SPI Technogrants

In August 2019, the SPI will issue the first call of its new funding instrument specific to the development of instrumentation and technology relevant to polar sciences. The call for proposals will remain open for two months. A brief description of the funding scheme can be found below. Guidelines and clarification on eligibility and the evaluation process will be issued together with call.

The SPI Technogrants in a nutshell

The SPI Technogrants will support Swiss developments of technologies relevant for research in Polar  regions (and other extreme environments such as remote high-altitude regions).

Technogrants can serve the improvement and adaptation of technologies, which will make them more applicable for extreme environments, or support new technological developments to be used in the field.

Target public

The grants are open for all researchers established at a Swiss research institution. Projects can be submitted by PIs at all stages of their career (from master-level to senior scientists).

Private companies and start-ups are eligible to join the project as partners but should work within a project coordinated by a research institution. They cannot submit projects and act as PIs for the project.

Eligible costs and financial support

The fund is destined to cover project costs for up to 50’000 CHF per successfully evaluated grant. A detailed budget will be requested from each applicant. Funding of the project can be complemented from other sources.

Eligible costs will include: All costs related to the conception, development, testing (especially in the extreme environments in which it is supposed to operate), upgrading and adjusting of science support technologies in a broad sense. Field travel and logistics costs for testing purposes are also eligible.


For 2019, SPI will award grants for a total amount of 150’000.- CHF per year.

For more information, contact spi-grants@epfl.ch