Promotion of Research Funding

Funding Programs

Here you will find information about major funding agencies and programs that support research and innovation in Switzerland. An overview is also available on the website of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. You can find a database of networks und calls in the area of transnational research and development on the support platform ERA-LEARN 2020.

Active and Assisted Living Joint Programme (2014-2020)

AAL aims to enhance the quality of life of older people by supporting applied research on innovative ICT-enhanced services. It is funded by AAL Member States and the EU. AAL is the successor to the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (2008-2013).

Swiss participation: yes (Partner State)
Swiss funding: yes (national)

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Clean Sky 2 (2014-2024)

Clean Sky 2 aims to develop break-through technologies for the civil aircraft market in order to cut aircraft emissions and noise, and to increase transport efficiency. It is a Joint Technology Initiative between the EU, companies (incl. SMEs), universities and public laboratories. Clean Sky 2 is the successor to Clean Sky (2008-2013).

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes

EU factsheet / CH factsheet

Copernicus (1998- )

Copernicus is the European Earth Observation and Monitoring Programme. It is a partnership between the EU, the European Space Agency and the European Environment Agency. It publishes calls to further develop the monitoring system. Its previous name was Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES).

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes

EU factsheet

COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology (1971- )

COST aims to bundle nationally funded research projects into pan-European networks (COST Actions) across all science and technology fields. It generally does not fund research but provides support for the networking activities within the COST Actions. The Swiss COST Coordinator (SNSF) has limited funds available for research.

Swiss participation: yes (depending on the COST Action)
Swiss funding: yes (limited)

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Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (2014-2024)

ECSEL aims to boost Europe’s electronics manufacturing capabilities. It is a Joint Technology Initiative between the EU and three associations in the areas of micro- and nanoelectronics, smart integrated systems, and embedded/cyber-physical systems. ECSEL is a merger of ARTEMIS (embedded systems), ENIAC (nanoelectronics) and EPoSS (smart systems).

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes

EU factsheet / CH factsheet

EUREKA (1995- )

EUREKA aims to enhance European competitiveness by fostering innovation-driven entrepreneurship between small and large industry, research institutes and universities. It is an intergovernmental network involving over 40 countries that endorses various thematic networks and clusters with the EUREKA label, and funds the Eurostars program.

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes (Eurostars only)

EU factsheet / CH factsheet

European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership 2 (2014-2023)

EDCTP2 aims to reduce the burden of poverty-related diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries by accelerating the clinical development of affordable medical interventions. It is a partnership between the EU and sub-Saharan Africa. EDCTP2 is the successor to EDCTP (2003-2013).

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes

EU factsheet

Eurostars-2 (2014-2020)

Eurostars-2 supports R&D projects led by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) aiming to develop rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily lives of people around the world. It is a joint program between EUREKA and the EU, co-funded by the more than 30 Eurostars member countries. Eurostars-2 is the successor to Eurostars (2007-2013).

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes (national)

CH factsheet / Euresearch factsheet

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 (2014-2024)

FCH 2 aims to accelerate the market introduction of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in order to achieve a carbon-lean energy system. It is a Joint Technology Initiative between the EU, industry (NEW-IG) and the research community (N.ERGHY). FCH 2 is the successor to Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (2008-2013).

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes

EU factsheet / CH factsheet / Euresearch factsheet

Horizon 2020 (2014-2020)

H2020 aims to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together. Focusing on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges, it is the biggest EU Research and Innovation Programme to date. H2020 is the successor to the 7th Framework Programme (FP7; 2007-2014).

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes

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Human Frontier Science Program (1989-)

The goal of the HFSP is to support frontier research on the complex mechanisms of living organisms. Particular emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary and high-risk projects. It is financed by the HFSP member countries and the EU, and provides funding for research grants, postdoctoral fellowships and career development awards

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes

CH factsheet

Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 (2014-2024)

IMI 2 aims to develop better vaccines, medicines and treatments, and more reliable and faster clinical trials. It is a Joint Technology Initiative between the EU and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, involving companies (incl. SMEs), universities, public laboratories, patient groups and regulators. IMI 2 is the successor to IMI (2008-2013).

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes

EU factsheet / CH factsheet / Euresearch factsheet

Innosuisse – Swiss Innovation Agency

Through innovation projects, networking, training and coaching, Innosuisse promotes cooperation between academic research and the market. It thereby lays the groundwork for successful Swiss start-ups, products and services. Successful projects are funded by the federal government and participating companies. Innosuisse replaces the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI, 1996-2017).

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes

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Swiss National Science Foundation

The SNSF supports scientific research in all fields at Swiss Universities and other scientific institutions and awards fellowships to young scientists. It is the primary funding agency in Switzerland and is mandated by the Swiss government.

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes

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Swiss Personalized Health Network (2017-2020)

The goal of the SPHN initiative is to promote the development of personalized medicine and personalized health in Switzerland. The SPHN is a project of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and is financed by the Swiss government as well as with matching funds from the participating institutions.

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes

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U.S. Department of Defense – Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (1992-)

The CDMRP fosters novel approaches in biomedical research that will lead to new treatment methods, improvements in patient care, or breakthrough technologies and resources of clinical benefit. It funds basic research as well as clinical projects on a range of topics of relevance to the health of US army personnel and veterans.

Swiss participation: yes
Swiss funding: yes

U.S. National Institutes of Health

The NIH funds research into the nature and behavior of living systems in order to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. It is the primary agency of the U.S. government responsible for biomedical and health-related research.

Swiss participation: limited
Swiss funding: yes

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U.S. National Science Foundation

The NSF supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. It is a U.S. government agency and the major source of funding for fields such as mathematics, computer science, economics and the social sciences.

Swiss participation: limited
Swiss funding: depending on program

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