ETH Zurich Career Seed Grants

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ETH Zurich Career Seed Grants for Postdoctoral Researchers are intended to offer a funding opportunity for postdoctoral projects and thus to provide support to promising young researchers at the ETH Zurich in an early career stage in establishing their own record of independent research - a valuable step forward in their research careers.

The new funding scheme is open to all fields of science represented at the ETH Zurich, ranging from basic to applied research, and will support projects with the scope of exploring or developing novel, ambitious ideas, new research directions and/or collaborations by covering the required running and material costs.

All proposals will be evaluated through the ETH Zurich Research Commission. Detailed information on requirements, the application procedure and scientific assessment of Career Seed Grant applications is given in the guidelines (PDF, 40 KB). Please, also check out the Q&A (PDF, 44 KB) provided in the link list.  

Part of the funding for Career Seed Grants will come from donations to the ETH Zurich Foundation. Where applicable, Career Seed Grant holders may be invited to present their project in front of a Partnership Council, which is an information and dialogue event between ETH partner companies and ETH researchers in a certain area.

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Researchers eligible to apply must hold a doctoral/ PhD degree and an academic, non-permanent position as a post-doctoral researcher at the ETH Zurich for the intended duration of the project. Applicants should already possess a first record of scientific achievements at ETH Zurich.

Postdoctoral Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) are eligilble to apply in the field of energy research, but must conform to all other conditions specified in the guidelines. 

Important: Each application must be validated by a letter of support from the host professor that indicates approval of the submission, or else eligibility rules do not apply.


Projects will be funded with a lump sum of CHF 30'000 per project for up to one year.

Funding is mainly intended to cover running costs, but will also cover salaries for short-term personnel support (e.g., for field assistants or technicians). Funding may not be used for the applicant's own salary or to support doctoral students.

Partnership Councils and ETH Zurich Foundation project funds

In the 5 thematic areas listed below, Partnership Councils are regularly organized and thematic project funds have been established with donations to the ETH Zurich Foundation. If a project proposal matches one of the topics below, it must be indicated on the application cover sheet.

If an application is successful, the grant holder may subsequently be invited to one of the next Partnership Councils. In select cases, also applicants may be invited to attend a Partnership Council before or during the evaluation. However, the evaluation criteria and standards for project proposals with or without allocation to a Partnership Council remain equal.

• Sustainable Construction
• Integrative Risk Research
• Manufacturing, Processes and Materials
• World Food System
• Energy


Submission deadlines are March 1 and September 1 at 11.59 p.m. CET.

Submission procedure

To apply for a Career Seed Grant, applicants must use the templates provided in the document download area and follow these steps:

  1. Download the files.
  2. Fill out the forms and complete other necessary documents.
  3. Convert all documents to PDF format and consolidate them into a single file.
  4. Submit the proposal as a single pdf-file by email to .
  5. Request the host professor to submit a letter of support by email to until the submission deadline.

Applications not complying with the guidelines will be rejected on formal grounds.

When to expect a decision

Notification of decisions made by the Vice President Research will normally be sent to the Principal Investigator within approximately 4 months of the submission deadline.

Further information

For further information on Career Seed Grants, please contact .

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