Purpose of the Scheme
With the goal of facilitating cooperation in the framework of a strategic partnership, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) have established a joint seed money funding scheme. The funding shall enable UNIGE and HUJI faculty and researchers to identify complementary strengths, facilitate the use of synergies, and promote the development of outstanding future collaborative projects.
This call is open to all disciplines, interdisciplinary initiatives being encouraged. The joint funding scheme aims at supporting the first steps of collaboration. The following formats are possible:
· Intensive research workshops
· Short term research stays (for young as well as established researchers)
· Short intensive graduate seminars
· Mobility for the preparation of joint research proposals
· Mobility for the exploration of structured joint teaching initiatives
· Exchange of PhD‐students, post‐docs
The joint seed fund operates with a total annual budget of CHF 50.000 (CHF 25.000 from each side).
Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of CHF 20,000 (CHF 10,000 equivalent support for each partner) for up to two years.
Each university will provide its own lead investigator with an equivalent amount of funds that can be spent over the course of the grant period. Grant funds may not be used to pay salaries. Fellowships for graduate students should be part of a specific project and not cover student mobility only.
Proposals must be jointly submitted by faculty of the University of Geneva and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, using this online platform. Participants should ideally include both senior and junior faculty/researchers of UNIGE and HUJI. At HUJI, applicants must be members of faculty; at UNIGE, the main applicant must have a work contract covering the entire period of the project.
The supported activities should have a clearly defined focus and serve as a catalyst for the development of new joint projects. The activities can take place in Geneva or in Jerusalem; inclusion of third parties is possible, however, the additional costs must be covered by these partners themselves.
The motivation for holding the activity should be clearly explained, including how the relevant UNIGE and HUJI institutes or departments are involved and can profit long term from this cooperation and what synergies may arise.
Seed money funding for joint activities will be provided on a competitive basis, following the criteria below:
· Clearly formulated plan and goals of the activity
· Information on envisaged synergies
· Level of concreteness of future joint research, incl. specific timeframe and information on funding programs (i.e. bilateral, EU or other funding programs) and steps for developing a joint proposal for submission to further funding
· Compatibility with the UNIGE/HUJI research profiles (interdisciplinary nature, excellence of project leaders, scope of the fields/labs represented in the proposed activity)
· Information on how the cooperation can be sustained beyond the initial seed money funding phase
Projects will be selected by a joint UNIGE‐HUJI committee, with an equal number of representatives from the authorities of each university.
Submission and deadlines
Proposals for the UNIGE‐HUJI seed money funding scheme should be jointly submitted by UNIGE and HUJI faculty, using this online platform. The application submission page is visible only if you are signed in (if you are reading this page while signed in, click on "dashboard"). If you previously had an account on the unige-cofunds.ch platform, your username is still active, but you need to create a new password at login.
The application will include a short project description (max. 500 words), a timeframe and entries regarding the following items (max. 200 words):
- Main activities and potential outcomes
- Merits and added value of the project
- Follow-up activities and collaborations
- Other potential funding sources
- Is this a new or an existing collaboration ?
A budget must also be submitted. Please use this Excel template (available also when logged in).
If in doubt regarding the platform, you may refer to this tutorial.
Joint proposals can be submitted until 15 September 2022.
Results will be communicated in October 2022; the proposed activities should commence in the same year.