CHF 65 million for three new National Research Programmes


The Federal Council has approved three new National Research Programmes on smarter health care, antimicrobial resistance and big data.

Three National Research Programmes (NRPs) have been approved by the Federal Council. One aims to study ways of improving the Swiss health care system. Another will help in fighting the upsurge in antibiotic resistance. And the third will focus on the technical and societal issues raised by big data. The studies will be funded for a period of five years. The total budget allocated to the three NRPs amounts to CHF 65 million. Based on a mandate from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) conducted feasibility studies for several potential programmes and submitted its recommendations to the Federal Council. The SNSF is pleased about the decision to implement these three programmes, which address topics of great scientific importance for Switzerland.The Steering Committees of the three NRPs will be formed in summer 2015. A call for proposals for each programme is due to be launched in autumn 2015. The scope of the programmes and the participation requirements for research groups will be specified on dedicated websites. Subsequently, interested research groups will have three months in which to submit their project outlines. A final selection of projects will be made in 2016, with research being expected to start in autumn 2016 and continue for a period of four to five years. SERI press release
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