Decision about new NCCRs taken


Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann announced Tuesday the creation of eight new National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR). They will be set up at the universities of Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva and Neuchâtel, as well as at the EPF Lausanne and the ETH Zurich.

Following a scientific assessment of the 60 applications by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) decided to create the following eight new NCCRs:

  • NCCR PlanetS
    Prof. Willy Benz, University of Bern (Co-Leading House: University of Geneva)
    Federal funding 2014 – 2017: CHF 17.6 million
  • NCCR On the Move: The Migration-Mobility Nexus
    Prof. Gianni D'Amato, University of Neuchâtel
    Federal funding 2014 – 2017: CHF 17.2 million
  • NCCR Digital Fabrication – Advanced Building Processes in Architecture
    Prof. Matthias Daniel Kohler, ETH Zurich
    Federal funding 2014 – 2017: CHF 13.4 million
  • NCCR Materials' Revolution: Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials (MARVEL)
    Prof. Nicola Marzari, ETH Lausanne
    Federal funding 2014 – 2017: CHF 18 million
  • NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering
    Prof. Wolfgang Meier, University of Basel (Co-Leading House: ETH Zurich)
    Federal funding 2014 – 2017: CHF 16.9 million
  • NCCR RNA & Disease: Understanding the Role of RNA Biology in
    Disease Mechanisms
    Prof. Oliver Mühlemann, University of Bern (Co-Leading House: ETH Zurich)
    Federal funding 2014 – 2017: CHF 16.6 million
  • NCCR The Mathematics of Physics – SwissMAP
    Prof. Stanislav Smirnov, University of Geneva (Co-Leading House: ETH Zurich)
    Federal funding 2014 – 2017: CHF 11.2 million
  • NCCR Centre for Bio-Inspired Stimuli-Responsive Materials
    Prof. Christoph Weder, University of Fribourg
    Federal funding 2014 – 2017: CHF 12 million

Through the NCCRs, the Confederation has been supporting research networks of the highest quality, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary and new innovative approaches within disciplines since 2001. As of 2014 there will be a total 21 of NCCRs. They will benefit from a significant level of federal funding over a period of up to twelve years.

Programmes Division 
Stefan Bachmann