Federal Council launches new National Research Programme

Servizio ricerca e trasferimento del sapere

24 Marzo 2016

The Federal Council approved the National Research Programme "Sustainable economy: resource-friendly, future-oriented, innovative" (NRP 73). The programme's aim is to contribute to a more sustainable economy in which resources are used more efficiently and supply is more reliable. A parallel objective is to enhance the competitiveness of the Swiss economy and the welfare of Switzerland's population. The NRP 73 is designed to generate insights from a perspective which not only encompasses the environment, the economy and society at large, but also looks at natural resources in their entirety and views all stages of the value chain. The budget for the five-year programme is 20 million CHF.

A call for proposals is due to be launched in June 2016 and research groups will have more than three months in which to submit their pre-proposals. The first projects will start around autumn 2017 and run for a period of 4-5 years.