Swiss National Science Foundation

The Swiss National Science Foundation is a public funding organization for scientific research in all disciplines in Switzerland.

Based on a government mandate, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) supports scientific research in all academic disciplines – from physics to medicine to sociology.

To ensure its independence, the SNSF was established as a private foundation in 1952. Its core task is the evaluation of research proposals. By allocating public research money based on the principle of competition, the SNSF contributes to the high quality of research in Switzerland. In order to anticipate and respond to constant changes in research and its context, the SNSF defined four strategic priorities for the 2021-2028 period:

  • We promote Diversity in Research
  • We shape the Future of Research
  • We convey the Value of Research
  • We strengthen the Competence of the SNSF

In close collaboration with higher education institutions and other partners, the SNSF strives to create optimal conditions for the development and international integration of Swiss research. It pays particular attention to the promotion of young researchers. In addition, it accepts evaluation mandates in order to ensure that large research initiatives funded by third parties deliver the highest scientific quality.

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