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About Us

The research service USI-SUPSI is a joint service of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and of the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). Its main objective is to provide support to researchers of both institutions when developing their research projects and to provide assistance to the organs of the University and SUPSI in planning and implementing research strategies.
Additionally, the research service hosts the Euresearch regional office Lugano (Swiss network of information on European research and innovation).
In particular, the research service USI-SUPSI manages the following activities:

  • Relaying of information about research funding sources and opportunities nationally and internationally
  • Advising researchers and businesses wishing to participate in research programs of the European Union in the context of the Euresearch Swiss network
  • Providing assistance to researchers seeking grant money and writing research projects in Switzerland (Swiss National Science Foundation, SNSF) and in the European Union (Horizon 2020)
  • Training junior researchers on research funding channels and procedures, and on project management through lectures and seminars
  • Supporting researchers in the administration of grants
  • Managing the grant finances for USI, as well as for SNSF projects in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland


  • Dr. benedetto [dot] lepori [at] usi [dot] ch (Benedetto Lepori), responsible of the Service and contact point for Swiss Research Funding
  • paola [dot] colferai [at] usi [dot] ch (Paola Colferai), Project Administration, grant office USI
  • riccardo [dot] cappelletti [at] supsi [dot] ch (Riccardo Cappelletti), Project Administration, grant office SUPSI
  • maryse [dot] letiembre [at] irb [dot] usi [dot] ch (Maryse Letiembre), Project Administration, grant office IRB
  • martina [dot] pestoni [at] usi [dot] ch (Martina Pestoni), Euresearch Regional Office Lugano, Project Administration USI
  • dafne [dot] pedrazzoli [at] usi [dot] ch (Dafne Pedrazzoli), Swiss Funding, Website management and Communication