Funding & Event Sponsoring

Based on the Funding Principles and Funding Regulations, the Swiss Government has allocated a total of CHF 68 million to SPHN for the first period 2017-2020 of which 50 million are under the responsibility of the National Steering Board (NSB) and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS).

The remainder is dedicated to the BioMedIT project which is under the responsibility of SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. The matching funds' principle applies to all financial contributions, i.e. the participating institutions must provide their own contributions (in cash and/or in-kind) to match the funds provided by SPHN (see Funding Regulations).

The Swiss Government renewed the mandate of the Swiss Academies of Medical Sciences (SAMS) and the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics for a second SPHN funding period for 2021 to 2024. From a total budget of 66.9 Mio CHF, 50 Mio are under the responsibility of the NSB and the SAMS, the remainder is dedicated to BioMedIT.

Project Funding

SPHN supports projects that fall into one of the instruments described below. To take advantage of the entire ecosystem, two coordinated Calls for Proposals were organized with the Strategic Focus Area 'Personalized Health and Related Technologies (PHRT) of the ETH Domain during the 2017-2021 funding period.

In 2021, together with PHRT, a joint Call for Proposals for National Data Streams (NDS) is launched. This new format provides funding to multidisciplinary consortia that invest in sustainable and reusable health-related data infrastructure development in conjunction with high-end research.

Event Sponsoring

As per SPHN's Funding Regulations, sponsoring can only be provided to Swiss higher education institutions (ETH-Domain, Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences) and University Hospitals, as well as other research institutions recognized by SERI.

SPHN event sponsorship is designed to primarily (objectives are cumulative):

  • Increase visibility of the SPHN initiative as a whole;
  • Inform the community on infrastructure development and research activities in the field of Personalized Health, while breaking existing silos between different research areas;
  • Disseminate information about existing or newly built infrastructure, that will contribute to the goals of SPHN on reaching interoperability of health-related data at the national level.

Requests for SPHN event sponsorship is subject to the following criteria:

  • Topic: The conference program has a strong relevance to the activities and goals of SPHN and contributes to breaking silos among the different disciplines of Personalized Health research;
  • Location: The event (conference, workshop, roundtable, summer school, etc.) is organized and takes place in Switzerland;
  • Amount requested from SPHN: The SPHN conference sponsorship can either be a fixed lump sum (max. CHF 5’000.-) or a deficit guarantee (max. CHF 20’000.-);
  • Budget: The budget indicates all sources of funding (planned, requested or allocated) as well as anticipated expenses. The conference budget shall not aim at creating a profit for the parent organization;
  • Matching financial support: the matching financial support from the applicants shall be at least equal or greater than  (>=50%) the amount requested from SPHN;
  • Acknowledgment: SPHN is acknowledged as sponsor in conference presentations/proceedings;
  • Terms and conditions: The sponsorship conditions are contractually stipulated. In the case of a deficit guarantee, the sponsored party shall submit a financial report with details on the actuals costs to SPHN. In case the event closes on a surplus (positive balance), the sponsors shall be reimbursed proportionally to their contributions.
  • Submission: Applications are reviewed 3-4 times per year and should be submitted no later than 2 months before the event.

Related documents:
Event Sponsorship Guidelines (version: 16.05.2019)
Event Sponsorship Application Template (version: 22.05.2019)

How to submit an event sponsoring request?

Applications are reviewed 3-4 times per year and should be submitted no later than 2 months before the event.

Applications should be made using the application template and submitted by E-mail to

Sponsoring requests are formally checked by the SPHN Management Office and discussed by the NSB Ausschuss. The decision is communicated to the applicants in the form of a ruling/contract.

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