Basic research

The core mission of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is to select and fund the best basic research projects.

​Basic research …

  • … generates scientific insights into humans and the natural world.
  • … is impartial and does not pursue any commercial interests.
  • … relies on public funding.
  • … paves the way for both technical and social innovation and is therefore essential for social prosperity in the long term.
  • … starts a process that continues with use-inspired research and ends with the development of real-world applications.
  • … accounts for the majority of SNSF-funded projects.