Equal Opportunities

The NCCR RNA & Disease pursues specific strategies that promote gender equality and advancement of women in the field of RNA biology

The NCCR RNA & Disease promotes young female scientists by the following measures:

Equal opportunity in recruitment at all levels within the NCCR RNA & Disease.
• Financial support for female and male young researchers with family care duties – 120 % support grant: The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the NCCR RNA & Disease awards time-limited support grants to female and male postdocs and doctoral students employed in NCCR-funded research projects. The 120% support grants young researchers greater flexibility in pursuing their careers. Researchers are supported in achieving a balance between their academic career and family care duties by allowing for or extending part-time employment, so that there is no delay, or only a minimal delay, in the research work.

"Combining young children with scientific research results in stringent time restrictions on one’s research, especially on labwork, which cannot be performed remotely. The 120% support grant directly addresses this issue.
Employing a technician two days per week to perform important but time intensive sample preparations has allowed me to spend my limited time in the lab on the critical experiments keeping the project progressing whilst also spending one fulfilling weekday purely devoted to my son."
Fionna Loughlin, postdoc in the group of Prof. F. Allain at ETH Zürich and recipient of the 120% support grant

If you are interested in applying to the 120% support grant, please contact the management at office at nccr-rna-and-disease.ch .

Pregnancy and maternity leave compensation: New measure!
The delays due to lack of project progress during maternity leave have been suggested as one of the causes of mother’s loss of competiveness in science. The NCCR RNA & Disease has reserved funds to cover the salary of one research assistant (hereafter support person) during the last 3 months of pregnancy to ensure appropriate training of the research assistant that will continue the project of the pregnant researcher during the duration of her maternity leave. This scheme will run until funds run out.

For more information please download the guidelines and the Annex:

Reimbursement of emergency childcare: New measure!
The NCCR RNA & Disease has reserved funds to reimburse emergency childcare costs for parents that are employed in a NCCR RNA & Disease or associated laboratory.
For more information and a list of emergency childcare providers please download the guidelines:

Equal Opportunities Survey

The NCCR RNA & Disease pursues specific strategies to promote gender equality and equal opportunities. In order to understand the specific needs and experiences researchers have regarding these topics, the NCCR RNA & disease conducted an anonymous survey among the researchers of the NCCR network, including Master students, PhD students, postdocs, senior scientists and Principal investigators. The results of the survey (Click here to download.) were presented at the NCCR Retreat in January 2016 and served as a starting point to discuss issues of equal opportunities in 12 groups of 5-10 people. Ideas were collected and are currently analysed by the NCCR management and will be considered for the implementation of measures to promote equal opportunities within the NCCR RNA & Disease network.

Eidgenössichses Büro für die Gleichstellung von Frau und Mann EBG(external link)
Abteilung für Gleichstellung von Frauen und Männer Unibe(external link)
Stelle für Chancengleichheit ETH(external link)
Chancengleichheit Unibasel(external link)
Bureau de l’égalité des chances de l’EPFL(external link)

Marie Heim Vögtlin Grant(external link)
Grant «For Women in Science»(external link)
Schweizerischer Verband der Akademikerinnen(external link)

EMBO database of women in science(external link)

Prof. Ana Claudia Marques is the equal opportunities delegate of the NCCR RNA & Disease.

The National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR) are a research instrument of the Swiss National Science Foundation


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