In the financial statement of 2019, the operating income amounted to CHF 88 million. The federal financial contribution (basic financial and accommodation contribution) amounted to around CHF 59 million, accounting for 67 % of the WSL's operating income. The income from second and third parties funding totalled CHF 26,6 million, equivalent to roughly 30 % of WSL's operating income. The operating expenses in 2019 amounted CHF 91,2 million and firstly have been used to cover personnel expenses with a share of 75 %. The increase in staff number and the salary progression explain the rise in personnel expenses by CHF 2,6 million. The financial annual result was CHF -3.3 million.
WSL income statement for 2018 and 2019:
In thousands of Swiss francs
Federal financial contribuition
Research contributions, research contracts and scientific services
Depreciation and transfer expenses
In 2019, the federal government provided 65,6 % of WSL's funding in the form of direct contributions. It also contributed a further 28,8 % via competitive research funds and federal research contracts (second-party funding). The remaining 5,6 % of income stemmed from third-party funding (projects with cantons or municipalities, business-oriented research), other income, course fees, donations and bequests.