Käthe Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund

With resources from the Käthe Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund, the SAMS has supported research projects in biomedical ethics – particularly clinical and public health ethics – since 2006. The annual call for proposals is either thematically open (and primarily addressed to young researchers) or restricted to a specific topic.

Results of the 2018 call for proposals

The 2018 call for proposals from the KZS Fund focused on the topic of coercion in medical practice. A total of CHF 250’000.– was made available to support theoretical and empirical research projects investigating coercion in a variety of forms, ranging from explicitly coercive measures to implicit coercion.


Out of the 27 submitted proposals, three projects were selected for funding. The Central Ethics Committee of the SAMS will monitor the supported projects and take their results into account in the planned evaluation of its guidelines «Coercive measures in medicine».


You can find an overview of all the projects supported by the KZS Fund in the synopsis below (pdf).


2019 call for proposals

The next call for proposals will be launched in Spring 2019. Whether the call will be restricted to a specific topic or primarily addressed to young researchers will be decided by then. The details will be published here and via our newsletter.


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Dr. Myriam Tapernoux
Head of Department