NCCR Affective Sciences
Home institution: University of Geneva
The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "Affective Sciences – Emotions in Individual Behaviour and Social Processes" is one of the world’s first interdisciplinary research networks to examine emotions in a comprehensive manner.
The influence of emotional factors is becoming increasingly important in explaining human behaviour: not only in research, but also in politics and economics. Psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers, economists, lawyers and anthropologists work together on research on the psychological, biological and social mechanisms that generate and control emotions. They explore the emergence of emotions and feelings, their regulation and their social functions. Their findings help to improve physical and mental health, foster well-being in the family and the workplace, and develop skills in the handling of emotions.
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Management / Coordination
NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institution involved in the NCCR also contributes a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.
The SNSF is financing the NCCR Affective Sciences in its third funding period, i.e. over the maximum permissible running time of twelve years.
Financing 2005 – 2017 (Swiss Francs)
Time-frame Funding source 2005-2008 2009-2012 2013-2016 SNSF grant 10'000'000 11'112‘028 8'498’142 Funds of Geneva University 1‘947‘438 5‘590‘216 6'905’894 Group funds of the project participants 10‘804‘550 14‘674‘813 15'934’632 External funds 1‘042‘448 4‘430’715 3'528’309 Total 23‘794‘436 35‘807‘772 34'866’977
Evaluation / Review Panel
For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR Affective Sciences consists of the following experts:
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National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.
NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.
Structures created by this NCCR until now:
Contributions to society and the economy
The National Centres of Competence in Research not only engage in cutting-edge research, they also play an important role in transferring knowledge and new technologies to the economy and to society at large. They lead to the formation of start-ups, and the new insights have the potential to awaken the interest of politicians, globally active companies and the public at large.
Communication and knowledge transfer of the NCCR Affective Sciences:
Promotion of academic careers and equal opportunities
The National Centres of Competence in Research consciously promote promising young researchers and are committed to equal opportunities for men and women in research.
Measures taken by the NCCR Affective Sciences to promote young researchers and gender equality.