SwissCollNet s’engage à améliorer l'accessibilité de ses collections. Une vision commune et une stratégie à long terme favoriseront l'utilisation des collections d'histoire naturelle pour la recherche, l'enseignement et la société.

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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.

No, you have to be from a different collection-holding institution

Project contents

Yes, in that case your project is ineligible. For more information “Call for proposals 2022-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 150’000 CHF. Considering that they have to bring in the corresponding amount in matching funds, the global budget of the project could be of 900’000 CHF.

Yes, each applicant can apply for funding between CHF 25'000.- and CHF 150'000.- 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.

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

Do we have to do scientific research in the project to be funded?

No, the focus of SwissCollNet is to improve the digital access to the collections for research and society. The focus is on the collections. However, if a project is directly linked to a research project, this will be favourably welcomed.

Is a project that will generate data for an atlas less important than a project contributing to a research subject in evolutionary biology?

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


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.


18 months for the projects submitted in the second 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) have to be submitted to SwissCollNet before applying for a project.

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