Submission of a thematic proposal for the next National Research Program

On behalf of our association, our co-presidents Carmen Sandi and Dominique de Quervain have submitted a thematic proposal on "Stress and Resilience" for the next National Program Research.

The National Research Programmes (NRPs) are the federal government’s research funding tool to support research projects that develop knowledge useful in guiding decisions and practices – and thereby help to solve current challenges. At the request of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), the Federal Council periodically decides on the thematic focus of new NRPs and the budget for each. Each NRP runs for a period of around two to five years.

Given the increasing deleterious consequences of stress in our daily life, not to mention the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health, we strongly believe that a NRP dedicated to study stress and resilience factors would highly improve life quality of the Swiss population. We have gathered several support from various entities: SUVA, Promotion Santé Suisse, Pro Juventute, Réseau Santé Suisse, Swiss Experts Network on Burnout and various Swiss societies of psychologists and psychotherapists.

The Federal Council is expected to decide on the number, content and budget of NRPs from the current NRP thematic round in the spring 2023.

More information on NRPs can be found on the SERI website.