NRP 62 Smart Materials

The National Research Programme “Smart Materials“ (NRP 62) is a cooperation programme between the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Innovation Promotion Agency CTI. Its goal is to explore the interaction of physical, chemical and biological properties of materials. In doing so, the design of systems which are able to react to changing external influences is in the foreground. In addition to the promotion of interdisciplinary and innovative projects at the interface between fundamental research and engineering sciences, in a second phase of the NRP the practice oriented development of new products is a main focus.

The three most important research axis of the programme will presumably refer to the following topics:

  • Design and production of suitable materials and the exploration of their physical, chemical and biological properties.
  • Recording, simulation and coupling of multi-dimensional answer functions of smart materials. In focus are applications in the fields of safety, environment, traffic, energy, health and biotechnology.
  • Development of suitable module technologies (e.g. design, structuring and coating technologies) which can be used in view of a future realisation.
Facts & figures
Overall fundingCHF 11'000'000
​Period of research5 years
​​President of the Steering Committee​Louis Schlapbach, Muri b. Bern
​Head of Knowledge transfer​Niklaus Bühler
Programme co-ordinator​Stefan Husi, SNSF
Call for proposalsNovember 2008