• Überprüfung 1

As an independent consultative body to the Federal Council, the SSC periodically examines on behalf of the Federal Departement of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER the Swiss policy on research and innovation promotion. For this purpose, the Council undertakes evaluations, assessments of multi-year plans and studies on the effectiveness of federal measures. The results of these examinations contribute, along with the recommendations of the Council, to developing scientific quality in Switzerland.

Evaluations can touch upon scientific institutions, funding instruments, funding agencies or government’s measures (see RIPA, Art. 54). The main method used by the SSC is the peer review process conducted by members of the Council and/or by external experts specialised in the scientific field under consideration. (For further specification see the note about SSC procedures and methodological choices.)

The SSC assesses independent research institutes, research facilities and technological competence centres which are federally supported under Article 15 of the Federal Act of 14 December 2012 on the Promotion of Research and Innovation (RIPA; CC 420.1 - German version) or which apply for subsidies. Periodically, the Council weighs in on the multi-year plans of these institutions.

The State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation (and in one case also the Swiss Conference of Higher Education Institutions) commissions the following evaluations, assessments and impact measurements in the period from 2016 to 2019:


Preceding analyses of the SSC related to funding under Art. 15 RIPA: