Käthe Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund

Since 2006, the SAMS has been supporting research projects in the field of biomedical ethics, namely clinical ethics and public health ethics, with funds from the Käthe Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund. There is one call per year which is either thematically open and aimed primarily at junior researchers or focused on a given topic.

2020 call for proposals: Seed Grants for junior researchers

The 2020 call is again thematically open and intended for junior researchers in biomedical ethics. KZS Seed Grants are meant to allow grantees to explore innovative research ideas, to realize a small, independent pilot project and/or to prepare their own project proposal to be submitted to a larger funding agency. The objective of the call is to support junior researchers to establish a record of independent research and facilitate the transition to the next step of their academic career.


Participation requirements

Doctoral and postdoctoral, non-tenured researchers aiming at an academic career in biomedical ethics, in particular in clinical and public health ethics, can apply for a KZS Seed Grant provided that they are active at a research institution in Switzerland by the time of the submission deadline and for the intended duration of the grant. Applications must have a clear ethical focus: The ethical dimension of the project and its relevance for medical practice must be explicitly described in the application.


Applicants cannot apply for more than one grant at a time.



For 2020, a total of CHF 250'000.– is available. Up to CHF 50’000.– can be awarded per Seed Grant for a maximum period of 12 months.


Use of grants

The grant money can be used to finance the costs of a small, independent pilot project or to generate preliminary data for a research proposal to be submitted to a larger funding agency. It can also cover a portion of the applicant’s salary during the grant period.

The research project itself must be in the planning stage; funding will not be provided for ongoing projects.


Evaluation procedure

Applications meeting the formal requirements will be evaluated by the KZS Committee of the SAMS in accordance with the criteria defined in the KZS Fund Regulations and specified in the 2020 call for proposals.


The application and evaluation procedure takes place in two steps: applications are first evaluated based on a brief description of the planned activity (letter of intent), on the applicant’s CV and on the expected added-value of the grant for his/her next career step. Preselected applicants are then invited to submit a full application and to defend their project idea during an interview with the KZS Committee.


Submission of applications

Applications (in German, French or English) must be registered online. Details on the format and submission procedure can be found on the registration page.


Submission deadlines

Phase 1: 30 April 2020 (letter of intent)
Phase 2 : 31 August 2020 (full application, on invitation, for preselected candidates only)


Earliest grant start: 1 December 2020
Latest grant start: 1 June 2021
Grants must start at the beginning of a month.


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Dr. Myriam Tapernoux
Head of Department