The Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation and the SAMS launched the Young Talents in Clinical Research (YTCR) funding programme in 2017 to encourage more young medical doctors to start out in clinical research. At the end of the first funding period (2017 – 2020), the Bangerter Foundation has renewed its funding for four more years (2021 – 2024) with a total of 4 million francs to support young physicians with «protected time for research» and «project grants».
Medical doctors engaged in clinical research are faced with many challenges, including the lack of time, particularly during medical training, and the scarcity of funding for research projects. There is currently no system-inherent support in Switzerland for young doctors starting out in clinical research: they must acquire the necessary theoretical and practical skills mostly on their own. By funding protected time for research and project grants, «Young Talents in Clinical Research» contributes to improving the quality of clinical research in Switzerland and to implementing the Roadmap for developing the next generation of clinical researchers of the Federal Office of Public Health.
Research fields eligible for support
Clinical research is defined here as research involving humans (patients and healthy people) as well as research on the causes and consequences of disease involving material of human origin and health-related personal data that aim to improve the prevention, diagnosis, cure and care of diseases. Clinical research includes quality-controlled scientific investigations on human physiology, pathophysiology or disease; epidemiologic and behavioral studies; outcomes or health services research; studies on the development of new technologies; and clinical trials.
- Beginner grant to finance «protected research time»:
max. CHF 75’000.– per person, spread over 1 to 2 years.
- Project grant for a consecutive research project:
max. CHF 40’000.– per year for up to 2 years.
The research supported must take place in Switzerland.
Assistant doctors working in Switzerland having obtained their medical degree no more than five years before the submission deadline, and who have not been involved in clinical research except during their undergraduate medical studies and/or during their MD thesis, can apply for a beginner grant to start out in clinical research. In a subsequent step, grantees can submit a proposal for a project grant provided that they have obtained their medical degree no more than 8 years before the submission deadline. Exceptions to the eligibility window are possible in justified cases.
Applicants enrolled in a PhD or MD-PhD in clinical research are not eligible for support through the YTCR funding programme.
Grantees are expected to gain formal knowledge in clinical research by attending courses, e.g. of the CTU network, which best fit their clinical specialty and career objectives. In addition, an experienced mentor must guarantee scientific and personal support to the grantee.
The evaluation of applications for a «beginner grant» takes place in two stages: applications are first reviewed by the YTCR Expert Committee; pre-selected applicants are then invited to an interview with the committee which makes a final funding recommendation to the Bangerter Foundation. Applications for a «project grant» are evaluated solely on the basis of the submitted proposal.
Submission of applications
Applications must be written in English and can be registered online after the opening of the call. Details about the application format and submission procedure are available on the registration page and in the FAQ. We kindly ask you to read the FAQ – which will be updated until the launch of the next call – carefully before starting to prepare your application.
Next call for proposals (launch): 31 March 2022
Submission deadline: 30 June 2022
Earliest start of the grant: 1 January 2023