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 – which are of Swiss-wide relevance to higher education policy. Half of the funding for the projects and programmes comes from the federal government and half from the higher education institutions.
As part of its planning, swissuniversities proposes the strategic direction of the programmes and projects every four years and applies for funding for them from the Swiss Higher Education Council.
swissuniversities coordinates the larger programmes and distributes the funds, among other things by means of project calls to the institutions eligible for contributions. In the case of smaller projects, one higher education institution assumes the lead role. Below is an overview of past, current and planned programmes and projects.