Scientific Exchange Programme between the New Member States of the EU and Switzerland


Scientific Exchange Programme between the New Member States of the EU and Switzerland (2009-2016)
The Sciex-NMS programme is funded by the Swiss Confederation (SDC - CRUS) as part of its EU-enlargement contribution.
Sciex-NMS supports scientific exchange between Switzerland with the following New EU Member States (NMS): Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia.
Main goals of the programme:

  • foster capacities of individual researchers
  • prospect and support scientific progress and innovation
  • establish and enhance research collaborations and networks.

The programme is implemented by the CRUS (management and coordination) and a multipartite Steering Committee (operational decisions). 10 Sciex regional offices provide local information and support.

Research grants
Individual research fellowships represent the main Sciex-NMS scientific support scheme. They involve junior (fellows) and senior (mentors) researchers.
Eligible institutions include:

  • Swiss universities and research institutes subsidised by the Confederation¬†(Geneva: UNIGE, HES-SO Geneve, IHEID)
  • NMS universities, academies and national research institutes

Main features of fellowships:
- doctoral or post-doctoral level
- duration of 6-24 months (doc), 6-18 months (post-doc)
- all scientific domains
- full salary and travel costs funded
New application rules (as of September 2012):
- for a doctoral fellowship, start of the fellowship at the earliest 1 year after obtaining the master's degree (date of the examination);
- for a postdoctoral fellowship, start of the fellowship at the latest 5 years after obtaining the doctorate (date of the examination);
Furthermore, candidates who were already granted a Sciex Fellowship, do not have the possibility to apply a second time.

Short Term Visits
Short Term Visits, open to Sciex Mentors from the new member states and Switzerland (no age restriction).

  • Establish a cooperation
  • Visit a Fellow
  • Discuss a follow-up project
  • Duration: Up to five days

Reimbursable Short Term Visits of Sciex Mentors: max. CHF 2'500.- per visit

Last Sciex-NMS calls for proposals !
- 1 November 2013 (call publication: 1st September 2013):
Bulgaria, Czeck Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania
- 1st April 2014 (call publication: 1st January 2014):
Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia (list of countries to be confirmed)
Please refer always to official CRUS application procedures/instructions