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Major success in research funding

In 2019, the University of Bern’s total revenue rose by 3.8 percent to CHF 917.5 million. The year-end result attributable to basic funding amounts to CHF 15.2 million. Our researchers were extraordinarily successful in their efforts to attract research funding (CHF 205 million, + 7.1%). This is enough to finance approximately 2,700 additional University jobs that are not funded by the canton.


Development in basic funding

Basic funding / external funding: The income generated by the University, which serves as the University's structural basic funding, counts as basic funding. All other income is recorded as external funding.

Intercantonal University Agreement (IUV): The IUV governs the participation of the cantons. It determines the contribution that the home canton can give a student toward payment for their degree course.

Until 2016 the income of the service centers was booked under basic funding, from 2017 under external funding.

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Development in external funding

Basic funding / external funding: The income generated by the University, which serves as the University's structural basic funding, counts as basic funding. All other income is recorded as external funding.

Private sector funding: Income from the private sector, private individuals, foundations and similar organizations.

Until 2016 the income of the service centers was booked under basic funding, from 2017 under external funding.

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University funding in 2019

in CHF 1,000 2019 Share
Basic funding1 566'195 61.7%
  Contribution from the Canton of Bern 322'140 35.1%
  Intercantonal University Agreement (IUV)2 113'447 12.4%
  Contributions from the Swiss Federal Government 99'889 10.9%
  Other income 30'720 3.3%
       – Tuition fees 19'668 2.1%
       – Miscellaneous 11'051 1.2%
  (+) Profit / (–) Loss +15'217  
External funding1 351'320 38.3%
  Promotion of research 145'260 15.8%
       – Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) 111'153 12.1%
       – Innosuisse 4'987 0.5%
       – EU research programs 18'447 2.0%
       – Other international research funding 10'672 1.2%
  Publicly funded departmental research 25'977 2.8%
  Private sector funding3 41'369 4.5%
  Other income 138'715 15.1%
       – Continuing education 12'805 1.4%
       – Service centers 74'117 8.1%
       – Miscellaneous 51'793 5.6%
  (+) Profit / (–) Loss +29'224  
Total income 917'516 100%
Total expenditure 873'074  
Year-end result (+) Profit / (-) Loss +44'441  
1 Basic funding / external funding: The income generated by the University, which serves as the University's structural basic funding, counts as basic funding. All other income is recorded as external funding.
2 Intercantonal University Agreement (IUV): The IUV governs the participation of the cantons. It determines the contribution that the home canton can give a student toward payment for their degree course.
3 Private sector funding: Income from the private sector, private individuals, foundations and similar organizations.
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