Principal Investigator Initiative
Call for Applications

**update 5 November 2021: PII Call is now closed. Thank you to everyone that submitted applications.**

The Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH) leads scientifically outstanding and innovative research in improving the health and well-being of children and adolescents worldwide. 

The BRCCH is pleased to open a Call for applications for research projects for its new Principal Investigator Initiative (PII). The PII aims to drive interdisciplinary research that addresses critical challenges in global paediatric health and medicine.  The Call seeks translational research projects that deliver novel innovations across paediatric health diagnosis, disease treatment and prevention. The Call also welcomes projects that aim to advance the implementation and uptake of step-changing paediatric health interventions, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Research proposals are expected to be scientifically outstanding, highly translational and relevant to BRCCH’s mission to deliver the best science to young people most in need. Proposals are required to align with the scope of at least one of the following research areas:


BRCCH invites applications from researchers from its four partner institutions: University of Basel, ETH Zurich, University Children’s Hospital Basel and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. Only Principal Investigators who hold a primary affiliation with these BRCCH partner institutions are eligible to be Lead (or Co-) Investigators. 

The PII enables consortia-based projects with a concise focus led by Investigators based within the BRCCH partner institutions. The PII Call will support 4-year research projects with up to 1 million CHF in funding per award.

Please note, since the BRCCH previously launched a Call in 2020 specifically enabling COVID-19 research, COVID-19 related proposals will not be considered in the PII Call.

Application Deadline

Letter of Intent deadline: Friday, October 1st, 2021 @ 17:00 CET.
*The Letter of Intent is used for administrative and organisational purposes and will not be evaluated for scientific content.

Full Application deadline: Friday, November 5th, 2021 @ 17:00 CET.

Important application documents can be downloaded below.


Application & Review Process

August 2: PII Call Launch
August 24th: Grants Clinic (optional)
October 1st: Letter of Intent deadline
November 5th: Full Application deadline
November-January: Applications out for external review
February 2022: Interview workshop for top applications
Spring 2022: Application decisions announced
Summer 2022: Projects launched on a rolling basis


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How to Apply- CALL CLOSED -

The Letter of Intent and Full Application should be submitted by the designated lead Principal Investigator. All applications need to be submitted online using BRCCH’s secure application portal at sent via email or post will not be considered.

For the Full Application, you will be prompted to provide the following:

  • Cover page
  • Principal Investigator details
    • CV / biosketch and publications list
  • Co-Principal Investigator details (if applicable)
    • CV / biosketch and publications list
  • Collaborator(s) details (if applicable)
    • CV / biosketch and publications list
  • Research proposal
  • Budget overview

Once submitted, you will receive an email confirmation of receipt.


Please see below in the drop-down menu for additional details about the PII.