Foundation Council and Executive Committee

The Foundation Council is the highest body of the SNSF and makes strategic decisions. It ensures that the Foundation stays on mission, defines the position of the SNSF on research policy issues and produces planning documents.

​The members of the Foundation Council are drawn from the most important organisations in the Swiss research community (higher education institutions, the Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities, the academies, etc.) and include representatives from politics and industry nominated by the Federal Council. The Executive Committee is composed of members of the Foundation Council.

Its responsibilities include the election of members of the Research Council as well as the approval of the financial budget, key regulations and the service agreements with the federal government.

Organisational regulations of the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council (PDF, 141 KB)

Compliance Committee

The Compliance Committee supports the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council in its supervisory function with regard to the scientific activities of the SNSF. The Compliance Committee reports to the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council and is elected by the latter. It has five members. The person responsible for compliance within the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council assumes the presidency.

The Compliance Committee systematically assesses the legality and adequacy of funding decisions as well as the organization of compliance (totality of measures for guaranteeing legality and adequacy) and proposes improvements.

Regulations for the Compliance Committee of the Swiss National Science Foundation of 01.03.2013


Executive staff