Support for innovation means supporting the next generation, especially the most highly qualified individuals. No good curriculum is complete without a post-doc stay at a top university in the United States – «where things happen». Young Swiss researchers are encouraged to leave the country for a few years after earning their doctorate. Substantial funding is available from the public purse, particularly the Swiss National Science Foundation. At regular intervals, the question of whether this «outward subsidy» is sustainable for Switzerland as a location for science is raised. Are highly qualified young scientists emigrating, supported by tax money, to foreign universities? Is Switzerland experiencing a brain drain?