SNSF supports quantum cryptography and robotics research

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The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts is expanding its research in quantum cryptography and robotics. This is made possible thanks to the new Practice-to-Science grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF. This is intended to further strengthen application-oriented research at universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education.

The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts will receive two Practice-to-Science grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF. With the new grant program, the SNSF is supporting a robotics researcher at the Department of Engineering & Architecture and a researcher in quantum cryptography at the Department of Computer Science (see below for more information). Across Switzerland, eleven researchers from local universities of applied sciences (UAS) and universities of teacher education (PH) are benefiting from the grant; the SNSF received a total of 104 funding applications.

The core of Practice-to-Science is a so-called tenure track, analogous to a university assistant professorship: UASs and PHs appoint researchers as professors for a limited period of time. The SNSF supports their work with 200,000 Swiss francs annually for a maximum of three years. At the end, there is the possibility of a permanent position at the level of professor at the respective university.

Research at UAS becomes more competitive
“Universities of applied sciences rely on experts with practical experience,” says Viktor Sigrist, head of research at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The research conditions at the universities of applied sciences are already attractive today, but the career path of many experts leads first to the economy. “With the funding from the SNSF, we can support them in building up research teams and offer them long-term career prospects. This strengthens the competitiveness of application-oriented research.”

Practice-to-Science is still in the pilot phase. Due to the great interest shown by Swiss UASs and PHs, the SNSF plans to issue another call for proposals this year.

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