SNSF Temporary Backup Scheme
145 researchers with destination Switzerland applied to the SNSF Starting Grant 2014, which was put in place as Temporary Backup Scheme by the Swiss National Science Foundation. This number of applicants compares with the number of Swiss applications to the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant in previous years.
ERC Starting Grants
3272 proposals were submitted to the ERC Starting Grant 2014 competition - the first one under the new EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020 - which closed on 27 March 2014. After years of substantial increases in the number of ERC applications received, the demand for Starting Grants has stabilised (3329 in 2013). This development can be partially explained by the (i) recently introduced restrictions in resubmissions rules, and (ii) applications coming from research institutions based in Switzerland were for the first time not eligible in this competition. In this call, the distribution by the three ERC domains was as follows: 1494 proposals were submitted in 'Physical Sciences and Engineering' , 1030 in 'Life Sciences' and 748 in 'Social Sciences and Humanities'.
The results of both the SNSF Temporary Backup Scheme & the ERC Starting Grants are expected to be published in the autumn of 2014.