Profile 2015-2016

This publication, entitled “Profile 2015–2016”, replaces the annual report published by the SNSF until last year. The new Profile not only looks back – it also presents faces and personalities, as well as issues and points of view, in an attempt to shed light on the present and foster debate about the future.

A significantly higher number of project proposals and the trend towards a more open research culture: against this dynamic backdrop, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) funded over 3200 research proposals in 2015 with approximately 878 million Swiss francs, thereby making a substantial contribution to a strong Swiss science scene.

As shown in its new "Profile 2015-2016", the SNSF allocated more than half of its funds or 441 million francs to its main funding scheme, thematically open project funding. In the 1100 funded projects, outstanding researchers in Switzerland are able to implement innovative new research ideas. The projects include 2400 planned cross-border collaborations. This corresponds to more than two per project and underscores the importance of international coordination and integration for excellent research.