Research is among the core missions of Swiss universities. It focuses on fundamental questions and promotes new insights, scientific and social innovation, and the transfer of knowledge and technology. The universities provide funding for research, e.g. as part of hiring or in the form of research funds, and in doing so they attempt to create an optimal framework. At the same time, they support their researchers in the acquisition of third-party funds, as the majority of research at Swiss universities is funded this way. The main third party funding instruments for Swiss academia are:
[Source: Feb 2016, https://www.swissuniversities.ch/de/themen/forschung/]
Swiss Academies of Arts and Science
The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences is an association of
It further comprises the centre of excellence for technology assessment (TA-SWISS) and Science et Cité as well as other scientific networks.
The academies engage themselves specifically for an equitable dialogue between science and society, and they advise politics and society in science-based issues that are relevant to society. They represent sciences across institutions and disciplines. Established in the scientific community, they have access to expertise and excellence and can therefore contribute specific knowledge to important political questions. [Source: http://www.akademien-schweiz.ch/en/index/Portrait.html]