General introduction

| UNIL Research Policy | The people involved | Finance | Evaluating research | Valorizing research

The University of Lausanne has more than 190 teaching and research units working in fields as diverse as genomics, aesthetics of cinema, environmental law and criminalistics.


UNIL Research Policy

Promoting research, supporting the development of research and encouraging an international, interdisciplinary approach are the three key strands of the University of Lausanne’s research policy:

Promoting research

This is an essential part of the process of securing funding that complies with Swiss and European legislation, to guarantee the authenticity, integrity and reliability of research results. Transparency in the way data are stored and managed helps to increase the visibility and impact of research and promotes the interests of both researchers and their institutions. Promoting open access and open data is an essential part of the policy.

Supporting the development of research in all areas, including its international dimension

UNIL invests heavily in infrastructure and facilities to ensure its research remains at the highest level. It is committed to further improvements in its internal research support network, to encourage all faculties to produce and monitor research projects and encourage applications for funding (SNSF, H2020). UNIL researchers must have the opportunity for continuous improvement by pitting themselves against the world’s leading groups and facing the most demanding expert committees. Securing external funding is part of the process.

Developing interdisciplinarity

Cutting-edge research needs specialists but it is also a question of breaking down barriers, particularly between the human and social sciences, life sciences and environmental sciences. UNIL is committed to promoting interdisciplinary synergies in research (through funding interdisciplinary projects and selected post-docs, support for preparing Sinergia-type applications or incorporating this approach into assessing researchers) as well as in teaching. It aims to embed a culture of interdisciplinarity at all levels, including among students, to allow its young graduates to take an integrated view of the multiple technical and societal issues we face.

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The UNIL Charter

Progress Reports


The people involved

Behind the doors of UNIL institutes, laboratories and libraries, about 3000 researchers, including 580 professors, work day after day on research projects of national and international significance. The UNIL is a human university, its wealth composed above all by its individual parts.


Research at UNIL is financed from multiple sources – public authorities, foundations, institutions and industries. In 2017, UNIL received 103.2 millions Swiss Frs from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the main institution promoting scientific research in Switzerland.

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Foundations supporting research

Swiss National Science Foundation

Euresearch in french


Evaluating research

To assess the impact and quality of research, statisticians count the number of times a scientific article is cited in other publications.

Position of UNIL in international rankings


Valorizing research

The missions of an academic institution are the acquisition of knowledge and the dissemination or transfer of knowledge. Knowledge is disseminated or transferred in particular through the transfer of technologies. The latter, beginning with the protection of intellectual property, is an integral part of the strategy of academic institutions.

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