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In honour of Konrad «Koni» Steffen, the former director of WSL who died in an accident while doing field work in Greenland in 2020, a new research grant was launched in collaboration with the Greenland Research Council (NSI). It is designed to strengthen cooperative research on natural hazards in Greenland.


The Swiss Polar Institute (SPI), in collaboration with the Greenland Research Council (NIS), is launching a call for interest for a new funding opportunity, the Konrad Steffen Grant. In memory of Konrad Steffen, one of the founders of the Swiss Polar Institute and its first Scientific Director, the Konrad Steffen Grant (KSG) builds on his legacy of collaborative research between researchers based in Switzerland and Greenland on environmental change in Greenland.

The KSG will provide seed money for collaborative research on the topic of Natural Hazards in Greenland. The initial projects will hopefully foster the exchange of expertise, networking, and future collaboration opportunities between Swiss and Greenlandic researchers to address some of the big challenges ahead related to natural hazards in Greenland.



SPI and NIS will jointly approve up to two projects for a maximum total of 50’000 CHF to be used towards collaboration. Eligible costs include travel (max. 50% of the budget), field work, consumables and equipment. The maximum duration envisaged for the projects is 18 months.

For a detailed description an further information on the Konrad Steffen Grant, see the original article by the Swiss Polar Institute and this Polar Journal article by Dr. Michael Wenger.