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Opportunity profile: Cross-cutting projects shine for Swiss funder


Velux Stiftung offers project grants in an eclectic range of subjects linked to daylight

Top tips

  • Connecting different fields is strongly encouraged in bids, especially when this isn’t supported by other funders.
  • Velux Stiftung likes to see the transfer of results from previous research.
  • Grants applications in ophthalmology should focus on low- and middle-income countries.
  • A potential fourth funding area, in forestry and climate change, is under consideration.

For researchers with ideas for projects a little different from the norm, Velux Stiftung might provide a welcome ray of light. The Swiss funder, founded by the inventor of Velux windows, awards grants of CHF50,000 to CHF100,000 (€45,000 to €90,000) annually for projects lasting up to four years. It specifically asks applicants to explain why their project is not eligible for funding by other sources.

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