Are the perfect partners for your innovation project not located in Switzerland? Eureka offers you the opportunity to get involved in cross-border innovation projects. Eureka is an initiative of 50 countries aimed at fostering cross-border cooperation projects in market-oriented research and development, which is independent of the framework programmes of the European Commission. The aim of the initiative is to strengthen the competitiveness of the member states through innovation projects.

Who is the offer aimed at?

The following organisations can apply to Innosuisse for funding for Eureka projects:

  • Swiss companies or other private or public organisations as implementation partner;
  • together with at least one Swiss or international research partner and at least one implementation partner from a Eureka member country.
  • As a Swiss start-up before market entry, you can also submit project proposals without a research partner if the funding rules of the partner country allow it.

This is how Eureka works.

Funding contributions from Innosuisse to international projects

Evaluation and funding for project partners in international projects differ depending on the support offer. For Eurostars, specific funding rules apply; for Eureka and Globalstars innovation projects, the Swiss funding rules of Innosuisse apply.


*For Swiss start-ups that have not yet entered the market (the same criteria apply as for Start-up Innovation Projects) and that submit an application without any other Swiss partner and only with foreign companies (no research partner), the maximum contribution by Innosuisse to eligible project costs is 70%.

Who is who according to Innosuisse’s funding rules?


  • before market entry: the start-up does not yet have ready-developed products or services on the market
  • with scalable product or service
  • established not more than 5 years ago (in justified exceptional cases up to 10 years)
  • with less than 50 full-time equivalents (at the time of submitting the application);
    if the start-up is controlled by another company, the entire group of companies cannot employ more than 249 full-time equivalents


  • fewer than 250 full-time equivalents


  • more than 250 full-time equivalents

Other support offers

> As an SME, do you need help developing your project?
As a small or medium-sized enterprise (up to 250 full-time equivalents), you can apply for support from Innosuisse for an innovation mentor.

> As an SME, do you need help finding an international project partner?
As an SME, you can take advantage of the free support offered by an advisor from the Enterprise Europe network (EEN).

> Would you like to carry out an innovation project with Swiss partners only?
Innosuisse supports science-based innovation projects carried out by Swiss companies, SMEs, start-ups and other private or public organisations together with Swiss research partners.


Last modification 08.05.2024

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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:

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