The Hydropower research programme is based on the existing associated research infrastructure in Switzerland. In addition to the two Federal Institutes of Technology (Zurich and Lausanne), this includes a number of universities and colleges of technology. A variety of private-sector small and medium-sized companies are active in the private sector in the area of small-scale hydropower, while operators of large-scale hydropower plants, as well as their trade associations, are also important players in the field of hydropower research.
This means that the financing of research is only partially provided by the Hydropower research programme. Significant contributions are made by the operators themselves (e.g. Swisselectric Research), the two Federal Institutes of Technology, the Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research, and the federal government's Innovation Promotion Agency.