The SNSF offers a range of research funding schemes, each with its own budget. In so doing, it seeks to implement the principle of fair competition: applications must always be evaluated in a competitive procedure through comparisons with similar applications.

​For funding purposes, the SNSF distinguishes between

  • Projects
  • Careers
  • Programmes
  • Infrastructures
  • Public science communication
  • Additional measures

In the funding of projects, careers, infrastructures and science communication, the applicants are free to define the topic and scope of their research projects themselves.