• Switzerland has the highest number of Nobel Prizes per capita (25 Nobel Laureates with Swiss citizenship)
  • More than 50% of university professors in Switzerland are foreigners
  • Important international research infrastructures like CERN are located in Switzerland
  • Swiss expenditure in R&D constitutes 2.4% of the GDP
  • With 4286publication per mio. inhabitants between 2011 and 2015, Switzerland is the world leading country in scientific production

Basic research on topics of strategic interest for the country is essentially performed within the ETH Domain. On broader domains, basic research is also in the mandate of the ten cantonal universities and it 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 about 8’500 scientists by awarding over 700 million Swiss francs.
  • SNSF contributes to the high quality of Swiss research by distributing public research funds based on a competitive system.
  • SNSF supports basic science in all academic disciplines, from history to medicine, engineering and sciences.
  • A wide range of funding opportunities for individual careers are offered
  • Each researcher working in Switzerland can apply for funding of his project
  • SNSF has targeted interdisciplinary funding programmes aiming to address current questions/issues of national significance.
  • 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
  • National Centres of Competences in Research (NCCR) work under the umbrella of SNSF as research networks in different fields


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