With the «Young Talents in Clinical Research» program, the SAMS and the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation aim at encouraging young medical doctors to venture into clinical research. For the period 2017 – 2020, CHF 1 million per year is made available by the Bangerter Foundation to support young physicians working in Switzerland with «protected time for research» and «project grants».
Medical doctors engaged in clinical research are faced with many challenges, including the lack of time, particularly during medical training, and the scarcity of funding for research projects. There is currently no system-inherent support in Switzerland for young doctors starting out in clinical research: they must acquire the necessary theoretical and practical skills mostly on their own. By funding protected time for research and project grants, «Young Talents in Clinical Research» contributes to improving the quality of clinical research in Switzerland and to implementing the Roadmap for developing the next generation of clinical researchers of the Federal Office of Public Health.
Research fields eligible for support
Clinical research is defined here as research involving test subjects or material of human origin where, unlike basic research, the researcher has contact with people. Research fields eligible for support include patient-oriented research, epidemiological studies, outcome-based research and healthcare research.
- Beginner grant to finance «protected research time»:
max. CHF 75’000.– per person, spread over 1 to 2 years.
- Project grant for a consecutive research project:
max. CHF 40’000.– per year for up to 2 years.
The research supported must take place in Switzerland.
Medical doctors working in Switzerland, having obtained their medical degree no more than five years before the submission deadline can apply for a beginner grant to start out in clinical research. In a subsequent step, grantees can submit a proposal for a project grant provided that they have obtained their medical degree no more than 8 years before the submission deadline. Exceptions to the eligibility window are possible in justified cases.
Grantees are expected to gain formal knowledge in clinical research by attending courses, e.g. of the CTU network, which best fit their clinical specialty and career objectives. In addition, an experienced mentor must guarantee scientific and personal support to the grantee.
The evaluation of applications for a «beginner grant» takes place in two stages: applications are first reviewed by the YTCR Expert Committee; pre-selected applicants are then invited to an interview with the committee which makes a final funding recommendation to the Bangerter Foundation. Applications for a «project grant» are evaluated solely on the basis of the submitted proposal.
Submission of applications
Applications can only be submitted within an open call for proposals. The next call is planned for 31 March 2020. Applications must be written in English and registered online. Details about the application format and submission procedure are available on the registration page and in the FAQ. The content of both pages will be updated until the launch of the 2020 call.
Next call for proposals: 31 March 2020
Submission deadline: 30 June 2020
Earliest start of the grant: 1 January 2021