Swiss National Science Foundation Synergia Grant
Sinergia promotes the interdisciplinary collaboration of two to four research groups that propose breakthrough research.
The Sinergia regulations provide the legal basis for Sinergia proposals and grants, and describe the conditions for awarding a Sinergia grant.
Interdisciplinary research is defined as research across disciplinary boundaries. In order to achieve the research objectives, it is necessary to integrate elements (theories, methods, concepts, etc.) from two or more disciplines. A similar degree of importance is attached to all the disciplines involved. Collaborative proposals that involve only one discipline or one main discipline supported by auxiliary disciplines should be submitted in SNSF project funding:
An application should be related to disciplines from at least two different research domains of the following SNSF-list:
Collaborative research means that the research goals can only be achieved if two or more applicants combine their complementary expertise and knowledge in a new, joint research approach. The collaboration of research groups from different types of institutions (UASs, UTEs, universities, ETH/EPF, etc.) is also welcome.
Breakthrough research is distinguished by a high potential for shifting or invalidating paradigms. This type of research questions or goes beyond existing models, theories, doctrines, research approaches, methods, etc. It opens up new research fields and is often of a high-risk, high-reward nature.