Research in Palliative Care

The SAMS, the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation jointly supported palliative care research in Switzerland from 2014 to 2018. To achieve this objective, the two foundations have made available an envelope of around CHF 1 million per year to finance research projects in Switzerland and research stays abroad to promote knowledge transfer.

Within this program, 34 grants for research projects and 4 fellowships for education and research abroad were awarded. The synopsis provides an overview of all program grantees. The last call for proposals took place in 2018, with grants running until 2022.


Details concerning the research areas supported, the procedure and the evaluation criteria can be found in the program regulations.


Save the date: symposium 2019

To present the results of supported projects, the SAMS is organizing a symposium on research in palliative care on Thursday, 21 November 2019 in Bern, in partnership with This day will also be an opportunity to discuss how to better support the implementation of research findings into clinical practice and to reflect on the future of palliative care research funding in Switzerland.


The detailed program of the symposium with a link to its registration form will be published here and via our newsletter during summer 2019.


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Dr. Myriam Tapernoux
Head of Department