The earliest data included in P3 goes back to 1975, but the SNSF's procedures, databases and funding schemes have evolved over time. We therefore recommend not searching too far back, if possible, in order to ensure better, more uniform data quality.
One of the problems that may arise concerns the completeness of the data, for two main reasons:
- The definition of what is and is not a project (main grant) may have changed over time. For example, the Division III “Bonus of Excellence” grants were entered as supplementary grants and therefore do not appear in P3) until 2007, and then as main grants (thus appearing in P3 in the project funding scheme) as of 2008. Similarly, return grants awarded in the context of Advanced Postdoc.Mobility fellowships (Return CH Advanced Postdoc.Mobility) were introduced in 2014, but only the grants awarded in 2015 are in P3 (if the grant has been released) as the SNSF considers them to be separate projects.
- The SNSF’s funding schemes have developed, new schemes have been launched, and others have been replaced or have expired. For example, fellowships for advanced and prospective researchers were replaced by Early Postdoc.Mobility and Advanced Postdoc.Mobility in 2013. The same is true of SFGMB (Swiss Foundation for Grants in Biology and Medicine) fellowships for advanced researchers, which were replaced by the SFGBM Advanced Postdoc.Mobility fellowships in 2013.
To a lesser extent, there may also be a problem with data quality, for example data on fellowships for prospective researchers is incomplete for the 1990’s. Moreover, data on SFGBM for advanced researchers is incomplete before 2005.
In general, the data was continually improved and completed over time, particularly since digitisation of the data in the 2000s.
If you find any errors in the database, please inform the SNSF in order to help us improve the data.