Foundation Council and Executive Committee of the Foundation Council

The SNSF is a foundation under private law with a public funding mandate.

As its highest body, the Foundation Council ensures that the SNSF is on mission to fulfil the purpose of the foundation. It supervises the activities of the bodies of the SNSF. Based on a recommendation from the National Research Council, it approves the principles of the SNSF's funding policy and, in particular, the multi-year programme. The Foundation Council is responsible for approving the annual statement and the annual report. It is composed of up to 45 members that include representatives of the federal government, the higher education institutions, the Swiss Academies of Arts & Sciences as well as of other organisations of the Swiss science sector.

The Executive Committee prepares agenda items of the Foundation Council and it directly supervises the activities of the National Research Council and the Administrative Offices. It elects the members of the Research Council and - together with the president of the Research Council - the Executive Management of the Administrative Offices. The Executive Committee also approves the service level agreement with the Swiss Confederation.

  • Presidency

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    President

    Jürg Stahl

    ​Vice President

    Prof. Maria Schönbächler, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

  • Representatives of the universities and Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich and Lausanne

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    • University of Berne
      Prof. Daniel Candinas *
    • University of Fribourg
      Prof. Katharina Fromm *
    • University of Lausanne
      Prof. Franciska Krings *
    • University of the italian-speaking part of Switzerland
      Prof. Benedetto Lepori
    • University of Neuchâtel
      Prof. Simona Pekarek Doehler
    • University of Basel
      Prof. Torsten Schwede *
    • University of St Gallen
      Prof. Thomas Markus Zellweger
    • University of Geneva
      Prof. Dominique Soldati-Favre *
    • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL
      Prof. Harald Brune *
    • University of Lucerne
      Prof. Gisela Michel
    • University of Zurich
      Prof. Stefanie Walter*
    • Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)
      Prof. Sabine Werner*

    * Member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council

  • Representatives of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

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    • SATW
      Prof. Konstantinos Boulouchos
    • ASSH
      Prof. Claudine Burton-Jeangros
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      Prof. Dr. Antonio Loprieno, Basel
    • ASSM
      Prof. Daniel Scheidegger
    • SCNAT
      Prof. Maria Schönbächler *
      Prof. Marcel Tanner

    * Member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council

  • Representatives of the universities of applied sciences and of teacher education

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    • PHSG
      Prof. Horst Biedermann*
    • HES SUPSI
      Prof. Maria Caiata Zufferey
    • HSLU
      Prof. Markus Hodel
    • FH Graubünden
      Prof. Jürg Kessler
    • IUFE, Geneva (University of Teacher Education)
      Prof. Isabelle Mili
    • ZHAW
      Prof. Jean-Marc Piveteau
    • FHNW
      Prof. Falko Schlottig
    • HES-SO
      Dr. Luciana Vaccaro*

    * Member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council

  • Cooptations

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    • Non-commercial research centres outside academia
      Prof. Ron Appel, SIB
    • Research institutes of the ETH Domain
      Dr. Thierry Strässle, Director a.i. Paul Scherrer Institut
    • ETH Rat
      Prof. Michael Hengartner
    • swissuniversities
      Dr. Stefanie Wyssenbach
    • Young researchers' organisations
      Dr. Prabitha Urwyler
    • At the invitation of the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council
      Prof. Denis Duboule*
      EPF Lausanne and University of Geneva
    • Gebert-Rüf Stiftung
      Dr. Pascale Vonmont
    • Eos Entrepreneurs Foundation
      Dr. Erna Karrer – Rüedi

    * Member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council

  • Members elected by the Federal Council

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    • Jürg ​​Stahl
      President of Swiss Olympic *
    • Dr. Gregor Haefliger*, dep. Director,
      State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)
    • Dipl. Phys. Ulrich Looser
      BLR&Partners AG
    • Prof. Cesla Amarelle
      Minister of the canton of Vaud (Department of Education, Youth and Culture)
    • Monika Knill
      Minister of the canton of Thurgau (Department for Education and Culture)
    • Dr. Anja Isabella König*
      Geschäftsführerin, Novartis Venture Funds
    • Natascha Wey
      General secretary, VPOD/SSP (trade union for public service employees)
    • Dr. René Imhof
      Cellular Neuroscience CNS Discovery F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.

    * Member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council

Compliance Committee

The Compliance Committee supports the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council in its supervisory function with regard to the scientific activities of the SNSF. The Compliance Committee reports to the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council and is elected by the latter. It has five members. The person responsible for compliance within the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council assumes the presidency.

The Compliance Committee systematically assesses the legality and adequacy of funding decisions as well as the organization of compliance (totality of measures for guaranteeing legality and adequacy) and proposes improvements.

  • Members

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    • Prof. Franciska Krings (president, member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation Council responsible for compliance)
    • Prof. Howard Riezman
    • Prof. em. Klaus Müller
    • Prof. Monika Roth
    • Dr. Dorothea Sturn