• Switzerland has the highest number of Nobel Prizes per capita (25 Nobel Laureates with Swiss citizenship)
  • Swiss expenditure in education constitutes 6% of the GDP
  • More than 50% of university professors in Switzerland are from abroad
  • Almost 25% of the students are not Swiss citizens
  • Important international research infrastructures like CERN are domiciled in Switzerland
  • Swiss expenditure in R&D constitutes 2.96% of the GDP
  • With 1.29 publication per researcher, Switzerland is the leading country in scientific production

Basic research is essentially performed within the ETH Domain, at the ten cantonal universities and in the private sector by a small number of large corporations. Basic research in Switzerland is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which also devotes particular attention to the advancement of young scientists


The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is Switzerland’s foremost institution in the promotion of scientific research. Its core task is the evaluation of research proposals and the support of scientists and projects.

  • Every year, the SNSF supports 8’500 scientists by awarding over 700 million Swiss francs.
  • SNSF contributes to the high quality of Swiss research by distributing public research money based on a competitive system.
  • SNSF supports basic science in all academic disciplines, from history to medicine and engineering sciences.
  • Careers: A wide range of funding opportunities for individual careers are offered
  • Projects: Any researcher working in Switzerland can apply for funding of his project
  • Programmes: SNSF has targeted interdisciplinary funding programmes aiming to solve current problems of national significance.
  • International: SNSF is strongly committed to facilitating and promoting international engagement for the Swiss research community and provides a number of funding opportunities for this purpose.


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