Käthe Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund

The Käthe Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund of the SAMS has been supporting research projects in biomedical ethics since 2006. The annual calls for proposals are either thematically open and primarily addressed to junior researchers or restricted to a specific topic.

2019 call for proposals: Seed Grants for Junior Researchers

The 2019 call is thematically open and intended for junior researchers wishing to develop an original, independent research project in biomedical ethics. KZS Seed Grants are meant to allow grantees to explore novel 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 the field of biomedical ethics and active at a research institution in Switzerland by the time of the submission deadline and for the intended duration of the grant, can apply for a KZS Seed Grant. In the event of applications of equal scientific quality, preference will be given to projects in the field of clinical and public health ethics.



For 2019, 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. Applicants cannot apply for more than one grant at a time.


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 2019 call for proposals.


The application and evaluation process takes place in two steps: applications are first evaluated based on a brief description of the planned activity (letter of intent) and the applicant’s CV. Pre-selected applicants are then invited to submit a full application and to defend their project ideas 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 procedure for submission can be found on the registration page.


Submission deadlines

Phase 1: 15 June 2019 (letter of intent)
Phase 2: 29 September 2019 (full application, for pre-selected candidates, on invitation)


Grants can start on 1 December 2019 at the earliest and on 1 June 2020 at the latest. All grants must start at the beginning of a month.


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Dr. Myriam Tapernoux
Head of Department