Funding Programs

The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials offers the following programs to promote equal opportunities, foster the career of young women in science, and support female and male researchers with family care duties:

Research Fellowship Program for Women in Science. The fellowship seeks to support the professional development of outstanding female researchers who have already demonstrated excellence at an early stage of their careers and wish to pursue an academic career. The fellowships support the residency of researchers in the laboratory of one of the research groups of the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials. The program funds original research ideas of the applicants. Further information can be found here

120% support grants for NCCR participants. The grant provides more flexibility to PhD students and postdocs at a critical stage of their career and needing to take care of their children. It allows researchers to reduce their work-time percentage and hire a support person for the same period, to minimize delays in their research work. The grant may also be used to cover child care costs. If you are interested in applying for this grant, please contact the Coordinator of the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials, Dr. Lucas Montero.

Childcare support during travel. The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials awards financial support to cover extra childcare expenses due added caregiving needs resulting from traveling to a professional event (i.e. project meeting, academic conference or workshop, professional training). Further details can be found here.


The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) offers a range of funding schemes to contribute to gender equality in research.

SNSF Gender Equality

SNSF, Marie Heim-Vögtlin (MHV) Grants

SNSF, 120% Support Grant

SNSF, Gender Equality Grant


L’Oréal Schweiz in collaboration with the UNESCO Swiss Commission and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences launched a biennial scholarship to encourage women to pursue a career in research and promote excellence.

Swiss Academy of Arts and Sciences; Program “For Women in Science”

The National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR) are a research instrument of the Swiss National Science Foundation
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