PRIMA fellows conduct an independent research project with their own team at a Swiss research institution. PRIMA grants cover the grantee’s salary and project costs for a five-year period.

PRIMA grants are aimed at excellent women researchers who show a high potential for obtaining a professorship.

With this competitive grant, PRIMA fellows can carve out a name for themselves and take the next step up the academic career ladder: a professorship. If a PRIMA grantee is appointed as a professor in Switzerland during the funding period, the remaining amount of the PRIMA grant will be transferred to the new place of work as research funds.


  1. Researchers:
    1. have a doctorate (PhD) or at least three years of research activity after obtaining their higher education degree (equivalent qualification to a doctorate).
    2. Submit their application between two and ten years after their PhD defense or after the date of the equivalent qualification to a doctorate.
    3. have acquired at least two years of research experience after their doctorate or equivalent qualification to a doctorate.
  1. Clinical scientists:
    1. have a medical exam (state examination or equivalent).
    2. have acquired at least three years of clinical work and at least 2 years of research activities after their medical exam.
    3. submit their application up to 14 years after their medical exam.
  1. The time periods are calculated on the basis of the relevant submission deadline for PRIMA applications.

How to Apply and Evaluation procedure:

  1. How to submit an application
  2. The applications must be submitted via the mySNF platform.
  1. mySNF
  2. Guidelines for submitting a PRIMA proposal (English version, PDF, 25 KB)
  1. PRIMA applications are evaluated in two phases.
  2. Evaluation procedure of the SNSF


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