National Research Programmes NRP

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Overview

The National Research Programmes are the federal government’s research funding tool to support research projects that develop knowledge useful to guiding decisions and practices – and thereby contribute to solving current challenges. NRPs usually run for around five years. Since the instrument was first introduced, over 70 NRPs have been launched, covering a wide range of themes.


New: Information about NRP 77 “Digital Transformation”

On 21 September 2018 the Federal Council launched the latest national research programme, on Digital Transformation, and tasked the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) with implementing it. Researchers have until 25 February 2019 to submit their project proposals to the SNSF.

More information about the programme can be found on the NRP 77 Website.

Any questions regarding programme implementation should be sent directly to the SNSF (contact details of NRP 77 programme management section: Dr. Barbara Flückiger Schwarzenbach and Dr Marjory Hunt; nfp77@snf.ch; tel. 031 308 22 22).


About NRPs

National Research Programmes (NRPs) enable the Confederation to fund research projects that develop knowledge required for strategic planning and action and thus help to address current social and economic challenges. At the request of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), the Federal Council periodically decides which topics should be addressed in one to three new NRPs and the budget for each NRP.

NRPs reach completion after a period of around five years. Since the instrument was first launched, over 70 NRPs have been launched on a variety of topics.

What process is used to select topics?
After State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has opened a new selection round, interested parties 1 can submit proposals for new NRP topics. The topics for new NRPs will be selected through a bottom-up process.

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  1. SERI opens NRP selection round (generally without any thematic guidelines).
  2. Interested parties can submit topic proposals to SERI.
  3. After examining the proposals, the SERI formulates possible NRP topics and clarification questions and forwards these to the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to assess feasibility.
  4. SNSF develops concepts for NRP proposals deemed feasible.
  5. Based on these NRP concepts, the Federal Council decides, at the EAER's request, which NRPs will be launched along with the corresponding budget allocations.
  6. SERI (EAER) commissions the SNSF to prepare tender documents following the Federal Council's decision.
  7. SERI approves tender documents.
  8. SNSF issues call for NRP proposals.
  9. Researchers may submit their NRP proposals to the SNSF. Project proposals go through the due diligence procedure based on SNSF standards.
1 O-RIPA, article 4 paragraph 1: Federal offices and any natural or legal person may propose topics for NRP to the SERI.

Next NRP assessment round (advance information)

The key dates in the next assessment round will be published on this website at a later date.


Current National Research Programmes


Concluded National Research Programmes

NRP  number National Research Programmes NRP
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

Further information

Contact

SERI, Claudine Dolt

Scientific Advisor
National Research
T +41 58 462 78 38

Secretariat NRP

T +41 58 466 77 90

Print contact

https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/content/sbfi/en/home/research-and-innovation/research-and-innovation-in-switzerland/promotion-instruments/national-research-programmes-nrp.html