National Research Programmes NRP

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The National Research Programmes (NRPs) are the federal government’s research funding tool to support research projects that develop knowledge useful in guiding decisions and practices – and thereby help to solve current challenges. At the request of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), the Federal Council periodically decides on the thematic focus of new NRPs and the budget for each. Each NRP runs for a period of around two to five years. Since the instrument was first introduced, 80 NRPs have been launched, covering a wide range of themes.

NRP Thematic Proposal Round for 2022/2023

Collection of NRP Thematic Proposals completed

On behalf of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) and in preparation for the launch of two to three new NRPs, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) collected  thematic proposals for new NRPs. The closing date for submission of thematic proposals for new NRPs was 23 March 2022.

The further steps up to the launch of new NRPs follows the process described below: ‘Overview of thematic selection process’, with the following most important elements.

  • During the first phase, SERI will review all proposals submitted in time by summer 2022. The initial review is based on established NRP criteria.
  • During the second phase, SERI selects thematic proposals and forwards these to the SNSF for a feasibility study. This second phase allows that various thematic proposals to be assessed in terms of the potential scientific contributions that can be made towards solving the given problems, in terms of the research potential in Switzerland and in terms of whether an NRP is the most suitable instrument.
  • At SERI's request, the SNSF will develop NRP concepts for eligible thematic proposals.
  • Based on SERI's clarifications, the SNSF’s feasibility study and NRP concepts, the EAER will submit a final proposal to the Federal Council concerning the launch of two to three new NRPs. These NRPs can be small, medium or large in scope, depending on the problems and the issues to be addressed.
  • The Federal Council is expected to decide on the number, content and budget of NRPs from the current NRP thematic round in the spring 2023.

Start of NRP following Federal Council decree

  • Once the new NRPs have been launched, SERI will issue a mandate to the SNSF to implement them.
  • For each approved NRP, the SNSF will prepare a call for project proposals based on the Federal Council decree, the feasibility study and the NRP concept. Immediately after SERI approves the call for proposals, the new NRP will be advertised (start of programme).
  • Submitting a thematic NRP proposal has no impact whatsoever on your eligibility to apply for NRPs that are effectively launched. All researchers may submit project proposals to the SNSF in response to the call for proposals for the new NRP in question. Each project proposal wlll undergo a normal review procedure based on SNSF standards. Research usually begins about one year after the start of the NRP.

What process is used to select topics?

After State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has opened a new selection round, interested parties can submit proposals for new NRP topics. The topics for new NRPs will be selected through a bottom-up process.


Current National Research Programmes

Concluded National Research Programmes

NRP  number National Research Programmes NRP
NRP 71 Managing Energy Consumption
NRP 70 Energy Turnaround
NRP 69 Healthy Nutrition and Sustainable Food Production
NRP 68 Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource
NRP 67 End of Life
NRP 66 Resource Wood
NRP 65 New Urban Quality
NRP 64 Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials
NRP 63 Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
NRP 62 Smart Materials
NRP 61 Sustainable water management
NRP 60 Gender Equality
NRP 59 Benefits and Risks of the Deliberate Release of Genetically Modified Plants
NRP 58 Religions, the State and Society
NRP 57 "Non-Ionising Radiation - Health and Environment"
NRP 56 Language diversity and competences in Switzerland
NRP 54 Sustainable Development of the Built Environment
NRP 53 Musculoskeletal Health - Chronic Pain
NRP 52 Childhood, Youth and Intergenerational Relationships in a Changing Society
NRP 51 Social Integration and Social Exclusion
NRP 50 Endocrine Disruptors: Relevance to Humans, Animals and Ecosystems
NRP 49 Antibiotic resistance
NRP 48 Landscapes and Habitats of the Alps
NRP 47 Supramolecular Functional Materials
NRP 46 Implants and Transplants
NRP 45 Future Problems of the Welfare State
NRP 44 Energy: Socio-economic Research in the Consumer Domain
NRP 43 Formation and Employment
NRP 42+ Relations between Switzerland and South Africa
NRP 42 Foreign Policy
NRP 41 Transport and Environment: Interactions Switzerland - Europe
NRP 40+ Right-wing Extremism -Causes and Counter-measures
NRP 40 Violence in Daily Life and Organized Crime
NRP 39 Migration and Intercultural Relations
NRP 38+ Pathogenesis of novel forms of infectious diseases
NRP 38 Diseases of the Nervous System
NRP 37 Somatic Gene Therapy
NRP 36 Nanosciences
NRP 35 Social and Legal Status of Women - Ways to Equality
NRP 34 Complementary Medicine
NRP 33 Effectiveness of our Education Systems
NRP 32 Ageing
NRP 31 Climatic Changes and Natural Hazards
NRP 30 High Temperature Supraconductivity
NRP 29 Changes of Life Style and Social Security
NRP 28 Switzerland in a Changing World: Challenge for Foreign Trade and Development Politics
NRP 27 Efficiency of Governmental Actions
NRP 26 Man, Health and Environment
NRP 25 City and Traffic
NRP 24 Chemistry and Physics on Surfaces
NRP 23 Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
NRP 22 Use of Land in Switzerland
NRP 21 Cultural Diversity and National Identity
NRP 20 Geological Deep Structure of Switzerland
NRP 19 Materials for Tomorrow's Needs
NRP 18 Biomedical Engineering
NRP 17 Alternative Methods to Experiments on Animals
NRP 16 Methods for Conservation of Objects of Cultural Value
NRP 15 World of Work: Humanisation and Technological Development
NRP 14 Circulation and Pollution of Air and Forest Damage in Switzerland
NRP 13 Research in Micro- and Opto-electronics
NRP 12 Wood as Renewable Raw Material and Energy Source
NRP 11 Safety Policy
NRP 10 Education and Acting in Society and Professional Life
NRP 09 Mechanisms and Development of Swiss Economy and their Social Consequences
NRP 08 Economy and Effectiveness of Swiss Health Care
NRP 07 Problems of Raw and Other Materials
NRP 06 Decision Processes in Swiss Democracy
NRP 05+ Man and Biosphere (MAB)
NRP 05 Regional Problems in Switzerland
NRP 04 Research and Development in the Domain of Energy
NRP 03 Problems of Social Integration in Switzerland
NRP 02 Fundamental Problems of Swiss Hydrologic Cycle
NRP 01 Cardio-vascular Diseases


SERI, Claudine Dolt
Scientific Advisor
National Research
T +41 58 462 78 38

Secretariat NRP
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