The SFM holds a special place in Swiss social science research. By placing its findings at the disposal of numerous public and private actors it helps bridge the gap between research, practice and the public discourse. The research approach adopted by the SFM encourages a broad range of national and international collaboration. The SFM also places great importance on the application of research, as well as on the dissemination of knowledge to political decision makers and professionals.

The main areas of research are: