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Applicants and collaborations

Yes. Only one person can act as main-applicant.


No, but it is encouraged.

The main-applicant is in charge of the coordination of the project and in communication with SwissCollNet. Only main-applicants get access to the application portal.

As main-applicant you can only apply for a single project in this call. As co-applicant you can participate in several projects.

Project contents

Yes, in that case your project is ineligible. For more information “FirstCall-Description".

No, a single project can include several chapters on different collections. It is however advised to ensure a coherency between the different components of a project.

Yes, because a partial contribution may exceptionally be made, if archive information is strictly related to specimens subject of the project. In general, archives (text and images with no link to natural history specimens) are not the focus of this call.

The importance of the collection, which needs to be highlighted and argued for in the project submission, is a parameter among others in the evaluation. The feasibility of the study (budget, timeline, experience of the persons involved…) or the methodologies are also relevant parameters.

DarwinCore and ABCDEFG are accepted standards. For further information consult the "Handbook on natural history collections management".

To avoid multiplication of sparely used equipment and to foster collaborations and knowledge exchange.


In theory, no. For example, 3 applicants could consider a collaboration where they all apply for a grant of 200’000 CHF. Considering that they have to bring in the corresponding amount in matching funds, the global budget of the project could be of 1’200’000 CHF.

Yes, each applicant can apply for funding between CHF 25'000.- and CHF 200'000.- This has to be clearly shown in the submitted budget, where all applicants enter their own budget (see provided template).

Yes, as long as the combined funds provided by all applicants match the total amount of the money requested from SwissCollNet.

The funds contributed to an associated applicant have to be part of the total amount of money eligible for main- and co-applicants and are limited to 20% of the total budget of the project.

Yes, but the contributions of this specialist in other institutions than the one he/she is hired cannot count as matching-funds, as long as the salary is payed by funds from SwissCollNet.

If this decrease of in-kind funds cannot be covered by other sources, then the remaining sum provided by SwissCollNet will have to be reduced accordingly.


Yes, it is possible to apply for funds to increase the percentage of his/here employement.

Links with research

No, the focus of SwissCollNet is to improve quality and access of specimens in collections. However, if a project is linked to a research project (e.g. a researcher will use the provided data in his/her research), this will be evaluated favourably.

No, there is no hierarchy between fundamental and applied research.

No, if we are talking about making sure that the specimen names in the collection are up-to-date with the recognised taxonomy. However, using collections to revise the systematics of a group and/or to describe new species is considered as research.


24 months for the projects submitted in the first call.


The data generated should be available through the SVNHC (when it will be operational). And the information about the collections (as asked in the collection survey) shall be submitted to SwissCollNet.

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