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swissworld.org - Switzerland's official information portal

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Funding and support instruments

The federal government deploys a variety of instruments to support research, innovation and knowledge transfer. It is also responsible for drafting, implementing and executing legislation on the matter.

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Swiss National Science Foundation

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is the most important instrument that the federal government has at its disposal for the promotion of research and the development of a new generation of scientists. The foundation which was set up in 1952 supports scientific research in Swiss universities and independent research institutions. The main thrust of the foundation's activities are the financial backing of high-quality individual projects in the sphere of general basic research, and the nurturing of young scientific talent. The SNSF is also responsible for the National Research Programmes (NRP) and the National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR).

Commission for Innovation and Technology

The federal Commission for Innovation and Technology (CTI) has been supporting the transfer of knowledge and technology between businesses and universities for over 60 years. As well as promoting the development and application of new technologies, the CTI brings dynamic companies and researchers at universities together by supporting their cooperation in applied R&D.