Swiss National Science Foundation

Swiss National Science Foundation

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The SNF is the largest Swiss foundation promoting scientific research.

Physics Jun 27
The anticaking agent E551 silicon dioxide, or silica, has been used widely in the food industry over the past 50 years, and was long thought to be quite safe. Now, however, researchers working on the National Research Programme ‘Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials' have discovered that these nanoparticles can affect the immune system of the digestive tract.
Computer Science Jun 12
Computer Science

The data constantly collected and reported by smartphones can find numerous applications. An SNSF-funded project devoted to crowdsensing has found ways to improve privacy and localisation accuracy as well as reduce the impact on hardware.

Event May 4

The winning entries from the first SNSF Scientific Image Competition offer a view of science that is aesthetic, nuanced and complex.

Social Sciences Apr 24
Social Sciences

The 5 National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCRs) in the humanities and social sciences have achieved their goals: they have facilitated productive research and created professorships, chairs, institutes and partnerships.

Computer Science Apr 3
Computer Science

In working sentence by sentence, translation algorithms omit much of the context and make mistakes.

Administration May 17

In 2016, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) supported around 3200 research projects involving more than 14,000 researchers from universities, universities of applied sciences, universitie

Chemistry May 2

Scientists have produced novel electrolytes for rechargeable sodium and magnesium batteries. The research group's objective was to develop alternatives to lithium-ion technology.

Physics Apr 6

In the past six years, the National Research Programme "Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials" (NRP 64) intensively studied the development, use, behaviour and degradation of engineered nanomaterials, including their impact on humans and on the environment.

Environment Mar 27

For the first time, model calculations show a plausible way that fluctuations in solar activity could have a tangible impact on the climate.