Bilateral Cooperation: Innovation projects across the globe

Are the perfect partners for your innovation project distributed across the globe? Innosuisse offers you the opportunity to fostering existing or establishing new contacts worldwide and co-finances joint science-based innovation projects through bilateral cooperation.    

Innosuisse organizes matchmaking opportunities, networking events and well-synchronized calls for proposals with its strategic partner agencies in the respective countries. Bilateral calls are launched at regular intervals (annually). Successful funding applications are jointly supported, with each agency funding the applicants in its own country. The projects are generally completed within three years.


Who is the offer aimed at?

Swiss consortia of at least one Swiss research partner and a Swiss company or another private or public organisation as an “implementation partner”, together with at least one partner from the partner country can apply. The composition of consortia in the partner country is subject of the respective funding conditions of the partner agency.

Cooperation agreements with strategic partner agencies (in alphabetic order) are currently in place in:


Submit application

As a Swiss company, end-user or implementation partner you collaborate with a Swiss university or research institution and would like to learn about the innovation promotion by the partner agency of Innosuisse, network with the innovation ecosystem in the corresponding countries, scout for new collaboration opportunities and engage in a collaborative innovation project with international partners.

Requirements for submitting an application

The specific requirements for submitting an application are negotiated with the partner agencies of Innosuisse and may vary from country to country. They are published in call guidelines on the call overview. For Swiss partners the requirements for innovation projects with implementation partners apply and the consortium must therefore include at least one company or public institution and one research institution located in Switzerland.

Submit a pre-proposal

Some bilateral calls are organized in a two- step application process and require the submission of a pre-proposal before the submission of an application. Corresponding instructions are published in the call guidelines. The applicants benefit of a two-step application process by receiving a synchronized feedback from Innosuisse and its partner agency on the fulfillment of the formal criteria and the quality of the content of the planned innovation project.

The pre-proposal is composed of a document describing the planned international project and a document describing the Swiss part of the project. In the pre-proposal, partners are invited to present the basic information on innovation content, market potential expertise of involved partners, their impact expectations benefit of the international cooperation and costs of the planned work. The pre-proposal
documents must be submitted as attachments via the PrivaSphere transfer platform.

Consortia with a promising pre-proposal will be invited to submit an application at Innosuisse and at its partner agency. Partners receiving a critical feedback may revise their project according to the feedback and submit an application. Instructions are specified in the call guidelines.

Submit the application

The submission of the application follows the same procedure as innovation projects with implementation partners. As additional elements, the applicants:

  • upload the document describing the international project as annex to the application and
  • select as “special funding measure” the option “Bilateral Call”.

Evaluation and decision

The evaluation and decision of an application for a bilateral cooperation follows the same procedure as innovation projects with implementation partners. As an additional element, bilateral projects are only approved if Innosuisse and its partner agency approve the application for funding. If either Innosuisse or its partner agency rejects the corresponding funding applications, the entire application for a bilateral cooperation is rejected.


Sign contracts and start your project / Additional requirement

The signing of the contract and starting the project for a bilateral cooperation follows the same procedure as innovation projects with implementation partners. As an additional element, bilateral projects require a consortium agreement including all partners of the international project, the foreign partners as well.

All subsequent processes, namely:

are fully aligned with the processes for projects with implementation partners.

Other support offers

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

> As an SME, do you need help finding an international project partner?
As an SME, you can take advantage of the free support of an EEN advisor for this purpose.

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


Last modification 13.04.2022

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Prabitha Urwyler

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