Research in Switzerland under threat: countermeasures by the SNSF


International competition plays an important role in generating research excellence. After the yes vote in the referendum on “mass immigration”, researchers in Switzerland were temporarily unable to apply for the prestigious grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC). Aiming to maintain the international competitiveness of research conducted in Switzerland, the SNSF offered its own Starting Grants and Consolidator Grants as a stop-gap solution for 2014.

(Source: Annual report 2014)