The SNSF also funds indirect research costs of universities
Since 2009, the SNSF has financed a portion of the indirect research costs incurred by SNSF-funded projects at research institutions. In 2021, 102 million Swiss francs are available for these “overhead” costs.
With overhead contributions the federal government intends to reinforce competitively financed research in Switzerland. The funds supplement the federal government’s basic and project contributions. Overhead serves as an incentive for universities to apply for SNSF funds, thus strengthening research at these institutions.