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 a period of four years 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 test subjects or material of human origin where, unlike basic research, the researcher has contact with people. Research fields eligible for support include patient-oriented research, epidemiological studies, outcome-based research and healthcare research.
- 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.
Medical doctors working in Switzerland, having obtained their medical degree no more than five years* before the submission deadline 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.
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.
* For the 2020 call for proposals, 5 months are added to the eligibility window for all applicants following the postponement of the submission deadline from 30 June to 30 November 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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 (call 2020)
Applications must be written in English and registered online. 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 carefully before starting to prepare your application.
Submission deadline: 30 November 2020
Earliest start of the grant: 1 June 2021
Call for proposals 2021 with adapted regulations
The 2020 call closes the first secured funding period for the programme. The Bangerter Foundation has renewed its support for a period of four years with a total amount of 4 million francs. From 2021 to 2024 the programme will focus on its original target group, with regulations that will be slightly adapted until the launch of the next call for proposals. MD-PhD candidates in clinical research, whose profiles only partially meet the programme aim and scope, will no longer be supported; these profiles need to be financed by other means.
The next call for proposals will be launched at the end of March via newsletter. The deadline for submission is 30 June 2021.