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For Swiss scientists of all trades, 2002 was a year to celebrate. It marked the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). With the help of this organization, Switzerland has been able to maintain its position at the cutting edge of research and development.

The SNSF backs scientists in their inquiries into a range of areas. It divides its support into four major divisions: Humanities and Social Sciences; Mathematics, Natural and Engineering Sciences; Biology and Medicine plus the National Research Programs division, devoted to interdisciplinary studies addressing problems of national concern.

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