Research and Innovation

The Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine (SSGIM) promotes patient-centred clinical research and innovative care models.

By 2024, the SSGIM will be a leader in patient-centred research.

SSMIG Foundation Grant
The SGAIM Foundation is a foundation of the Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine (SSGIM) with the aim of promoting and supporting teaching and research projects in the field of General Internal Medicine (GIM). It annually awards the SGAIM Foundation Grant in the amount of Fr. 50,000.

» More information


The SSGIM annually awards the SSGIM Award for the best original scientific paper in the amount of 10,000 Swiss francs.

» More information


SSMIG Prix Lumière

Progressive work-time models, measures to promote junior staff members or job sharing: the "SGAIM Prix Lumière" honours innovative ideas in the field of general internal medicine (GIM). The Award (worth CHF 10,000) is bestowed at the SGAIM Spring Congress.

» More information


Free Communication, poster prizes and other awards

The SSGIM additionally awards prizes to support young researchers, including the "Free Communication" ("Freie Mitteilungen"; donated by the SSGIM) and prizes for the "Best Posters" (donated by the SSGIM). At the 6th SGAIM Spring Congress, the three best posters of young researchers (pre-graduates) were awarded for the first time (donated by the Swiss Medical Publishers EMH).


Viollier Award

The Viollier Award promotes scientific work. The prize is endowed with CHF 10,000. It is presented annually at the SSGIM Spring Congress.

» More information


Article in "Primary and Hospital Care" (2021/12)

Switzerland is a research nation - researchers in general internal medicine also contribute to this top performance. When do general internists decide to pursue a career in research? What was their motivation and what advice do they give to young doctors who are not sure whether to pursue an academic career? PD Manuel Blum, MD, member of the SSGIM Research Commission, answers these and other questions in an interview in "Primary and Hospital Care."

» Read the interview now

Article in "Swiss Medical Forum"

There are several paths towards an academic career. Nevertheless, some recommendations to aspiring researchers in the field of general internal medicine can be found in an Article by the SSGIM Research Commission members in the "Swiss Medical Forum."

» Read the article now