Flagship Initiative – Strive for systemic innovation

Create your flagship to stimulate systemic innovation and transdisciplinary collaboration. This initiative seeks to find solutions to current or future challenges relevant to a large part of the economy or society.

Flagship Initiative web

The new call for proposals 2024 in the framework of the Flagship Initiative will soon be open and you can find all the details on how to apply on our website.

What is the Flagship Initiative?

The purpose of the flagship initiative is to stimulate innovation in areas relevant to a large part of the economy or society and to promote transdisciplinary project collaboration. The Initiative strives for solutions to current or future challenges, which concern several actors and/or can only be solved through collaborative work. Innosuisse is therefore defining specific but broad flagship topics in order to encourage applicants to address issues that are of particular interest for the future well-being of the country, and where new solutions and business models are required. This new funding instrument is complementary to the purely bottom-up oriented and well-established regular innovation projects.

Systemic innovation, where value can only be derived if it is synergistically integrated with other complementary innovations, and transdisciplinarity, where actors from different disciplines collaborate, are key components of this new funding instrument.

The overall objective is to strengthen the competitiveness of the Swiss economy and/or contribute to the well-being of society by creating new value along the value chain by increasing efficiencies, reducing costs or re-solving social relevant challenges in the public interest.

Organisation of the flagship initiative:


Principles of the call

You will find all relevant information and documents regarding the call for proposal on our webpage.

Innosuisse defines specific but broad flagship topics. Consortia can submit proposals to execute a flagship within these topics.

A consortium consists of at least three research partners, of which at least one is a UAS, and at least two implementation partners. In justified exceptional cases, two research partners are also possible.

Structure of a consortium executing a flaghsip:


Step-by-step procedure


Last modification 14.06.2024

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FAQ zu Innosuisse

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the FAQ about the Flagship Initiative here. (PDF, 273 kB, 27.07.2023) 

Patent research

End of free services with the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI)

The patent search services previously offered free of charge to Innosuisse applicants via the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property have been discontinued.

However, costs associated with research into intellectual property issues may still be covered as part of the direct project costs chargeable for approved applications from the following funding schemes:

  • Innovation projects with or without partners
  • Innovation projects for start-ups
  • Swiss Accelerator