Research in Palliative Care

Convinced that high-quality research leads to better clinical practice, 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 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 to promote knowledge transfer.

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.



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Research symposium November 2019

To share the results of supported projects and the latest developments in palliative care research in Switzerland, the SAMS is organizing, in partnership with palliative ch, a symposium on Thursday, 21 November 2019 in Bern. The symposium offers an opportunity to exchange experiences in an interprofessional context and to discuss how to ensure that research findings are implemented in practice and that palliative care research is supported on the long term in Switzerland.


All the details can be found in the program (pdf). Registration is closed.





Symposium program «Research in Palliative Care»


Dr. Myriam Tapernoux
Head of Department