FEN is a research unit that is part of the ETH Zurich. Its form of organisation ensures that it will be able to pursue its scientific research activities independently of the origin of its funding.
Funding is provided by a sponsoring body, the “Swiss Association for Energy and Network Research” (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Energie- und Netzforschung - SGEN). SGEN consists of a general assembly, where all sponsors are represented, and of an executive committee.
Furthermore, the executive committee, general assembly and stakeholders (federal government, grid operators, industry, NGOs) constitute the steering committee, which serves as a link to the research unit.