Convinced that high-quality research leads to better clinical practice, the SAMS, the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation and the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation jointly supported palliative care research in Switzerland from 2014 to 2018. To this end, 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. You can find information on the supported projects and results from the symposium of November 2019 here.
Within the five calls of the funding program, 34 grants for research projects and 4 fellowships for an education and research stay abroad were awarded. The last call for proposals took place in 2018, with grants running until 2022. The synopsis provides an overview of all program grantees.
Details concerning the research areas supported, the evaluation procedure and the evaluation criteria can be found in the program regulations.
Downloads and links
Expert Committee (in German)
Symposium 2019: Looking back and looking ahead
To conclude the program, the SAMS, in partnership with palliative ch, held a full-day symposium in Bern on Thursday, 21 November 2019. The presentations and posters reflected the diversity of the supported projects (methods, settings, etc.) as well as interdisciplinarity and interprofessionality. More than 120 participants from all over Switzerland gained insight into the results of the projects and learned which factors promote or hinder knowledge transfer from research to practice.
From the presentations and discussions, it became clear that the «National Strategy for Palliative Care» of the Confederation, the National Research Programme «End of Life» of the SNSF and the SAMS funding program were important drivers for this young discipline, but that there is still a long way to go in order to establish palliative care research in Switzerland on a sustainable basis.
What is required are stable structures which enable constant research work with appropriate support and funding instruments as well as defined career paths. At the moment, palliative care research in Switzerland is still largely project-based. When projects are completed, the structures, people and know-how threaten to disappear again. A «Manifesto for sustainable research in palliative care and end of life care in Switzerland» was therefore presented at the symposium, which summarises in eight objectives how the necessary structures could be created.
The manifesto and further information about the symposium can be found in the downloads section below. We will also publish the final report on the funding program in the first quarter of 2020. Information about this publication will be available on our website and via our newsletter.
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Program, manifesto and presentations
Dr. Myriam Tapernoux, Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences
Dr. Sarah Ziegler, Universität Zürich
Prof. Bernice Elger, Universität Basel / Université de Genève
PD Dr. Mathieu Bernard, Université de Lausanne
Prof. Steffen Eychmüller, Universitätsspital Bern
Prof. Markus Zimmermann, Universität Freiburg
Dr. Manya Hendriks, Universität Zürich / Dr. Karin Zimmermann, Universitäts-Kinderspital Zürich
Prof. Ralf Jox, Université de Lausanne / Prof. Tanja Krones, Universität Zürich
Prof. Isabelle Noth, Universität Bern / Dr. Raphael Rauch, Universität Zürich
PD Dr. Manuel Trachsel, Universität Zürich
Prof. Sophie Pautex, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
Prof. André Fringer, Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Dr. Claudia Gamondi, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale di Ticino / Université de Lausanne
Prof. Corina Caduff, Hochschule der Künste Bern