Pre-proposal – submission, evaluation and recommendation

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There is currently no call for proposals for the Flagship Initiative. Innosuisse will communicate information on a future call through its official channels (website, newsletter, social networks).

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.

As researchers

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:

Please note
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.

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

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