Botnar: Principal Investigator Initiative

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 call for applications for research projects for its Principal Investigator Initiative (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:

  • Paediatric Digital Health
  • Advanced Bioengineering for Paediatric Medicine
  • Paediatric Medical Devices
  • Ethics, Policy and Implementation Research in Paediatric Health

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: 1 October 2021
Full Application deadline: 5 November 2021

Further information and application