About SPI Flagship Initiatives

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

The SPI Flagship Initiatives will be a unique opportunity and there will be only one call for proposal for the period 2021-2024.

Timeline & Multi-stage Proposal Process

SPI Flagship Initiatives will be tailored to the specific research needs of the Swiss polar science community and the process of their definition is designed to be bottom-up, driven by scientists and supported by the SPI. In order to enable such a process the call for proposals will consist of several stages.

The call for pre-proposal closed on  23 April 2021.

Based on the assessment of pre-proposals by an international expert panel, applicants may be invited to submit a full proposal. The deadline for the full proposal will be 22 October 2021 and results of the review process will be announced in mid-December 2021.

Further Information

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 identical online information events were held online on 19 and 26 February 2021 and the recording of the first information event is available here. Questions asked during the information events are summarized in the SPI Flagship Initiatives FAQ (last updated 16-03-2021).