Results of the first call for proposals coordinated with the ETH SFA PHRT

During this first call for proposals, a total of 38 applications were received – 16 Infrastructure Development project applications and 22 Driver project applications, including 11 applications that requested co-funding by PHRT and SPHN. The total budget requested for all project applications was CHF 58.6 million.


Based on the recommendation of its International Advisory Board, the National Steering Board of SPHN decided to support 8 Infrastructure Developments projects and 7 Driver projects, of which 3 will be co-funded by SPHN and PHRT, for a total amount of CHF 15.66 million.

Funded projects in 2017

The following projects will be funded fully or in part and for some, funding is subject to certain conditions. 


Infrastructure development projects


Development of a governance and quality management system for exchange of patient related data for research purposes.

  • Consortium: USB, UniBS, USZ, UniBE, SCTO.
  • Main applicant: Joerg Willers 


E-General-Consent: Development and Implementation of a Nationwide Harmonized Interactive Electronic General Consent. 

  • Consortium: USB, UniBS, UKBB, Inselspital, HUG, CHUV, USZ, SCTO, SBP, SwissPedNet.
  • Main applicant: Christiane Pauli-Magnus 


C3-STuDY: Citizen Centered Consent: Shared, Transparent and Dynamic.


LOINC for Swiss Laboratories (L4CHLAB). 

  • Consortium: HUG, UniGE, Inselspital, CHUV, Hôpital du Valais, SICHH.
  • Main applicant: Christian Lovis 


DeID/De-identification of clinical narrative data in French, German and Italian. 


NLP-powered mapping of clinical reports onto SNOMED-CT concepts for tumour classification (NLPforTC). 


Swiss Variant Interpretation Platform for Oncology (SVIP-O). 


Harmonising the collection of health-related data and biospecimens in paediatric hospitals throughout Switzerland.

  • Consortium: UniBE, Inselspital, UZH, UKBB, HUG, CHUV, Cantonal Hospital Aarau, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Switzerland, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale.
  • Main applicant: Claudia Kuehni 


Driver Projects


Swiss Frailty Network and Repository. 


Population-wide screens of the human immune repertoire: a reverse personalized-medicine approach. 

  • Consortium: USZ, UZH, ETHZ, PSI, UniBS, SIB.
  • Main applicant: Adriano Aguzzi 


Swiss Personalized Oncology Driver (SPOD)*. 

  • Consortium: CHUV, HUG, Inselspital, UniGE, EPFL-SDCD, HES-SO, SAKK.
  • Main applicant: Olivier Michiélin 


Multidisciplinary Multicentre Molecular and Cellular Cancer Consortium (M3C3.CH)*. 

  • Consortium: USB, UniBS, USZ, UZH, ETHZ, UniGE, IOR, SIB, Kantonsspital Aarau, Kantonsspital Winterthur, Stadtspital Triemli, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, SICHH, Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland.
  • Main applicant: Mohamed Bentires-Alj

* These projects are funded under the condition they are merged.


Driver Projects co-funded by SPHN and PHRT


PRECISE: Identification of biomarkers and therapeutic targets in inflammatory disease immunotherapy by high-dimensional single cell analysis and cluster proteomics. 

  • Consortium: ETHZ, CHUV, Inselspital, USB, USZ, UZH.
  • Main applicant: Manfred Claassen 


Swiss Molecular Pathology Breakthrough Platform (SOCIBP). 


PSSS: Personalized Swiss Sepsis Study: Detection and modelling of sepsis using machine learning to analyse continuous ICU monitoring, laboratory, microbiology, and -omics data for personalized sepsis management. 


The list can also be downloaded as PDF.

Project description

A short description of the awarded projects can be fund here: 


Infrastructure development projects

Driver projects

Media coverage

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