Swiss National Science Foundation

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is a science research support organization mandated by the Swiss Federal Government. The SNSF was established under private law by physicist and medical doctor Alexander von Muralt in 1952. The SNSF consists of three main bodies: Foundation Council, National Research Council and Administrative Offices. The Foundation Council is the highest authority and makes strategic decisions. The National Research Council is composed of distinguished researchers who mostly work at Swiss institutions of higher education. They assess research proposals submitted to the SNSF and make funding decisions. The National Research Council comprises up to 100 members and is subdivided into four divisions: The divisions work together with local Research Commissions, which are based at institutions of higher education. These commissions act as a link to the SNSF and they offer a local perspective on applications emanating from their institution. The Administrative Offices support and coordinate the activities of the Foundation Council, the Research Council and the Research Commissions.

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Neuroscience

Researchers link a rabbit retina to a chip in vitro

Nystagmus is a genetically transmitted disease that causes an uncontrolled, back-and-forth twitching of the eyeball. Roughly one in every 1,500 men suffer from it. But before now, we did not know that this twitching is caused ...

Neuroscience

Learning in your sleep – the right way

You can swot up on vocabulary in your sleep – but only if you don't confuse your brain in the process. Researchers funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation have invited people to their sleep lab for a Dutch language ...

Health

Sex education: Why school and parents should work together

There is an ongoing debate in society about sex education. Now a study funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation suggests that the best approach is a combination of parents and school. And that using friends and the ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Work capability assessments: Making them more consistent

On behalf of social security institutions, psychiatrists assess to what extent people with mental health problems are still able to work. However, the work capability assessments tend to be far too dissimilar. A new training ...

Neuroscience

Speeding up genetic diagnosis of Huntington's disease

Elongated segments of DNA cause Huntington's disease and certain other disorders of the brain. Researchers funded by the SNSF have developed a method to determine the length of the mutated genes quickly and easily.

Medical research

Eating less is healthy thanks to gut bacteria

Mice with a lower calorie intake live longer and are both healthier and leaner. A team of researchers funded by the SNSF may have found the reason for this positive effect: much of it is down to gut microbial communities ...

Oncology & Cancer

Cancer: More targeted use of immunotherapy

Doctors are increasingly fighting cancer by stimulating patients' immune systems. SNSF-supported researchers have now discovered a method for predicting the likelihood of treatment success.

Oncology & Cancer

Why asbestos is so dangerous

The fact that asbestos causes cancer has been largely undisputed for nearly 50 years. Now, researchers supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) have discovered why the fibres cause such damage to the body. ...

Medical research

Dangerous generalisations in medical research

Drugs are taboo during pregnancy. That's the guiding principle. But the reality is different. According to an international study that was published in 2014 in the British Medical Journal, 80 percent of all women take drugs ...

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