Science & Technology


The Swiss Federal council has considered China as a priority country with which to cooperate in science and technology from 2008 to 2011. A specific budget is allocated to the cooperation with China and the State Secretariat for Education and Research has signed cooperation agreements with relevant Chinese units.

The Leading House for the Swiss-Chinese Cooperation in Science and Technology (ETH Zurich) and will manage calls for proposal for sino-swiss research projects. The Associated Leading House is the University of Zurich, in principle managing fields not covered by ETH Zurich.

Many universities (including the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology ETH Zurich and EPFL), federal research institutes and centers of excellence as well as private ones have their own cooperation agreements or projects with China.

The Swiss National Science Foundation also has a cooperation agreement with China, namely with the National Natural Science Foundation. Other official or high-ranking entities regularly organize joint scientific workshops.

Finally, sino-swiss cooperation can also be part of the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7), since Switzerland participates fully (cf. euresearch) and China is invited.

Below is the list of sino-swiss bilateral agreements related to research: 

  • Scientific and technical cooperation agreement signed on February 24th 1989 between the Swiss Confédération and the People’s Republic of China.
  • MoU signed on 21.11.2003 between the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China for the strengthening of the scientific and technological cooperation between Switzerland and the People’s Republic of China.
  • Joint Statement signed on April 20th, 2007 between the State Secretariat for Education and Research and Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China relating to joint research projects from 2008 to 2011. 
  • Cooperation agreement between Swiss National Science Foundation and National Natural Science Foundation
  • Memorandum of Understanding (2006) between the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health and Ministry of Health of People’s Republic of China that includes the topic of joint-research.

Relevant information about doing research in Switzerland can be found in the brochure:

Campus & Research Park Switzerland (see downloads).

Regular news about Switzerland’s research achievements can be found, besides the websites of the relevant units, on swissinfo, amongst others, in Swiss languages, English or Chinese (see links).


While technology is an important part of research in China, the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology’s Innovation Promotion Agency (also called KTI/CTI) has its own cooperation program in China, focussing on market-oriented innovations.