The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) signed in Washington on Friday. Switzerland and the United States have signed a declaration of intent to strengthen cooperation to promote research. The ceremony took place in the presence of Federation President Guy Formelin.
The agreement is aimed at expanding bilateral cooperation and intensifying future cooperation between the Swiss Foundation and the US agency, both of which are committed to promoting research, the Federal Ministry of Economy, Training and Research (DEFR) said in a statement on Friday evening. .
“The United States is already Switzerland’s key partner in bilateral research cooperation,” Guy Formelin was quoted as saying in a statement. “By signing the Declaration of this Objective, we are only adding a new chapter to the success of our cooperation,” the Federal Councilor said.
Simple procedures for researchers
The agreement will facilitate funding and evaluation procedures for researchers from both countries, the DEFR notes. The SNSF has funded more than 5,000 Swiss projects related to the United States, and U.S. researchers account for approximately 15% of publications produced in Switzerland.
André Kudelski, head of the agency that promotes Innosuisse’s innovations, signed the document in Washington. According to him, this partnership with the United States is essential because Switzerland is excluded from full participation in the EU research program.
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The agreement was signed between SNSF President Matthias Eger and NSF President Chethuraman Panchanathan, ending Guy formalin’s three-day trip to the United States.
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