To ensure research excellence, continual investments must be made in cutting-edge infrastructures. Securing funding for such investments is therefore a major priority at Switzerland’s higher education institutions. Public funding stems from both the cantons and the federal government; the Higher Education Act and the Federal Act on the Promotion of Research and Innovation provide the legal basis.
In some cases, large, expensive equipment is bought and used jointly by the institutions of higher education. The Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2019 provides an overview of nationally relevant infrastructures and of future projects.