The Swiss Confederation has mandated the SNSF to fund basic research and promote young scientists in Switzerland. The SNSF's strategy and objectives are geared to fulfilling this task and strengthening Swiss research as a whole. The SNSF's strategic goals are derived from the Statutes and the mission statement. Support high-quality research as well as researchers in their quest for excellence. Bring research funding closer into line with the researchers' needs. Support the spread of knowledge in society, the economy and politics and demonstrate the value of research. On this basis, the SNSF has defined specific goals for research funding and for other cross-cutting areas in the form of sub-strategies embodied in its Multi-Year Programme and the corresponding Action Plan. Binding objectives are also set out in a service level agreement with the federal government.