancy. PhD students can use it to extend their contract beyond the normally anticipated end date by at most half of the time of her pregnancy during which they are not allowed to carry out experimental work. Postdocs can use the grant to hire support staff to perform their lab work for a portion of their pregnancy during which they are not allowed to carry out experimental work. If you are interested in applying for this grant, please contact the Scientific Coordinator.

Flexibility grants for NCCR participants

The grant provides more flexibility to PhD students and postdocs at a critical stage of their career and needing to take care of their children. It allows researchers to reduce their work-time percentage and hire a support person for the same period, to minimize delays in their research work. The grant may also be used to cover child care costs. If you are interested in applying for this grant, please contact the Scientific Coordinator.

Childcare support during travel

The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials awards financial support to cover extra childcare expenses due added caregiving needs resulting from traveling to a professional event (i.e. project meeting, academic conference or workshop, professional training). Further details can be found here.

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) offers a range of funding schemes to contribute to gender equality in research.