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Being a researcher in Switzerland means being part of an extremely highly-skilled workforce in a country where research is most valued and advanced. Whether working for academic institutions or in the industry, Swiss researchers can count on large investments and worldwide recognition.

Industrial research

Research in the private sector is key to a highly competitive and innovative Switzerland. Between 2004 and 2008, R&D mandates from the private sector more than doubled, reaching the sum of CHF 3.2 billion. In fact, three-quarters of all R&D in the country is financed by private companies. By sector, the largest privately funded R&D investments were made by the pharmaceutical industry (39%), the engineering and machine tool industry (19%) and the information and communication technologies sector (13%).

In 2008, private investments in R&D in Switzerland amounted to CHF 12 billion, out of a total of CHF 16.1 billion R&D expenditures. In addition, Swiss companies invested another CHF 15.7 billion in their research institutes abroad. The Swiss private sector employs more than 39,000 people (full-time equivalents) in R&D.