New SNSF website: Easy access and service-oriented content


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The SNSF has completely overhauled its website. This update takes into account the changing needs of the scientific community and partners, placing greater focus on service and dialogue, and on the integration of social media.

The SNSF has geared its new website to the varying information needs of its key target groups – researchers, institutions of higher education, the ERI sector and interested members of the public. The redesign has clear aims:

  • To offer information that is easy to access and clearly structured
  • To design the content and offering in a service-oriented manner
  • To create a high level of transparency with regard to the SNSF’s activities
  • To initiate dialogue on relevant issues
  • To integrate social media as key information channels
  • To shed light on the world of research and the people involved in it


In order to achieve these goals, the SNSF has three main navigation links on its new website, each with a different focus, and providing the following information and services:

  • The SNSF: profile (new: presentation of all members of the National Research Council), organisational structure, evaluation procedures, partners, research policies, SNSF blog (new)
  • Funding: selection tool for funding instruments (new), calls for proposals, funding schemes, specialist pages "Promotion of young researchers", "International funding" and "Gender equality", "How to" section (new) 
  • Research in focus: news room (new), dossiers, Horizons research magazine, media, social media (new), events, P3 research database


The new look is designed to make the website clear and easy to use, with an even more diverse range of information that is easy to access. Using the new selection tool for funding instruments, researchers will be able to find a suitable SNSF funding scheme quickly and with ease. The “How to” section includes instructions and further information on how to apply for funding at the SNSF. The new SNSF blog will look at current research and research policy issues, encouraging dialogue with target groups.

Instead of SNSFinfo print: newsletter and Twitter!

With the launch of the new website, the SNSF has further expanded its communications through electronic media and social media. In contrast, “SNSFinfo print” will no longer be published, helping to reduce the SNSF’s costs. In order to keep up to date with the SNSF’s activities, readers who previously received printed information can now subscribe to the electronic SNSF newsletter or follow the SNSF on Twitter, if they are not already doing so. The newsletter will no longer be produced monthly but will generally be issued at shorter intervals to coincide with newsworthy events.

Communication division