Information for researchers

  • Teleworking

    In accordance with the decisions of the Federal Council and the State Council of the Canton of Fribourg, teleworking is obligatory if the nature of the activity allows it and it is possible without disproportionate effort. The direct superiors/responsible persons of the organisational units define for the employees reporting to them the form in which the activities are carried out (teleworking or presence on site), in compliance with the health protection measures. Employees who are particularly at risk (supported by a medical certificate on request) carry out their work at home.

    It is incumbent on the supervisors or heads of the units/groups to draw up attendance and prevention plans for their own staff and other persons (especially students), for which they are responsible and which comply with the general requirements.

  • Events

    Business trips should be limited as far as possible. In addition, the federal regulations on quarantine apply, and it is recommended to follow the guidelines and recommendations of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

    Internal meetings or events involving more than 15 persons are prohibited; they may no longer be organised or must be cancelled. 

    Exceptions are meetings of university bodies and commissions that cannot be postponed, organised by videoconference or by means of circulation; these meetings may be held in person up to a maximum of 50 people.

    If meetings or events are permitted in attendance, the protective measures must be observed and a list of participants must be kept.

    Irrespective of this and in general, it is recommended to limit the holding of meetings and events in attendance form and to organise meetings preferably via the MS Teams application. MS Teams can be accessed from the corresponding page of the IT service catalogue (in German or French), or by logging in directly at with your university ID (e-mail address and password).

    The organisation of aperitifs is prohibited.

    Coffee breaks during meetings and other events must take place in the refectories and cafeterias.

  • Fixed-term contracts

    The Rectorate plans to extend expiring fixed-term contracts of researchers financed by the university's regular budget in cases where the termination of employment due to the COVID 19 crisis has serious consequences for those concerned (e.g. because they were unable to advance their PhD thesis as intended). Since the individual constellations in this regard vary greatly, the Rectorate asks those affected to contact the faculty and the Rectorate together with their superiors or to draft the corresponding applications.

Current information

17.04.2020 - Updates on new Covid 19 calls

Launch of National Research Programme (NRP) "Covid-19"

The SNSF is launching on behalf of the Federal Council a special National Research Programme (NRP) "Covid-19". This special programme will aim to generate recommendations for overcoming the corona crisis in Switzerland,

The call will be open between 30 April and 25 May 2020.

Press release of the Swiss government on NRP “Covid-19”

17.04.2020 - AXA Research Fund

Exceptional Flash call: Mitigating risk in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Topics Focus (applications only in English): 

  • Protecting vulnerable populations from epidemics and catastrophes, including COVID-19
  • Improving data collection and quality in health
  • Understanding the effects of confinement and social distancing
  • Early warning and preparedness
  • Preserving the environment and our health 

Eligibility: 6-10 years after PhD
Deadline: 7 May 2020
IMPORTANT: only one candidate per Department, so has to be coordinated.

Read the Guidelines

01.04.2020 - Updates from the SNSF

SNSF has launched two websites regarding the corona-related situation. They aim to clarify questions the researchers might have, such as: new deadlines, salaries, adherence to timetables and budgets and more. Those pages are being regularly updated.

25.03.2020 - Updates Concerning H2020 Policies

In relation to the COVID-19 outbreak, new Horizon 2020 FAQs have been posted.

19.03.2020 - Important Notices for Researchers

Concerning your running and future SNF projects, please refer to the website of the SNF where detailed information, e.g. about possible prolongations, and possible deadline changes are advertised.

The Research Council meetings take place as planned, just virtually, hence no delays in decisions are to be expected in the current situation.

Extension of deadlines in Horizon 2020 (not for IMI and EIC-SME). Detailed information on the Funding & Tenders Portal.

Innosuisse has not planned any changes in procedures so far. They are, However, open to adjustments on a case-by-case basis.
Innosuisse advises to check with the academic's partner industries if there are problems meeting the deadlines, in which case  the industries should ask Innosuisse for a deadline change.

For more information please consult the Innosuisse page