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Swiss science foundation concerned by budget allocation too low to meet demand

The Swiss National Science Foundation says its budget allowance for 2013-16 is too little to keep up with demand for its grants.

Switzerland’s federal government has proposed allocating about €3 billion (CHF3.65bn) to the foundation in this period. “This corresponds to approximately €746 million less than the amount requested by the SNSF in its current multi-year programme,” the science foundation wrote in a statement published on 28 February. “Unless the endowment is corrected, there is a risk of the SNSF not being able to fulfil its task of competitive research funding in line with the needs of researchers.”

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