The University of Lucerne research committee (FoKo) is responsible for promoting research activities as well as coordinating research policy at the University of Lucerne. The president of the FoKo is Prof. Dr. Alexander Trechsel. The FoKo is supported by the Research Promotion Unit, directed by Dr. Bruno Z’Graggen. 


The FoKo’s functions and tasks cover second the FoKo-Regulations and Guideline sheet the following:

  • Developing and coordinating the University of Lucerne’s research strategy and policy
  • Administering University of Lucerne research funds
  • Assessing requests for support from University of Lucerne researchers and allocating research funds in the form of project grants, contributions for project start-up funding, sabbaticals for Postdocs (SpeedUP), conference and publication grants, grants for intermediating projects, exchange and networking
  • Working together with the University of Lucerne Equal Opportunity Committee, allocating funds in the field of gender research
  • Working together with the Graduate Academy of the University of Lucerne ref. the scientifical evaluation of submissions for doctoral mobility contributions


The FoKo has fourteen members with voting rights: in addition to the president, each faculty and departement provides two members, with one further member each from the students and non-professorial teaching staff and the Academic Director. FoKo meetings are also attended in an advisory capacity by the head of the Research Promotion Unit, the head of the Financial Administration Department and the Equal Opportunities Officer. The SNSF-FK also has one further member from each faculty. 

FoKo members with voting rights:

  • Präsident, Prof. Dr. Alexander Trechsel, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (KSF)
  • Stv., Prof. Dr. phil. Gisela Michel, Department of Health Sciences and Medicine (GWM)
  • Prof. Dr. theol. lic. phil. Peter Kirchschläger, Faculty of Theology (TF)
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Giovanni Ventimiglia, TF
  • Prof. Dr. rer. soc. Raimund Hasse, KSF
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Aram Mattioli, KSF
  • Prof. Dr. iur. Jürg-Beat Ackermann, Faculty of Law (RF)
  • Prof. Dr. iur. lic. oec. Klaus Mathis, RF
  • Prof. Dr. oec. publ. Simon Lüchinger, Faculty of Economics and Management (WF), (SNSF-FK)
  • Prof. Dr. oec. publ. Manuel Oechslin, WF
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Sara Rubinelli, GWM
  • Dr. Philipp Blum, Non-professorial Teaching Staff Representative, TF
  • Yael Häller, Student Representative, RF
  • Dr. sc. nat. Wolfgang Schatz, Secretary General

FoKo advisory members without voting rights:

  • Dr. phil. Bruno Z’Graggen, Research Promotion Unit Director
  • Doris Schmidli, Finance and Accounting Director
  • lic. phil. Pia Ammann, Head of Equal Opportunities Office


Applications to the FoKo must be addressed to the FoKo President using the official forms. For further information please contact the President, the Secretary or Dr. Phil. Bruno Z'Graggen, Dep. Head of the Research Promotion Unit


Foto Alexander Trechsler

Prof. Dr. Alexander Trechsel, KSF

President Research Commission

T +41 41 229 55 90

Room: 3.B14

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Lucette Oggier

Secretary Research Commission

T +41 41 229 51 71

Room: 3.A25