Foundation Council and Executive Committee of the Foundation Council

The SNSF is a foundation under private law with a public funding mandate.

As its highest body, the Foundation Council ensures that the SNSF is on mission to fulfil the purpose of the foundation. It supervises the activities of the bodies of the SNSF. Based on a recommendation from the National Research Council, it approves the principles of the SNSF's funding policy and, in particular, the multi-year programme. The Foundation Council is responsible for approving the annual statement and the annual report. It is composed of up to 45 members that include representatives of the federal government, the higher education institutions, the Swiss Academies of Arts & Sciences as well as of other organisations of the Swiss science sector.

The Executive Committee prepares agenda items of the Foundation Council and it directly supervises the activities of the National Research Council and the Administrative Offices. It elects the members of the Research Council and - together with the president of the Research Council - the Executive Management of the Administrative Offices. The Executive Committee also approves the service level agreement with the Swiss Confederation.

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

​Contact

Executive staff
E-mail gs@snf.ch