Swiss National Science Foundation
Schweizerischer Nationalfonds
Fonds National Suisse

Type of Structure: organisation / agency
Regional Scope: national in the area: Switzerland / Europe
Parent Organisations:
Child Organisations: FORS
No more in operation: NCCR-Climate, NCCR-CO-ME, NCCR-FINRISK, NCCR-North-South, NCCR-Plant_Survival, NCCR-Structural_Biology, POLLUMET
Duration : 1952 to present
Contact Address:
Postfach 8232
3001 Bern
Phone: +41 (0) 31 308 22 22

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General information and objectives

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is Switzerland’s leading provider of scientific research funding. The SNSF annually supports some 7,000 researchers, 5,000 or more of whom are aged 35 years or younger. With its federal mandate, it supports basic research in all disciplines, from philosophy and biology to the nanosciences and medicine. It also invests in applied research in various scientific fields.

The focus of its activities is the scientific endorsement of projects submitted by researchers. The best applicants are funded by the SNSF with an annual total amount equalling approximately CHF 500 million.  
Established in 1952 as a foundation under private law, the SNSF has the autonomy it needs to promote independent scientific research. The SNSF is committed to promoting young scientists and works to ensure that scientific research in Switzerland has the most favourable conditions for developing internationally. It also encourages dialogue between scientists and representatives in society, politics and the economy.

For further details, link to the SNF Home Page

Last update: 4/19/16
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)

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