swiss national science foundation

What is the Swiss National Science Foundation?

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) (Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in german and fonds national suisse de la recherche scientifique in french) is the most important Swiss institute promoting scientific research. It is mandated by the Swiss Federal government and supports all disciplines, from philosophy and biology to the nanosciences and medicine. It has a wide range of research funding programmes at its disposal. Every year, the SNSF awards over 700 million Swiss francs to the best applications.

Possibilities of funding

The SNSF offers a wide range of funding schemes. With few exceptions (mainly research programmes), the topics and scope of the research can be defined by the researchers themselves. For funding purposes it distinguishes between:

  • Projects
  • Careers
  • Programmes
  • Infrastructures
  • Science communication

The different funding schemes, guidelines, applications forms and deadlines can be found on the SNSF webpage.

Who can apply?

Most of the funding schemes and programmes are open to all scientists and academics of any nationality working in Switzerland.

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