In order to achieve this, the Federal Council plans to spend CHF 29.7 billion on ERI between 2025 and 2028
On June 2, 2023, the Federal Council opened the consultation on the Dispatch on the Promotion of Education, Research and Innovation 2025-2028 (ERI Dispatch). Spending of CHF 29.7 billion is planned. With its ERI policy, the federal government creates sustainable perspectives for individuals, society and the economy. The goals, measures and funding are long-term and balanced across all funding areas. The consultation lasts until September 24, 2023.
Long-term and reliable funding of education, research and innovation is one of Switzerland’s recipes for success. The preliminary balance sheet for the 2021-2024 funding period shows a Swiss ERI system that is overall in good shape and internationally competitive. In the ERI Dispatch 2025-2028, the Federal Council wants to stick to the goal that it defined for the years 2021-2024: “Switzerland remains a leader in education, research and innovation.”
In order to achieve this, the Federal Council plans to spend CHF 29.7 billion on ERI between 2025 and 2028. On March 10, 2023, the Federal Council set a nominal growth rate of two percent for this policy area as part of its decisions on the multi-year financial resolutions. With his decisions on budget adjustments, he also noted that the financial situation of the federal budget remains difficult. In general, a stop-and-go policy should be avoided in the ERI sector. However, whether the upper limit for the ERI embassy can be exhausted depends on the further development of the federal financial situation.
In the 2025-2028 funding period, the Federal Council is addressing important challenges. Against the background of the shortage of skilled workers, the federal government has proven to be a reliable partner for the cantons in the field of vocational training and universities. The ETH domain is also set to enjoy solid growth. The Federal Council places a further focus on further training, which is important with a view to lifelong learning.
The Swiss business and research location is under international pressure. In order to strengthen competitiveness, the Federal Council is focusing on competitive research and innovation funding, i.e. on funding for the funding bodies for research and innovation, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Innosuisse. Universities, SMEs, start-ups and other stakeholders benefit from this.
Measures in the areas of vocational training, further education, universities and the promotion of research and innovation are to be financed with twelve financial resolutions, which will be submitted to Parliament as part of the ERI Dispatch after the consultation. The ERI Dispatch does not cover loans that are bound by international treaties or that are requested with separate applications to Parliament (e.g. EU framework programs for research and innovation or transitional measures as long as association is not possible). Funds for departmental research – research that is initiated by the federal administration and partly carried out itself – are also applied for outside the ERI Embassy by the responsible administrative units. In addition to the financial resources for the next four-year period, the Federal Council is also requesting specific adjustments to the legal basis.
A consultation will be carried out for the first time for the ERI Dispatch 2025-2028. The message is expected to be passed by the Federal Council to the federal parliament at the end of February 2024.
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