About SPI Flagship Initiatives

SPI Flagship Initiatives are multi-annual programmes combining science and technology projects from different disciplines and different groups/institutions in Switzerland around a polar focus region. The funding is focused on field campaigns (logistics, safety, etc.), data management, outreach, and programme coordination, thus providing temporary infrastructure for a Swiss-led polar research programme.

For further information please read the detailed description of the SPI Flagship Initiatives framework and scope provided in the SPI Flagship Initiatives – Call for proposals.

Two SPI Flagship Initiatives starting in 2022

We are excited to announce that the first two SPI Flagship Initiatives have now been selected for funding and will begin their work in early 2022. The two selected programmes are:


From ice to microorganisms and humans: Toward an interdisciplinary understanding of climate change impacts on the Third Pole.
PIs: Dr. Francesca Pellicciotti (WSL) and Prof. Martin Hölzle (University of Fribourg)
Swiss partner institutions*: EPFL, UniBe, ETHZ, WSL, UniFr, PSI, UZH, UniGe

Programme Homepage: https://pamir-project.ch

Press Release: "1.5 million Swiss francs for cryospheric research in Central Asia"


Greenlandic Fjord ecosystems in a changing climate: Socio-cultural and environmental interactions
PI: Prof. Julia Schmale (EPFL)
Swiss Partner institutions*EPFL, UniL, ETHZ, WSL, UZH

Programme Homepage:https://greenfjord-project.ch

Press Release: "New research programme will study fjord ecosystems in Greenland"



*’partner institutions involves institutions of PI, sub-PI, and other participants 

Both SPI Flagship Initiatives will be implementing ambitious science programmes from 2022 - 2026.