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The SCTO is an independent organisation and is based on a joint initiative of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

As of 2017, the SCTO is a research infrastructure of national importance funded by the State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Governmental reports

2019 Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures

On 17 April 2019, the Federal Council acknowledged the 2019 Roadmap for Research Infrastructures. The Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures is a planning instrument for research infrastructures. The report is updated by State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) every four years in preparation for the ERI (Education, Research and Innovation) Dispatch. It gives an overview of future needs and likely developments in different areas of research. The 2019 Roadmap will therefore serve as a basis for the 2021-2024 ERI Dispatch.

In accordance with Article 15 of the Federal Act on the Promotion of Research and Innovation (RIPA) (on contributions to research facilities of national importance), SERI has allocated funding, among others, to projects planned by the SCTO, including the Swiss Research Network of Clinical Pediatric Hubs (SwissPedNet) and the European network of EPCTRI3.

Furthermore, the SCTO is mentioned as a network of clinical study centres and for serving as the Swiss node for ECRIN-ERIC projects in the scope of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).

The 2019 Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures is available at

Developing the next generation of clinical researchers

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) published the Roadmap for developing the next generation of clinical researchers.

The roadmap as well as further information about the public consultation process and the commented consultation report of the FOPH are available at

The SCTO strengthens young talent with training offers that specifically address the needs of young researchers.

For more governmental reports see our German and French pages.