International Affairs


It is in Switzerland’s interest to increase awareness of its strengths as an internationally competitive location for scientific research and technological development and to promote its worldwide cooperation in these fields at personal and institutional levels. That is why foreign scientific policy is an important element of Swiss foreign policy. In principle, individual Swiss universities and research institutions pursue their own international strategies, while the federal government takes a subsidiary role in this field.

Federal support of international cooperation in research and development is mainly carried out on a multilateral level through European research organisations (such as ESA, CERN and many others) and research programmes (such as the EU's framework programmes in particular). Specific programmes to promote bilateral cooperation European (neighbour) states are also supported.

In addition to this foreign scientific policy focussed almost exclusively on continental Europe, the federal government has recently set a new initiative for bilateral cooperation with priority partner countries outside Europe.

The federal government has three main instruments to implement its bilateral foreign scientific policy:

Further information


SERI, Mauro Moruzzi

Head of International Relations Division
Einsteinstrasse 2
CH-3003 Bern

T +41 58 462 68 36

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