FAQ - Proof of Concept
I finished my Bachelor/Master/PhD more than 4 years ago. Can I still apply for BRIDGE Proof of Concept funding?
BRIDGE would like to support young researchers to apply their recent research results. Therefore, the limitation to applicants max. 4 years after their respective graduation is strict.
I did my Bachelor/Master/PhD at a non-Swiss institution. Can I still apply for a BRIDGE Proof of Concept project?
Yes, if you find a Swiss host institution that supports you for the duration of the project. Please carefully read Article 3 in the call document.
I am already in contact with an implementation partner. Can it directly benefit from BRIDGE Proof of Concept funding?
Companies or any other institution having commercial purposes cannot directly receive funding by BRIDGE. An implementation partner can however be considered as a collaboration partner.
We invented a new technology as a team and have been working on the concept together until now. Is it possible to apply to a BRIDGE Proof of Concept as several co-applicants?
The BRIDGE Proof of Concept is a one-person grant. Therefore, it is not possible to apply as several co-applicants. However, if compatible with the project, further persons can participate in the project as co-workers and profit from the funding granted to the applicant.
Can I follow a parallel project or e.g. teach at my host institution during my BRIDGE Proof of Concept project?
We expect you to dedicate 100% of your time to your BRIDGE Proof of Concept project and entirely focus on the set goals.
How do I consider the overhead paid to my host institution in the budget I have to provide when submitting the proposal via mySNF?
The overhead is directly paid to the institution if your project is funded. You don’t have to consider it in the budget you provide on mySNF. The maximum amount of eligible costs must not exceed CHF 130,000 for 12 months, including social benefits (see Article 12 in the call document).
I will not be able to come to Bern for the interview. Is it possible to participate via videoconference?
No, the panel would like to see the applicants in person. Please contact the Bridge Office if you are invited to an interview but are not able to attend.
When do you communicate the decision if my Proof of Concept project is funded or not?
In general, the evaluation process takes 3 months. If not stated differently, all decisions are communicated in the week before the earliest possible starting date (see call document, Article 14).
Where do I find the projects that have been funded?
FAQ - Discovery
I applied for a Discovery project in April. When will I be informed if I am invited for an interview or not?
The BRIDGE Discovery proposals are still under evaluation. All the applicants will receive an email in the beginning of November to inform them if they are invited for an interview on the 13/14 November 2017 or not.
In mySNF, what kind of document is exactly expected in the section “Confirmation of IP Agreement”?
In case you are applying as a consortium, you must provide a document confirming that you came to an agreement or are working on an IP agreement between all the institutes applying for the grant. The agreement itself is not required but only a written confirmation that such an agreement exists.
What is expected in the “innovation roadmap” section of the project proposal?
The innovation roadmap is a description of how the project will run during and after the duration of the BRIDGE Discovery fund. It should be explained how and in which form the innovation will be implemented later on the market. The planned implementation should be detailed if possible.
Will there be a second Discovery call in 2017?
Due to the high number of applications received for the first Discovery call, the two first calls have been merged to provide more funds for this first call. Therefore, the next Discovery call will take place in the beginning of 2018. The date will be announced on the Bridge website.
FAQ - General
Do you treat the submitted proposals confidentially?
Yes, all persons involved in the evaluation of the proposals are bound to confidentiality.
Proof of Concept
Submission deadlines for Proof of Concept projects
- 5th call: 11 December 2017
- 6th call: 19 March 2018
- 7th call: 04 June 2018
- 8th call: 10 September 2018
- 9th call: 10 December 2018
- Deadline always 17:00 CET
- 4th call: 08/09 November 2017
- 5th call: 08/09 February 2018
- 6th call: 24/25 May 2018
- 7th call: 09/10 August 2018
- 8th call: 15/16 November 2018
- Interviews of the 2nd call:
26/27 November 2018