Call for Proposals — The Myriam de Senarclens Prize

The next Myriam de Senarclens prize will be awarded in 2021.

It will be of the value of 20’000 Swiss Francs (approx. 20,000$).

Application deadline is: December 1st, 2020.


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Application Form 

The application form should be submitted in English and made up of a unique pdf document. 
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The application should be sent by mail to prize [at] 


  1. Letter of project description with title, the principal researcher (position, title, address), signed by each of the authors or participants
  2. Scientific project (max.15 pages):
    1. Project summary, including project plan (max. 350 words)
    2. Aim and impact
    3. Research plan and method (including detailed stages)
    4. Risks and feasibility
    5. Main references (please mention all authors, not only the first author)
    6. Salaries, cost or equipment to be funded by the Foundation and by other funding institutions (already financing the project or to find in the future)
    7. Ethics committee(s) agreement(s)
  3. Curriculum vitae of each of the authors or participants (max. 2 pages)

Prize Regulations


Myriam de Senarclens-Kleynmann (1921–1993) was born in Geneva. She was a pioneer of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynecology nationally and internationally. Pupil, and then a friend, of Michael Balint, co-founder and member of the Executive Committee of the "International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology" (ISPOG), she founded the Swiss Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology (SSGOP) and published many articles in the field. Just before her death she decided to endow a foundation whose mission was to award this prize. Her archives are available to all at the medical history institute (Institut d’histoire de la médecine et de la santé publique) at Lausanne university hospital (CHUV).

Art. 1

The Myriam de Senarclens prize is intended to encourage, support or reward a study, research project or an original work, which treats, from a psychosomatic perspective, a subject in gynecology or of obstetrics.

The Myriam de Senarclens prize will be awarded every 4 years to a researcher or team of researchers that propose to do or are in the process of executing a project focusing on psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Art. 2

Applications are open to all medical personnel (gynecologists, obstetricians, psychiatrists, etc.), those working in social sciences (psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, etc.), nurses, midwives, as well as multi-disciplinary teams.

Art. 3

The prize will be awarded, as a rule, every four years, by the Council of the Foundation Myriam de Senarclens, who may call on international experts in the fields of research of the particular subjects presented.

In accordance with rules put forward by the Swiss National Funds (SNF1) and in order to prevent conflict of interest, jury members, including the council members of the foundation must abstain from evaluation and voting in cases where they might be involved in any project (terminated or on-going) presented for the acceptance of the Myriam de Senarclens prize, whether directly or indirectly through a presenting candidate.

Art. 4

The Council of the Foundation reserves the possibility of renouncing, exceptionally, the attribution of the prize should it consider that no study, research project or original work applied correspond to the aims of the Foundation and merits it.

Art. 5

The jury is not obliged to give any explanations for its decisions. No correspondence concerning, nor recourse against, its decisions will be accepted.

Art. 6

The projects, terminated or in progress, should be accompanied by a synopsis, an up to date curriculum vitae of each of the authors or participants, all submitted in English.

Art. 7

Prize will be awarded as soon as possible, preferably during the Swiss Annual meeting of the Swiss society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SSGO) or during the annual meetings of the Swiss Academy of Psychosocial and Psychosomatic Medicine (AMPP).

Art. 8

The present regulation can be modified at any time by the Council of the Foundation.

The present regulation was accepted on November 26, 2015, by the Geneva provincial authorities on the surveillance of foundations and pension institutions (ASFIP - Autorité cantonale de surveillance des fondations et des institutions de prévoyance), Switzerland.

[1] Cf. Organisational Regulations of the National Research Council, Art. 5 Withdrawals:
  1. Persons involved in the funding activities of the SNSF, including external reviewers and employees at the Administrative Offices, shall withdraw if:
    1. They have a personal interest in the matter;
    2. They are related or linked to a person involved in the procedure as an applicant or a grantee, whether in direct line or collaterally (up to third degree), by marriage, by registered partnership or by cohabitation;
    3. They collaborate closely with an applicant or recipient of funds;
    4. There are any other conflicts of interest.
  2. The person concerned shall declare his or her interests spontaneously without being asked.
  3. If the withdrawal is contested, the body of which the person is a member or by which the person is appointed shall decide. ↩ - Jump back