Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:1977
Policy Type:Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Research programme
Policy Target:Multiple RE Sources, Multiple RE Sources>All
Policy Sector:Framework Policy, Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Swiss Federal Office of Energy
Legal References:Art. 64 of the Swiss Constitution permits the Federal Administration to support scientific research and innovation. Next, Art.5 of the Research and Innovation Support Act (FIFG, SR420.1) specifies that the federal administration may act as research entity, if the administration requires research to be executed or supported towards delivering administrative tasks. The support may encompass financial contributions (per Art.6 and Art. 16 of the FIFG and additional topical acts). Any support provided by the departments of the federal administration has to be based on multi-year research programs (Art 24). The Swiss Federal Office of Energy research program also has a legal basis the following topical acts: the Energy Act (EnG, SR 730.0), Art. 12 and 14; the Subventions Act (SuG, SR 616.1), Art. 11 and 23; the Nuclear Energy Act (KEG, SR 732.1), Art. 86; the Swiss Fedeal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate Act (ENSIG SR 732.2), Art. 6; the CO2-Act (SR 641.71); and the Federal Act of Dams (SR 721.10).
Funding:Total funding for 2015: CHF 19 million, of which CHF 6.3 million directed to renewables and approx. CHF 9.4 million at energy efficiency; Total funding for 2017: CHF 16 million, of which CHF 5.6 million directed to renewables and approx. CHF 7.9 million at energy efficiency; Total funding for 2018: CHF 16.7 million; Total funding for 2017: CHF 16 million, of which CHF 5.6 million directed to renewables and approx. CHF 7.9 million at energy efficiency;
Evaluation:The Energy Research Program of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy has been last evaluated in 2009 by the Swiss Federal Audit Office with respect to priority setting, fund allocation and of coordination -the report is available in French at: with a summary in English at:

In common with other industrialised nations, energy research represents an important pillar of energy policy in Switzerland. The public authorities spend some 256 million Swiss francs (2013) a year on energy research.

The objectives are to create a secure and sustainable energy supply, strengthen Switzerland's position as a marketplace for energy technology and maintain the high quality of Swiss energy research. High priority is attached to international co-operation and the efficient implementation of research findings. The energy research carried out in the public sector is based on the energy research master plan of the federal government, which is revised every four years by the Swiss Federal Energy Research Commission (CORE). In the energy sector, innovation cycles from basic research through to introduction of products onto the market often take decades, and in view of this, co-operation between the public sector with its longer-term orientation, and the private sector with its shorter-term horizons, is essential.

The federal government energy research concept is a planning tool for the relevant federal decision-making authorities. It is also intended as an orientation aid for cantonal and municipal authorities responsible for the implementation of the energy policy objectives. Furthermore, it serves to inform the involved the involved research institutions about areas in which new activities are planned.

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