Call for application


Swiss Bridge is a private foundation associated with the Swiss Cancer League, the Swiss Cancer Research foundation and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and supports high-quality cancer research in Europe. This year, young investigators* with projects focusing on immuno-oncology biomarkers** are eligible for application.

Investigators from academic and cancer research institutions in Europe are invited to submit a note of intent for a new cancer research project on or before 30 April 2018.

The proposals will be evaluated by an international scientific jury. 6 – 8 investigators will be shortlisted and invited to submit a detailed research application by mid-June 2018. Upon peer review and recommendation from the scientific jury, up to 3 projects will receive funding amounting to a total support of 500 000 Swiss francs.

The winners will be invited to an award ceremony to be held in Zurich in October 2018.

The entire note of intent including attachments may not exceed 6 pages (3 000 words) and must include:

  • the title of the project
  • the name, address and affiliation of the principal investigator
  • the domain of research (basic, clinical, translational, other – please specify)
  • the principal investigator’s short curriculum vitae
  • a support letter from the employer
  • the name(s), address(es) and affiliation(s) of the co-applicant(s) (CVs are not required)
  • the project period (max. 3 years)
  • the amount of financial support requested (max. 300 000 Swiss francs)
    Please note: The award does not cover any indirect, infrastructure or overhead costs, which must be met by the research institution.
  • a summary of the project (1–2 pages)
  • a list of up to 10 publications by the principal investigator (please provide the following information: h-index, total number of publications and total sum of citations) and
  • a statement regarding the relevance and potential contribution of the project to cancer control (1–2 pages)

Please ensure the information provided in your proposal is complete and adheres to the above guidelines before submitting a pdf-document by email to

* Please note that the term young investigator refers to early stage researchers under the age of 45 holding a PhD or MD and having obtained an independent position at a hospital, university, or research institute in Europe (e.g. junior group leaders, assistant professors, lecturers, scientists establishing their own research group).

** Any kind of biomarker relevant for prognosis, treatment prediction or response to cancer-immunotherapy (e.g. immune response markers, gene expression signatures, exosomes, non-coding RNAs, immune cell populations, cf-DNA/ct-DNA, cytokine profiles, etc.).