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Swiss Funding Opportunities

There are many opportunities open to Swiss researchers to ask for research funding. In the following the main instances / institutions and programs accessible for Swiss researchers will be laid out briefly. If you click on the title of each program, you will get to a more detailed description of the program.

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is Switzerland’s leading provider of scientific research funding. With its federal mandate, it supports basic research in all disciplines, from philosophy and biology to the nanoscience and medicine. It also invests in applied research in various scientific fields, as well as on policy-oriented research (national research programs). Finally, it provides a large number of grant schemes for young researchers.

Contact Person: benedetto [dot] lepori [at] usi [dot] ch (Benedetto Lepori)

Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI)

The Commission for Technology and Innovation is the Federal Administration's decision-making body for all matters relating to the promotion of innovation. As the Confederation’s innovation promotion agency, the CTI lends support to joint R&D projects between academia and industry, to entrepreneurship as well as to the development of start-up companies. The CTI also helps to optimize knowledge and technology transfer through the use of thematic and regional networks and platforms.

Contact Persons: riccardo [dot] cappelletti [at] usi [dot] ch (Riccardo Cappelletti) (for SUPSI) and dafne [dot] pedrazzoli [at] usi [dot] ch (Dafne Pedrazzoli) (for USI).

Federal Administration

The Federal Administration and its departments are financing numerous research projects about topics of general interest. Additionally the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the federal government’s specialized agency for national and international matters, deals with matters of university education, research and space.

Contact Person: benedetto [dot] lepori [at] usi [dot] ch (Benedetto Lepori)

Bilateral Programs with non-European Countries

Bilateral programs support research cooperation between Switzerland and third-countries, with a focus on emerging countries. They support joint research projects, fellowships and other forms of cooperation. For the period 2013-2016, the State Secretariat for Eudcation, Research and Innovation (SERI) mandated the SNSF to implement one of the funding schemes available within these programs – the Joint Research Projects (JRPs) – for seven countries: China, India, Russia, South Africa, Japan, South Korea and Brazil.

Contact Person: benedetto [dot] lepori [at] usi [dot] ch (Benedetto Lepori)