The SNSF was established as a private foundation in 1952. Its headquarters are in Berne.


Foundation Council and its Executive Committee ›

Highest body of the SNSF, takes strategic decisions

National Research Council ›

Evaluates several thousand applications each year

  1. Humanities and Social Sciences
  2. Mathematics, Natural and Engineering Sciences
  3. Biology and Medicine
  4. Programmes
Specialised Committees
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Careers
  • International Co-operation


  • Gender Equality in Research Funding
  • Research Integrity

Research Commissions at Swiss higher education institutions ›

Locally based commissions acting as a link to the SNSF

Administrative Offices ›

Support the Foundation Council, the Research Council and the Research Commissions

  • Executive Management
  • Staff Services
  • Research Funding
  • Central Services


Communication Division