SwissCore emerged from the ever-intensifying collaboration in science and technology between Switzerland and the European Union (EU). As a Brussels-based liaison office bridging between Swiss and European policy making and programme development in research, innovation and education, SwissCore provides practical support to the Swiss knowledge community. In this, it supports its funders SNSF, SERI and Innosuisse, and complements the work of Euresearch, Movetia and swissuniversities by informing actors in these fields, supporting their participation, helping them liaise with European institutions and counterparts, and promoting them and their activities towards a European audience.
The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the former Bundesamt für Bildung und Wissenschaft (now the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI) founded SwissCore in 1995 as one of the earliest Science & Technology (S&T) liaison offices in Brussels. Back then, SwissCore also immediately joined the Informal Group of RTD Liaison Offices (IGLO).