NTN – Innovation Booster

NTN - Innovation Booster

The applications received cover a wide range of topics, particularly in the areas of health, digitalisation and sustainability. In a first two-stage process, Innosuisse has approved twelve NTN – Innovation Boosters for the funding period 2021-2024. Calls for proposals for further NTN – Innovation Boosters will take place annually in November.

Innosuisse expands its funding portfolio with the instrument NTN – Innovation Boosters. These bring together the most important players from science, industry and society in Switzerland in promising fields of innovation and stimulate the testing of jointly developed, concrete innovation ideas in an open innovation culture. Calls for proposals for further NTN – Innovation Boosters will take place annually in November.

What are NTN – Innovation Boosters?

Participation in the activities of NTN – Innovation Boosters is open to all interested Swiss stakeholders. Thanks to the collaboration with partners along the entire value chain and a transfer of knowledge between universities, business and society, the NTN – Innovation Boosters are set to provide Swiss SMEs with sustainable competitive advantages and make a significant contribution to solving societal challenges. Scientific findings should provide important impetus and lead to the introduction of innovative processes, products, services and business models.

What are the thematic priorities?

Each NTN – Innovation Booster has its own thematic focus, which is determined by the consortium. The term innovation theme can be interpreted broadly and in addition to technology-based innovation themes, it may also focus on business model innovations, innovation culture or innovation methods.

In a first two-stage process, Innosuisse has approved twelve NTN – Innovation Boosters for the funding period 2021-2024 on the following topics:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Applied Circular Economy
  • Blockchain Nation Switzerland
  • Databooster
  • Energy Lab
  • Futur de la Microtechnique
  • Living Labs for Decarbonisation
  • Next Generation of Food Ecosystems
  • Photonics
  • Sport et Activité Physique
  • Technology and Special Needs
  • User-Centred Innovation in Medtech

The overriding theme of each NTN – Innovation Booster is defined, taking account of the involvement of the relevant stakeholders to ensure that the theme is highly relevant and attracts a great deal of interest among both universities and implementation partners.

How does an NTN – Innovation Booster work?

Within the framework of an NTN – Innovation Booster, relevant customer needs are addressed together, new approaches to solutions are developed and future business areas are discussed. The aim is to develop concrete, verifiable solution, product and service concepts. Innovation ideas should consider all important aspects from the outset and actively include both the customers’ needs and the framework conditions of the implementation partners to ensure a successful market launch right from the onset. Customers’ needs, feasibility and profitability should be the focus of the NTN – Innovation Booster.

As part of this process, the NTN – Innovation Booster provides direct funding to selected innovation teams for the development and testing of innovation ideas. This promotes an agile process and continuously improves the quality of ideas. In addition, collaborative learning and the exchange of experiences between the teams is specifically targeted and potential forms of support for the subsequent development of the innovation idea are demonstrated.

The NTN – Innovation Boosters play a role as part of the innovation chain and draw on existing synergies. In so doing, they focus on the needs of the innovation stakeholders, ranging from the selection of themes to the needs for further support outside the NTN – Innovation Boosters.  

In addition to supporting concrete innovation ideas, an «NTN – Innovation Booster» contributes to developing and applying of methods and formats for the joint development of ideas and the successful transfer of knowledge and technology.

The innovation teams are also introduced to methods of agile innovation development and shown how these can be successfully applied in the development and verification of viable innovation ideas.
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Last modification 27.07.2020

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