Action Plan 2021-2024

We invest in researchers and their ideas

Switzerland is a global leader in research and innovation. Our success is the result of consistent policies that prioritise education, research and innovation (ERI). Switzerland's international reputation in this area is excellent.

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) supports scientific research in all academic disciplines. We select and fund the best research projects and early-career researchers at national level based on competition. The knowledge generated in such projects provides a sound basis for economic and societal progress.

Our aim is to help create optimal conditions for Swiss researchers also during the 2021-2024 ERI period. This will put them on a strong footing to tackle current challenges, such as climate change or pandemics, and keep Swiss science fit to fight unexpected problems in the future. We have set ourselves a number of goals: to create more diversity in research; to bring research and innovation closer together; to enhance the benefits of research results for the economic and political sectors as well as for society as a whole.

The Swiss Parliament has approved a budget of 4.6 billion francs for the upcoming funding period, which we will use to implement our multi-year programme. This Action Plan gives an overview of the allocation of funds and of the new measures to be implemented.