The annual call for proposals of the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) Exploratory Grants, offering complementary funding for scientists active in polar regions and remote high-altitude areas is open. 

The grants are destined to cover costs for up to 40’000 CHF per successfully evaluated project. A detailed budget will be requested from each applicant. For this year (2019), the total budget allocated to SPI Exploratory Grants will be capped at 150’000 CHF.

The SPI Exploratory Grants will support Swiss based scientists active in polar regions (including remote high-altitude regions such as the Andes and the Himalayas) by allowing them to launch short-term new ideas (for example pilot projects), fund additional field work or launch new collaborations with financial support for logistics. Collaboration with new teams or across disciplines are particularly encouraged, as well as participation in larger/international activities. The grants can be used to complement the funding of initiatives supported by larger funding schemes (e.g. SNSF, EU, etc.).

Target public

The SPI Exploratory Grants are complementary to the existing Polar Access Fund (specifically focused on early career scientists) and SPI Technogrants (focused on technology developments). Consequently, eligibility will be limited to established researchers or post-docs (at least 3 years after PhD graduation). The grants are open to all researchers employed by a Swiss public research institution.

Researchers from all fields of research, also fields considered as “non-typical” for polar sciences (eg. engineering, materials, medicine, humanities and social sciences, etc.), are encouraged to apply if they have a project to be conducted in a polar context.

For fieldtrips funding targeted at early-career scientists, please consider the SPI Polar Access Fund.

Geographic focus

The SPI Exploratory Grants funds Swiss scientists active in polar regions, the Arctic and Antarctic, according to the SPI’s high latitude focus.

High-altitude research is an essential part of SPI and an important complementary area of interest to high latitude poles. However, funding of fieldwork and logistics for high-altitude research will concentrate on projects contributing to comparative high-altitude studies in support of polar issues and on complex and expensive logistics for fieldwork in remote high-altitude areas.

The deadline for submission is set for 23 October.

To apply or more information, please see the SPI website. 

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