Projects and programmes

Higher education institutions receive federal project contributions (in accordance with Article 59 of the Higher Education Act (HEdA) that enable them to conduct innovative projects – either jointly or individually – that are of Swiss-wide relevance in higher education policy. The Swiss Higher Education Council decides on project funding.

ERI period 2021-2024

swissuniversities has applied to the Swiss Higher Education Council for CHF 125 million to support the launch of 13 programmes and projects. Following an evaluation of the project ountlines, the Higher Education Council has decided to pursue all 13 programmes and projects further. Project applications are currently being drawn up. The Higher Education Council will make the decision on funding in November 2020.

Project titles (in German):

  • Mobilitätsförderung von Doktorierenden und Weiterentwicklung des 3. Zyklus
  • Kooperationsprojekt Studienreform, Vetsuisse Fakultät
  • Swiss Learning Health System
  • Open Science - FAIR Services for Swiss Universities
  • SUDAC 2 - swissuniversities development and cooperation network
  • Diversität, Inklusion und Chancengleichheit in der Hochschulentwicklung
  • Stärkung der Digital Skills in der Lehre
  • Fachdidaktik: Konsolidierung der Netzwerke und Entwicklung von Laufbahnen
  • Weiterführung und Ausweitung nationales Netzwerk zur Förderung der MINT-Bildung - hochschultypenübergreifende Aus- und Weiterbildung von Lehrpersonen
  • Pilotprogramme zur Stärkung des doppelten Kompetenzprofils beim FH- und PH-Nachwucs
  • Schweizerisches Zentrum für Islam und Gesellschaft
  • AGE-INT - Internationale Expertise der Schweiz für "Innovative Lösungen für eine alternde Gesellschaft"
  • Nachhaltige Entwicklung an Schweizer Hochschulen - Studierendenprojekte (U Change)

As part oft the preparation of the project applications 2021-2024, project management teams are provided with a "Diversity Mainstreaming" checklist in order to make sure that all programmes take into account diversity aspects.

ERI period 2017-2020

The programmes and projects listed below have been approved by the Higher Education Council. Further information is provided on the individual project pages.

No.ProjectLeadNext CallsFunding for Projects 2017-2020 (CHF)

PhD programmes and development of third-cycle education

TP 1: PhD programmes AU
TP 2: Collaboration between UASAs/UTE and AU
TP 3: Collaboration between UASAs/UTE and foreign higher education institutions
Project proposal (in German/French)


Strategy to Combat Lack of Qualified Workers in the Healthcare Industry
Summary, proposal (in German)

Bern University of Applied Sciences2'999'653

Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS) – A national platform for health systems and services research, policy and practice
Summary, project proposal (in German)

University of Lucerne4'400'000

Scientific information: Access, processing and safeguarding
Summary, project proposal (in German)




swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC)
Summary, project proposal


Equal opportunity and university development
, project proposal (in German)




Development of academic skills in subject-specific didactics

TP 1: Collaboration between higher education institutions to promote instiutional and structural consolidation and further development of networks and offerings in the area of subject-specific teaching
TP 2: Promotion of junior scholars to foster personal development Creation of junior academic positions/career paths in the field of subject-specific teaching
TP 3: Establishment of an international expert committee
, project proposal (in German)


Development of a National Network to Promote STEM Education – Teacher Training and Further Training for Teachers within all Types fo Higher Education Instiutions
, project proposal (in German)

University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW3'000'000

Pilot programmes to strengthen the dual competencies profile of young academics at universities of applied sciences and arts and universities of teacher education
Summary, project proposal (in German)


Swiss Research Centre on Islam and Society
, project proposal (in German)

University of Fribourg1'600'000

AGE-NT Age(ing) in Society: National innovation network
Summary, project proposal (in German)

University of Applied Sciences Eastern Switzerland FHO3'987'311

Innovation in Biocatalysis: Toolbox for Sustainable Bio-Based Production
Summary, project proposal (in German)

Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Arts2'000'000

Proposal and Implementation of a Swiss Research Centre for Barrier-free Communication
Summary, project proposal (in German)

Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Arts578'000



Sustainable Development at Swiss Higher Education Instiutions – Student Projects
Summary, project proposal (in German)

Swiss Academies of arts and sciences



Special Programme: Increasing the number of Medical School Graduates

TP 1: Additional number of graduates 2017-2019 compared to the reference year 2013

TP 2: Number of newly created university places in the year 2021 compared to the reference year 2016

Summary, Report (in German/French)

TP 1: swissuniversities

TP 2: Participating Higher Education Institutions

TP 1: 30'000'000

TP 2: 70'000'000

Digital Skills in Teaching 2019-2020 / 2021-2024

Project proposal (in German)

swissuniversities2019-2020: 10'000'000

ERI period 2013-2016

Ten programmes and nine projects were supported (in accordance with the University Funding Act):

SUC programmes

No.TitleParticipating institutionsAmount 2013-2016 (CHF)
P-01Doctoral programmes
All universities22'917'000
P-02Scientific information: access, processing and safeguarding
All universities36'312'000
P-03Research in the humanities and social sciencesAll cantonal universities4'368'000
P-04Equal opportunity for women and men at universities / gender studiesAll cantonal universities13'740'000 The Swiss Initiative in Systems BiologyUniversities of Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Lausanne, Zurich, EPFL, ETHZ48'775'000
P-06Nano-Tera.chUniversities of Basel, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Lausanne, USI, EPFL, ETHZ15'556'000
P-07Sustainable Development in Teaching and Research at Swiss UniversitiesAll cantonal universities3'927'000
P-08Swiss Public Administration Network SPANUniversities of Bern, Lausanne, USI, IDHEAP4'908'000
P-09Swiss School of Public Health SPPH+Universities of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Neuenchâtel, Lausanne, Zurich, USI6'871'000
P-10Consolidation of teaching and research in primary medical care / family medicineUniversities of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich3'000'000

 Joint projects and innovation projects

No.TitleParticipating institutionsAmount 2013-2016 (CHF)
KIP 02Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental PhysicsUniversity of Bern (Leading House)1'987'000
KIP 03Centre du droit des migrationsUniversities of Neuchâtel (Leading House), Bern, Fribourg2'000'000
KIP 04Centre for Religion, Economy and Politics
Universities of Lucerne (Leading House), Basel, Fribourg, Lausanne, Zurich2'000'000
KIP 05Swiss Earth Observatory Network SEONUniversities of Zurich (Leading House), Basel, Fribourg, Lausanne, ETHZ1'500'000
KIP 06Center for Advanced Surface Analysis CASAUniversities of Lausanne (Leading House), Geneva, EPFL2'000'000
KIP 07A Swiss Plaform for Advanced Scientific Computing PASCUSI (Leading House), all universities12'000'000
KIP 08Swiss Non-Human Primate Research Competence CenterUniversities of Fribourg (Leading House), Zurich1'400'000
KIP 12Centre de compétence en sciences du sportUniversities of Lausanne (Leading House), Geneva4'000'000
KIP 18Platforms for translational research in medicine (SwissTransMed) Universities of Bern (Leading House), Basel, Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich, ETHZ, EPFL7'000'000