The aim of Spark is to fund the rapid testing or development of new scientific approaches, method, theories, standards and ideas. It is intended for projects that show unconventional thinking and introduce a unique approach. The focus is on promising ideas of high originality.
Applicants can request between CHF 50,000 and CHF 100,000 for a project duration of 6 to 12 months. The Spark grant may cover the applicant’s salary. Applications are evaluated in a double-blind reviewing process: the identity of the applicant is not disclosed to the evaluators.
- Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent qualification;- Applicants must have developed the idea for the proposal themselves;- Applicants must be employed at an eligible Swiss institution.
- A Spark application may only be submitted by one applicant;- Projects that are evaluated under Spark may not be submitted at the same time to any other SNSF funding instrument;- Doctoral students cannot be employed on a Spark project.