Non-eligible research institutions outside the higher education sector under Article 5 RIPA must submit all required documents according to the information sheet (PDF, 162 kB, 09.01.2023) on the requirements and criteria for non-commercial re-search centres outside the higher education sector, together with the pre-proposal. The partners must also respect the code of scientific integrity. Projects or activities that are contrary to scientific integrity or good scientific practice are not encouraged.
Requirements for submitting a pre-proposal
Flagship partners who want to submit a pre-proposal must meet certain requirements.
Note: the submission of a pre-proposal is a mandatory requirement for the submission of a proposal!
As a company or a private or public institution (so-called implementation partner)
You must meet these requirements:
- Your company or private or public institution must operate in Switzerland and engage in value-creating activities.
- You must cover the costs incurred within your company for the Flagship which must at least correspond to 40 to 60% of the overall project cost, and be prepared to cover your research partners' expenses, known as “cash contribution”, amounting to at least 5% of the total project costs.
- Swiss research partners must be prepared to implement a flagship with you.
You must work at a Swiss research centre, and companies must want to realise a flagship with you. Your research institution (so called research partner) must belong to one of the following categories:
- Higher education research centres as per Art. 4, Letter c of the RIPA
- Non-commercial research centres outside the higher education sector in accordance with Art. 5 of the RIPA
- Government bodies as per Art. 16 (3) of the RIPA which carry out their own research projects for the purpose of fulfilling their mandates
- Federal research institutes in accordance with Art. 17 of the RIPA
Criteria for the evaluation of your pre-proposal
The members of the Innovation Council and experts will assess the quality of the applications submitted on the basis of the following criteria:
- Innovation degree: Is the scientific and economic/societal approach novel? Is it not only an “incremental” but also a “systemic” innovation, i.e. does the scientific and economic/societal approach contribute to changing a system in the long term?
- Value creation and sustainability in Switzerland: Will the implementation of the research results on the market have a positive influence on the competitive situation of the implementation partner(s)? Will successful implementation demonstrably reduce (social) costs and/or create an economic benefit (e.g. reducing poverty, increasing the quality of life, improving the quality of education, reducing injustice or increasing biodiversity), which will lead to a positive impact on the future wellbeing of the country?
- Flagship setup
Evaluation and recommendation
First, the Innosuisse Secretariat checks your application. If the application meets the formal requirements, the substantive assessment process begins. The experts assess your pre-proposal and the Innovation Council decides whether or not to recommend the submission of a full proposal.
Recommendation for the submission of a proposal
After the Innovation Council’s assessment, Innosuisse will inform you by e-mail whether or not it recommends the submission of a full proposal. However, applicants are not bound by the recommendation.
Last modification 10.10.2023