The SAMS and the Gottfried und Julia Bangerter-Rhyner-Stiftung are jointly launching the funding programme «Young talents in clinical research». The aim of this programme is to enable young, interested medical doctors to have a first research experience by funding «protected time» for research and «project grants».
There are currently only few funding schemes available to support young medical doctors wishing to venture into clinical research. Scientifically well-educated and well-trained research-oriented medical doctors are however essential to improve and maintain the quality of clinical research in Switzerland. This is where this funding programme comes into play, thereby contributing to the implementation of the
Roadmap for developing the next generation of clinical researchers published in 2016 by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
The Bangerter-Stiftung is making funding available of CHF 1 million per year for the period from 2017 to 2020. A minimum of one call is planned each year.
What research fields are 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.
The programme «Young talents in clinical research» foresees a two-step support:
- Ad personam grants to finance «protected research time» for young medical doctors making their first steps in clinical research (max. CHF 75’000.– per person, spread over one to two years, of which 2/3 as a grant and 1/3 as a loan);
- Grantees can then apply for project support to finance their own, small research project (max. CHF 40’000.– per year, for a maximum of two years).
Medical doctors working in Switzerland who meet the following criteria by the submission deadline are eligible:
- For an ad personam beginner grant: they have passed the medical state examination no more than five years ago;
- For a project grant: they have already been supported by a beginner grant through this programme and have passed the medical state examination no more than eight years ago.
Exceptions to the eligibility time window are possible in justified cases.
A mentor with experience in clinical research must guarantee an adequate scientific and personal support to the candidate during the entire grant period. This support shall be documented in the application.
Grantees are expected to gain basic knowledge in clinical research during the support period. They can attend courses offered by the CTU network which best fit their clinical specialty and career objectives. The type of courses to attend and the expected degree must be specified in the application.
The research supported takes place in Switzerland.
Evaluation of applications
Applications are reviewed by an SAMS Expert Committee. The committee decides which of the applications submitted will be proposed to the Bangerter Stiftung Board of Trustees for funding.
The submission deadline for the first call is 30 June 2017. Awarded grants can start in January 2018 at the earliest.
Applications must be written in English. Details about the application format and submission procedure can be found here: Online Registration