Research Project Fund

The CAIM Research Project Fund aims to support researchers in AI in medicine with innovative project ideas that demonstrate a clear patient benefit and high potential for disrupting current medical procedures.

Funding is awarded by the University of Bern Medical Faculty to promote targeted innovation in AI-driven technologies for healthcare. Funded researchers will become members of CAIM as part of the support agreement.

The scope of funding includes AI basic projects with clinical application potential as well as proof of concept and translational projects. Project duration is up to two years with a maximum of CHF 100'000 allocated funds.

The application deadline for the first call is the 15 September 2021

Further information on the scientific scope, the application guidelines and form can be found below. Please send any queries about the fund or the application process to

Review Process

Applications will be peer-reviewed by national and international reviewers. Reviewer scores will be used to rank applications. A first cut-off will be used to invite top-ranked proposals for a presentation of their project. The selection committee will use the reviewers' comments and the presentation for a final ranking of applications. 

Application Timeline

                  1 July 2021  Submission site opens
15 September 2021  Project submission deadline
 30 November 2021  Notification of 1st cut-off
     6 December 2021  Interview of shortlisted submissions
       1 February 2022  Final notification


Applications may be submitted by applicants or teams of up to two applicants (PI and co-PI) from the University of Bern and/or Bern University Hospital (Inselspital) and/or the UPD Bern and/or sitem-insel, with at least one applicant from the Medical Faculty, University of Bern.

Proposals can be submitted directly on the designated CAIM Fund Online Portal, using the accompanying Application Form (see below). Applications must be completed in English.

Guidelines / Documents