Your company or research group is active in science-based innovation, research and development, and you rely on collaboration with partners in foreign countries for this. With Eureka Clusters, you can carry out cross-border innovation projects on specific innovation topics.
Calls for proposals, conditions and evaluation
Eureka Clusters usually issue a call for proposals on a specific innovation topic once a year. As part of a Cluster project, you as a Swiss company work together with a Swiss or international research institute on cross-border innovation topics with large companies and position yourself in a value chain. As a Swiss start-up before market entry, you can also participate in Cluster projects without a research partner if the funding rules of the partner country allow it.
As with the funding of Swiss innovation projects, there is no limit to the duration of Eureka Cluster projects. As a rule, such projects last between 6 and 36 months. Provided it is sensible for your project and the cost-benefit ratio is right, there is no financial limit on applications. Innosuisse covers a maximum of 70 percent of the project costs of Swiss participants.
Since 2023, Innosuisse is able to make direct project contributions to companies in international innovation projects:
Eureka Clusters usually call for projects on a specific innovation topic once a year. As part of a Cluster project, you as a Swiss company work together with a Swiss research institute on cross-border innovation topics with large companies and position yourself in a value chain.
Innosuisse publishes all current calls for proposals. Find out more about the Eureka Clusters:
As a Swiss partner, you will develop an application together with your international partners and submit it to one of the Eureka Clusters. On the basis of the Cluster application, Innosuisse will check the formal requirements for funding by Innosuisse and will contact you in case of any questions.
If the Cluster application is approved by the participating countries, please submit a funding application to Innosuisse. The process, evaluation criteria and application submission are exactly the same as for Swiss innovation projects.
1. Submit Cluster application
2. Submit the funding application to Innosuisse
As additional element, applicants must submit the following to Innosuisse:
- upload the document describing the international project as an attachment to the application.
Frequently asked questions
Last modification 20.12.2022