Research Networks

National Research Networks

Soil as a Resource - NRP 68

This program aims to establish the principles for integrative, sustainable and resource-efficient soil management in Switzerland.

Healthy Nutrition and Sustainable Food Production - NRP 69

This initiative aims to generate strategies, tools, methods, processes, and products in order to promote healthy eating habits with sustainable food production.

Swiss Research Initiative in Systems Biology is the largest ever public research initiative in Switzerland, focused on a broad range of basic research in the field of systems biology.

University Research Priority Programs

The University of Zurich established own University Research Priority Programs (URPP). It builds on in-house research expertise. The programs are interdisciplinary and cross-faculty and promote collaboration within the university, while supporting the career development of young researchers. Current (and former) URPPs:

Swiss Biodiversity Forum

The Swiss Biodiversity Forum is the national competence center for biodiversity research. It is part of the platform 'Science & Policy' of the Swiss Academy of Sciences.

World Food System Center

The WFS Center was established to build on the expertise at ETH Zurich and EAWAG in order to address challenges at the nexus of global food and nutrition security, food production and processing and environmental, economic and societal well-being.

International Research Networks

Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI)

Joint programming is a concept introduced by the European Commission. This project aims to bring together European countries to identify, prioritise and deliver the research needed to meet agricultural challenges.


This program is a cross-thematic ERA-NET spanning three FP7 themes: Agriculture and food supply; Environment and climate; and Information and Communication Technology.


A network of 21 research-funding agencies across 15 European countries, BiodivERsA coordinates national research programs on biodiversity across Europe and organizes international funding for research projects in this field.

ERA-Net for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences (ERA-CAPS)

ERA-CAPS promote sustainable collaboration in plant sciences through coordinating and funding excellent transnational research.

The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) "Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability"

This initiative aims to provide a working interface between agriculture, bio-economy, science and others at EU, national and regional level.

COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology

COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level.

International Project on GMO Environmental Risk Assessment Methodologies

The GMO ERA Project is an initiative driven by public sector scientists, most of whom have expertise in environmental science, as well as biotechnology and socioeconomics. The project has identified and developed scientific methodologies and teaching tools for environmental risk assessment (ERA) and management of transgenic plants.

MIREN – Mountain Invasion Research Network

This network monitors and evaluates plant invasions into high mountain systems at a global scale, using broad surveys, standardized protocols and experiments in different mountain systems.

The Jena Experiment - supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Exploring mechanisms underlying the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

Completed Research Collaborations

Benefits and Risks of the Deliberate Release of Genetically Modified Plants - NRP 59

With respect to the application potential of plant biotechnology in Switzerland, this program studied the benefits and risks of biotechnology. This NRP also examined risk management at the legal, political and administrative levels. Program completed in 2013.