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Swiss Academies call for secure funding for their core tasks

Bern, 22 September 2023


The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences emphatically demand, in their statement on the ERI Dispatch 2025-2028, that the financing of their core tasks be secured in the upcoming funding period as well. The Federal Council’s ambitious goals, which are set out in the ERI Dispatch, can hardly be achieved with the Academies’ proposed funding.

In their statement on the ERI Dispatch, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences call for the financing of their core tasks be secured in the funding period 2025 to 2028 as well. One example of this is the important dialogue between science and politics and science and society, whose significance was clearly revealed in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. The challenges relating to the topics of climate, energy, health and digitalization also call for new solutions. In addition to these core tasks, the Academies implement numerous relevant projects that were previously not included in the catalogue of core tasks, such as MINT funding, for example. If these tasks now also have to be funded from this source, the Academies’ financial base will be eroded. A funding gap of CHF 6.25 million on average per annum will occur over the entire funding period. This would lead to a noticeable and lasting impairment for a network of more than 100,000 scientists and scholars who work on a voluntary basis.


No potential savings for the Federal Government

Although the savings are drastic for the Academies, they will hardly bring any financial relief for the Federal Government. The shortfall for the Academies, totalling CHF 25 million, corresponds to 8.23 per cent of the Academies' budget, but to only 0.8 per thousandth of the total ERI funding amount of CHF 29.7 billion for the period 2025 to 2028. With this sum of nearly CHF 30 billion, the Federal Council is pursuing the ambitious goal of continuing to play a leading role in the ERI sector at the European and international levels.


Bringing funding into line with expectations

The Academies fully support the content of the Federal Council’s objective. However, they will hardly be able to make the required contribution to it with the proposed financial allocation. The financial base must therefore be brought into line with the expectations.


You can find the full statement of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences on the ERI Dispatch here.


For further information please contact

Sindy Schmiegel Werner

Head of Communication a+

+41 31 306 92 39

Sindy Schmiegel Werner

Head of Communication a+

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

House of Academies

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3001 Bern