Call for Proposals

5th Call
NDS Call

Outline proposal: August 22, 2021

Full proposal: February 27, 2022

Start of Projects: June 1, 2022

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Through calls for proposals, PHRT funds interdisciplinary projects in education (doctoral and postdoc level), technology translation and research in order to foster the development of Precision Medicine and health research. PHRT connects hospitals and the institutions that make up the ETH Domain so that they can share and use health data across Switzerland.

In order to make the best use of the available resources, the PHRT call for proposals is coordinated with the national Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN).

Following the 1st call for proposals in 2017, the 2nd call for proposals in 2018, and the 3rd call for proposals in 2019, 54 PHRT projects were approved for funding. In parallel, two Technology Platforms have been established and are ready to process samples from clinical cohorts.

1st Call

November 24, 2017


By September 15, 2017, a total of 48 project proposals was submitted to PHRT. Each proposal was carefully evaluated by the international PHRT Review Panel consisting of 14 experts. Additionally, each proposal was reviewed by minimally two external experts and their opinions were used by the panel to reach a decision.

Based on the suggestion of the Review Panel, the Executive Committee approved 27 projects allocating an amount of CHF 24.556 million in five categories:

- 3 Driver Projects (kCHF 6’908)
- 4 PM/PH Resarch Projects (kCHF 9’035)

- 8 iDoc Projects (kCHF 2’098)
- 4 TPdF Projects (kCHF 895)
- 8 TechTrans Projects (kCHF 5’621) 

2nd Call

November 29, 2018


The review process of the 2nd call for proposals was successfully finished and we are happy to inform that 24 of 43 proposals were approved. The projects will be supported with CHF 10,9 million.

Of the five categories available the following were funded:

​- 1 joint Driver Project with SPHN
- 2 PH research projects
- 7 iDoc projects
- 6 TPdF projects
- 8 technology transfer projects


3rd Call

October 10, 2019

Focus of the 3rd call of proposals was on so-called Pioneer Projects, allowing for sequencing (whole genome, RNA transcriptomics, proteomics) of clinical cohort samples on the two PHRT platforms. Based on the suggestion of the Review Panel, the Executive Committee approved 3 of 8 projects, which will be supported with CHF 1,5 million.

4th Call

May 31, 2021

Through “Pioneer Imaging Projects” (PIP), PHRT explores strategies, approaches, methods and options for a new Clinical Imaging Hub in the ETH Domain. During the second PHRT phase, these PIPs shall transform into a multi-centric Clinical Imaging Hub that will sustain after PHRT comes to its end in 2024. Based on the suggestion of the Review Panel, the Executive Committee approved 4 of 8 projects with CHF 500k per project.

5th Call

August 10, 2021

In the 5th call PHRT supports doctoral student (iDoc projects) and postdoc (TPdF projects) projects bridging the two areas science/engineering and medicine. In addition, Technology Translation Projects (TTP) aim to bring technologies developed in the institutions of the ETH Domain into direct clinical application. 69 proposals were received, more precisely 28 each in the iDoc and TTP categories and 13 in the TPdF category. PHRT accepted a total of 23 projects with a budget of CHF 9 million.