Regulations as of 1 January 2017
In the fall of 1999 the Sandoz Family Foundation (hereafter: “the Foundation“) at the initiative of Monique de Meuron (1939-2007) launched a programme under the name of “Sandoz Family Foundation – Programme Monique de Meuron fostering up-and-coming academics” (Programme Fondation de Famille Sandoz – Monique de Meuron pour la relève universitaire) intended to promote the next generation in the field of higher education and research.
The purpose of the programme is to fund positions for tenure track assistant professors as part of long-term education and research projects.
The programme has been placed under the auspices of a Patronage Committee composed of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SEFRI) and the president of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
2. Management of the programme
The programme is managed by a representative of the Foundation in collaboration with other persons designated by it.
3. Beneficiary institutions and disciplines concerned
The Universities of Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel, as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne are able to benefit from the programme.
Every year the Foundation announces a competition for two education and research projects and two tenure track assistant professor positions, as well as two graduate assistant or post doc positions. One of the projects must come under the social sciences and humanities, the other under the experimental sciences. The disciplines of clinical medicine and those of the pharmaceutical industry are excluded from the programme. Each institution is eligible to nominate one candidate and one project in each group of disciplines. The projects must strive for excellence and, if possible, promote interuniversity and interdisciplinary collaborations. Projects nominated jointly by two institutions may be taken into consideration.
4. Commitments of the beneficiary institutions
The universities launch a recruitment competition according to their legal and regulatory procedures aimed at filling a professorial chair with a tenure track assistant professor or filling a newly established chair created by a tenure track assistant professor. They hire the holder of their choice.
The institutions whose candidacy has been considered (the host institution) shall ensure a good integration of the assistant professor it has chosen, follow the work, support the efforts, supervise the proper use of the funds made available and finally do everything in its power to ensure his or her academic future. It places at the disposal of the beneficiary the necessary infrastructure (premises, means of communication, scientific equipment and community technology).
The dossiers submitted by the institutions must include a commitment on their part accepting the principles set forth above as well as the description of the educational and research programme of the candidate under consideration. Any communication relating to the beneficiary of the programme or his or her activities must mention the support of the Sandoz Family Foundation – Programme Monique de Meuron fostering up-and-coming academics.
In addition to conducting the research programme, the assistant professor ensures a university education within reasonable limits. He participates in the administrative tasks which could be useful to the development of his career. He may be called upon by the Foundation to make at the most one or two public presentations, oral or written, per year on the subject of his research and his education. However, he cannot accept simultaneously any other teaching or research expenses, except on an ad hoc basis, at another institution in Switzerland or abroad.
The opening of the competition is announced to the boards of the institutions concerned during the first days of January, and it is then up to them to ensure the widest dissemination possible and to organise the recruitment and the presentation of the projects and the candidacies.
The candidacy dossiers must reach the representative of the Foundation by electronic means before October 15, the final deadline. The dossiers include various documents, the list of which is provided when the competition opens. In principle, the candidate must be less than 35 years of age when the dossier is filed and less than 40 years of age if a female candidate is involved.
6. Nominations of the project selected and the beneficiary
The projects and the candidates are submitted by the Foundation for review by two selection committees, one for each group of disciplines (social sciences and humanities and experimental sciences), comprised of persons outside the competing institutions.
The institutions and the candidates are interviewed by the competent selection committee and a delegation from the Foundation. The selection committees send their notice to the delegation of the Foundation, which presents its conclusions to the Board of the Foundation. The Board communicates its final decision as soon as possible. There is no appeal.
At the end of the procedure nominating the beneficiaries, a partnership contract of letters confirms the agreement between the Foundation and the host institution.
The Foundation provides overall funding covering in principle two years, the annual salary, all expenses included, for two designated tenure track assistant professors and the annual salary of two full-time equivalent or post-doc assistants. The Foundation furthermore allocates two start-up allowances the first year, covering in particular the acquisition of basic technical and scientific equipment.
The funding of the salaries may be extended for one to two additional years at the maximum upon the substantiated request of the host institution. The salary of the assistants may not be paid under any circumstances in case the assistant professor does not renew his commitment. The total number of assistant professors who may benefit simultaneously from the programme is set at eight.
8. Activity Reports
The beneficiaries submit an annual activity report to the Foundation.
This report is evaluated beforehand by the host institution, then sent with a notice to the Foundation by October 15.
An annual financial report is sent to the Foundation by the host institution by October 15.
The activity report is sent to the members of the selection committee concerned, which shall decide on the justification to continue the project concerned.
The Foundation makes its decision on the continuation of the project no later than nine months before the end of the current academic year.
9. Discontinuation of the programme
The Sandoz Family Foundation reserves the right to discontinue the programme, it being stipulated that the beneficiaries that already have commitments will be funded until the end of their contract.
These regulations cancel and replace the previous regulations. They enter into force on 1 January 2017.