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Can one apply for a beginner grant and for a project grant at the same time?

The programme is conceived in two consecutive steps and applicants cannot apply for both types of support at the same time: Young clinicians can start out in clinical research thanks to a beginner grant guaranteeing them protected time for research. Interested grantees then have the possibility to apply for a project grant to consolidate the aquired research skills during the next two years.


Who can apply for a project grant?

Project grants can only be requested by recipients of a Young Talents in Clinical Research beginner grant. Recipients of other types of grants or fellowships are not eligible to apply for project funding within the YTCR programme.


What is the earliest and latest possible start date of a grant?

For the 2018 call, beginner grants can start on 1 January 2019 at the earliest. The start of the grant can be postponed for up to 12 months, i.e. until 1 January 2020 at the latest.


In what language must the application be submitted?

The application and all the requested documents must be submitted in English.


What type of clinical research is eligible for support?

Clinical research is defined as research involving test subjects or material of human origin where, unlike basic research, the researcher has contact with people. The research fields eligible for support include patient-oriented research, epidemiological studies, outcome-based research and healthcare research.


What is expected from the mentor and from the host clinic?

The mentor must guarantee in a written confirmation 1) personal supervision of the grantee, 2) integration into the research activities of the host institution and 3) access to the necessary infrastructure for the entire duration of the grant. The amount of financial support offered (consumables, etc.) should also be specified. In addition, the mentor should comment on the project and describe how they intend to support the applicant beyond the grant period for her/his next career steps.


The department responsible must guarantee in a binding letter that the requested research time will be freed up from clinical activities during the entire support period.


How much time must be reserved for research during a beginner grant?

Applicants can request, in accordance with their mentor and the department responsible of their clinic, the amount of protected time that best fits their research project and career objectives within the CHF 75’000.– that can be awarded. The percentage of salary reserved for research and the corresponding requested amount must be specified in the budget submitted with the application. The amount granted to cover research activities depends on the local salary range of each host institution and must be clarified by the applicant before the submission of the application.


What kind of costs can be covered by a beginner grant?

A beginner grant covers the portion of the main applicant's salary reserved for research activities during the support period (direct research costs for consumables or equipment must be covered by the host institution).


What kind of costs can be covered by a project grant?

A project grant covers the direct research costs necessary to the realization of the project (costs for consumables, equipment, etc.). The salary of the main applicant must be covered by the host institution.


How does the blended funding model work for beginner grants?

An ad-personam beginner grant is awarded as a combination of grant (2/3 of the awarded amount) and interest-free loan (1/3 of the awarded amount). The period during which the loan must be repaid to the Bangerter-Foundation is specified in a binding contract signed by the grantee and the Foundation before the opening of the grant.


What is expected in term of theoretical training during the grant?

Grantees are expected to gain basic knowledge in clinical research during the support period. They are encouraged to attend courses, offered e.g. by the CTU network, which best fit their clinical specialty and career objectives. The type of courses that they plan to attend and the expected degree must be specified in the application.




Dr. Myriam Tapernoux
Head of Department