Research Grants for Principal Investigators
Call for Proposals 2017

Submission Deadline 31st July 2017

Synapsis Foundation - Alzheimer Research Switzerland ARS announces a Research Grants competition. The goal of the Synapsis Foundation is to support innovative research projects on Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

This mechanism supports postdoctoral and PhD research projects (submitted by principal investigators) at Swiss Universities and Research Institutions.

A Synapsis Foundation project funding is granted up to CHF 300’000 for a period of maximum 3 years (e.g. CHF 100´000 per year for a three-year project). Institutions may not charge indirect or overhead costs on these awards.


  • Basic research in genetics, molecular and cell biology of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementing illnesses
  • Innovative approaches towards the pre-symptomatic diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease
  • We welcome high-risk proposals based on sound science and on truly original ideas


All applications must be submitted by the principal investigator, in English. The project proposal form is available here and should include:
-> Scientific abstract
-> Introduction to the topic
-> Specific goals of the project and detailed research plan
-> Detailed budget
-> Disclosure of all other funding sources (confirmed and pending decisions)
-> Curriculum vitae (incl. a list of top 10 papers from the last 10 years)

All applications must be submitted electronically to


Proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Advisory Board of the Synapsis Foundation. The central criteria for evaluation are originality, scientific quality, feasibility, experience and past performance of the main applicant, as well as relevance to the call. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Final decision for funding lies with the Board of Trustees of the foundation. The decision of the Board of Trustees is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Submission deadline is 31st July 2017.
Funding decisions will be announced by December 15th, 2017.


If you have questions regarding any aspects of the Call for Proposals 2017, please contact the deputy managing director of the Synapsis Foundation Viktorija Rion -, +41 76 496 67 69.

Research Grants for Principal Investigators, Call for Proposals 2017 (pdf, 260 KB)
Application Form for PIs (Word, 290)

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