The Commission for Research Networks promotes coordination offices of global research networks based in Switzerland. These work on current social and scientific challenges across disciplinary boundaries.more

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The research networks currently supported by SCNAT were largely established in the two decades around the turn of the millennium. In some cases, Swiss researchers were the driving force. In other networks, the track record of the researchers was decisive in the choice of Switzerland as the location for the coordination office.

Until 2017, these offices and institutions were supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. After that, this task was transferred to SCNAT. The importance of international research networks for addressing complex issues has increased significantly in recent years. The Academy is pursuing the goal of strengthening Switzerland as a research location by creating a regular funding vehicle for the establishment of coordination offices of research networks. In particular, the processing of newly emerging complex research questions should be possible.


Commission for Research Networks
c/o Dr. Stefan Nussbaum
General secretariat
House of Academies
PO Box
3001 Bern