Work-life balance

MARVEL is committed to enhance work-life balance for students and staff. Information about existing measures, daycare facilities and advice about work-life balance in the different institutions involved in MARVEL are listed hereafter.

Flexibility grants

The Flexibility grant is a measure proposed by the SNSF to increase the flexibility in the scientific career of young parents. This measure is applicable to PhD students and postdocs employed with a work-time percentage of at least 80% in an NCCR, regardless of the funding source, as well to PRIMA, Ambizione or Doc.CH grant awardees.

  • The flexibility grant can provide funding to help cover the external child care costs charged to the researcher.
  • The flexibility grant can be used to help finance the salary of a support person, allowing the grantee to reduce his/her work quota (PhD students are not eligible for this measure) .

The two measures can also be combined.

Interested MARVEL junior researchers must submit their application to the MARVEL management team. Please contact Lidia Favre-Quattropani to receive the application form.

Robert Gnehm Grant for parent postdocs at EPFL

The Robert Gnehm Grant for parent postdocs at EPFL (women & men postdocs eligible) aims to support parent postdocs in their first year of parenthood, allowing them to devote more time to their child while alleviating a temporary decrease in scientific productivity.

Work-life balance in institutions involved in MARVEL

The list below gives a general view of the institutional webportals providing information on measures promoting a balance between professional life and private/family life in the different institutions involved in MARVEL.