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The SCTO is an independent organisation and is based on a joint initiative of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

As of 2017, the SCTO is a research infrastructure of national importance funded by the State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation and the Swiss National Science Foundation.



24 February 2021

Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials (IICT) 2021

For the seventh time, the ​Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is launching a call for clinical studies on topics that are outside the industry focus.

Applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) via mySNF by 25 May 2021. The platform will be open to researchers as of 1 April 2021.

Participation requirements Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials (IICT)


18 February 2021

5th call for proposals for PHRT-supported projects

In their fifth call, Personalized Health and Related Technologies (PHRT) will support 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 utility.

The submission deadline for the proposals of this fifth call is 15 May 2021.

For more information about the call and about Personalized Health and Related Technologies, visit the PHRT’s website.


11 February 2021

Communicating clinical research results: Moving from vicious to virtuous circles

SCTO Forum goes digital! The diverse and compact presentations from the digital SCTO Forum 2021 on 27 January 2021 are now available online.

Learn how national experts, such as Swiss National Councillor Yvonne Feri and researcher Silvia Stringhini, illuminate the forum’s topic from different angles. In addition, you can listen to the keynote presentation of Annabelle South, Policy & Research Impact Coordinator at the British Medical Research Council, to receive an overview of current evidence for how knowledge transfer can be achieved, including practical examples and recommendations.

The podcasts are available in English or German.

Podcasts SCTO Forum 2021 on Vimeo
Programme SCTO Forum 2021 on our website


22 January 2021

Department of Clinical Research of the University of Basel receives ECRIN Data Centre Certification

On 21 January 2021, the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN) announced the ECRIN Data Centre Certification of two European data centres: the Department of Clinical Research of the University of Basel (DKF) and the Zentrum für Klinische Studien Köln.

As member of the SCTO’s Clinical Trial Unit Network, the DKF is the first institution in Switzerland to achieve official status as an ECRIN data centre for its data management and IT standards. Furthermore, the certification marks the first certification of a Data Centre in an ECRIN observer country.

The goal of ECRIN’s Data Centre Certification is to enhance high-quality data management services in non-commercial clinical trials and to contribute to the harmonisation of European practice in data management.

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8 January 2021

Federal government confirms 2021–2024 funding for the SCTO and the CTU Network

In its press release of 21 December 2020, the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) announced the government’s funding contributions to research institutions of national importance for the years 2021–2024.

The government’s funding includes contributions to the SCTO’s projects, including the Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) Network and the Swiss Research Network of Clinical Pediatric Hubs (SwissPedNet). In 2007, the CTUs of the university hospitals of Basel, Bellinzona, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich and the cantonal hospital of St. Gallen formed a network, which has become a well-established and nationally coordinated clinical research infrastructure.

In the period of 2021–2024, the government will support 31 research institutions with a total of approximately CHF 460 million. The funded institutions span a range of disciplines and complement the research activities at the universities and in the ETH Domain.


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