National Research Programmes (NRPs)
The National Research Programmes (NRPs) generate scientific knowledge aimed at solving Switzerland's most pressing problems. They last between six and seven years and have a budget of CHF 10 to 20 million. The topics are specified by the Federal Council.
NRPs are focused on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. The individual research projects and groups work towards a predefined overall goal. A great deal of importance is attached to knowledge and technology transfer.