In 2002, in its report entitled "Contribution towards a disposal strategy for radioactive waste in Switzerland" the Expert Group for Disposal Concepts for Radioactive Waste defined the need for independent and socially-oriented research into the problem of waste disposal. In a 2004 study carried out on behalf of the SFOE entitled "Status and perspectives of research and development in the area of disposal of radioactive waste", it was noted that Switzerland's scientific and technical research into radioactive waste disposal was at a very high level, but at the same time there was room for improvement with respect to Switzerland's processing of the related social issues. The report also found that it was necessary for independent state research to be carried out alongside the research activities defined by Nagra (National Co-operative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste).
All projects within this research programme must have a solid scientific basis and at the same time focus on practical application. The various project themes should be approached in an open-minded manner and on an interdisciplinary basis. Quality assurance is the responsibility of specially designated support or review groups, each of which comprises representatives from the relevant federal authorities, universities and colleges of technology, as well as a variety of other experts. In the majority of the projects, the details concerning timetable and costs are still rough estimates only.