SwissCollNet is committed to improving the accessibility of natural history collections. A common vision and long-term strategy will promote the use of natural history collections for research, education and society.

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On the basis of the federal decree on credits for research funding institutions for the years 2021-2024, SCNAT is tasked with conducting this initiative with a financial support of MCHF 12.37. This budget has to be met by an equivalent amount of in-kind contributions.

The available funds will be invested to modernise and digitise the collections, to ensure data interoperability, to develop a Swiss Virtual Natural History Collection (SVNHC), to coordinate with the relevant international initiatives and to ensure the sustainable operation of the SVNHC.

Investments of the federal funds follow the rules set in the funding regulations of SwissCollNet and will be subdivided into 3 categories:

Projects leading to the implementation of the SVNHCMCHF 1
Two calls for project proposalsMCHF 9.43
Project management and communicationMCHF 1.94


Swiss natural history collections network (SwissCollNet)
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3008 Bern