The National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) are a research instrument of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). They were implemented to promote scientific excellence in areas of strategic importance for the future of Swiss research, economy and society. There are currently a total of 21 NCCRs.
The NCCR Chemical Biology was launched in 2010, as the result of a two-stage selection process of 54 submitted pre-proposals and 28 full proposals.
The NCCRs mission is to produce outstanding and internationally recognised research, to implement and develop knowledge and technology transfer and to foster the training and the promotion of young and female researchers.
Each NCCR is based at a university or another recognised research institution in Switzerland (so-called home institution) and avails itself of a network of other teams across Switzerland. An evaluation of its scientific and financial activities is performed on an annual basis by the SNSF and an international Review Panel composed of local and international experts in the relevant disciplines. The maximum duration of a NCCR is 12 years.
More information about current NCCRs is available on the SNSF website.