Academia Raetica is the platform organisation and primary contact point for university level research and education in the Canton of Grisons. It combines twenty-two nationally and internationally renowned member institutions working in in the areas of Medicine and Life Sciences, Technical and Natural Sciences, and Humanities and ten partner organisations. The members are self-standing institutions with nationally or internationally recognized excellence in a variety of scientific areas. Aims of Academia Raetica are 1) the promotion of research and education and the demonstration of their scientific and economic significance for the Canton of Grisons, 2) the fostering of interactions among its research institutions and with universities and enterprises, and 3) the public information on volume, expertise and outcomes of research in the Grisons. Academia Raetica opened its offices in Davos in 2009. Davos boasts a significant concentration of research.
In October 2012, the Canton of Grisons established the legal basis for the future development of Research and Education and the strengthening of the research institutions domiciled in the Canton by unanimously endorsing the Law on Universities and Research (Gesetz über Hochschulen und Forschung). The law allows the Canton of Grisons to issue agreements regarding subsidies to institutions of higher education and research institutions. A contribution to the base funding of research institutes alleviates the disadvantages resulting from their peripheral location. Academia Raetica collaborates closely with the authorities of the Canton of Grisons and supports their activities in Research and Education. Academia Raetica contributes to the implementation of the Law on Universities and Research.
The Graduate School Graubünden is a key project of Academia Raetica. Its goals are to support PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in the region, to strengthen the network between the Grisons based research institutions and the Swiss universities, and to strengthen research and education in the Grisons. Academia Raetica founded the Graduate School Graubünden on December 18, 2013. Academia Raetica has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ETH and University of Zurich that regulates the cooperation in the field of Life Sciences. The collaboration includes subject-specific training and education of doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers, training in general research competences, realization of interdisciplinary events and projects, the networking of the young academics, an exchange forum for mentors, and public relations. The activities of the Graduate School Graubünden are intended to enhance the professional qualifications of young researchers and increase the attractiveness of the research location, thus making a scientific, social, and economic contribution to Graubünden and also Davos.