Pro Helvetia participates financially in the cultural programme of the Istituto Svizzero in Rome and its branch in Milan. The cooperation is governed by a support agreement.
The institute has two core functions. It promotes up-and-coming Swiss artists and scientists, and it strengthens cultural and scientific relations between Italy and Switzerland. Each year, the institute hosts residencies for young artists and researchers from Switzerland and, in parallel, organises art and science related events. In 2014, the institute launched the interdisciplinary research programme «Studio Roma». Its aim is to bring artistic practice and scientific research in touch with one another.