- Costs include wage costs as well as necessary material and equipment costs of the company.
- Grant contributions may be used for wages and material costs that are actually incurred and necessary to develop the innovation to competitive market readiness in the target market, including: Miniaturisation, regulatory compliance activities, customer testing, clinical trials, customisation due to different market requirements, initial market validation, intellectual property management, etc.
- Costs that have no influence on the design of the solution on the market, such as costs that are solely for customer acquisition and marketing, are not eligible. These also include, among other things, costs for setting up distribution channels or establishing branches in other countries.
- A maximum of 70 percent of the project costs will be covered by Innosuisse (up to a maximum of 2.5 million Swiss francs). The company bears 30 percent of the eligible costs itself.
Your start-up or SME has a highly competitive R&D project in order to develop, commercialise and scale breakthrough innovations. You can apply for direct financial support for this at the Swiss Accelerator programme.
The funding contributions are comparable to high-risk capital, which is used to bridge the phase between development, commercialisation and sales growth.
Applications to the Swiss Accelerator are made via a highly competitive, three-step process:
- Submit your short application between 19 April and 10 May (12:00 CEST).
- You will be invited to submit a full application based on Innosuisse’s evaluation of your short application.
- Based on the evaluation of your full application, you will be invited to present your application to Innosuisse. The Innovation Council makes the final funding decision.
Your company submits an application for an individual project. Projects by consortia or university research groups cannot be supported. Your start-up or SME must satisfy the following requirements.
Your start-up or SME:
- is based in Switzerland and has a Swiss company identification number,
- has no more than 250 full-time equivalents,
- has the financial capacity to make the intended own contribution (at least 30 percent of the project costs),
- aims for fast and efficient commercialisation of the project results as well as corresponding growth,
- does not have ongoing funding from the EIC Accelerator for the same project,
- and is not on SECO’s sanctions list.
What should your short application include?
You submit your short application with the application form. Your short application summarizes all the key aspects of your innovation project that make it promising.
NOTE: The template is in English. You can submit your application in English or in a national language.
What does the Swiss Accelerator fund?
Innosuisse supports mature and ambitious projects with significant innovation and disruption potential from start-ups as well as SMEs with the aim of quickly and efficiently commercialising the project results.
The funding is intended to make a substantial contribution to projects that require high-risk capital to take important development steps toward entering the market.
The funding from Innosuisse is a maximum of 70 percent of the project costs. The company bears 30 percent of the costs itself. Innosuisse funding amounts to a maximum of 2.5 million Swiss francs per application, typically spread over two years. A total funding budget of probably 86 million Swiss francs is available for the Swiss Accelerator call for projects.
- Wage costs: Eligible personnel costs are the effective salaries including employer contributions of the project staff according to their hourly workload in the project.
- Material costs: Eligible material costs include the procurement of infrastructure required for the project if it is not part of the company’s basic infrastructure, market research and resulting activities such as the development of pricing models or the management of intellectual property, the procurement of third-party services (including research services from research partners) required for the project, e.g. clinical trials, as well as necessary cross-border travel.
Evaluation criteria: This is how your application will be evaluated
Your short application will be evaluated by three experts based on the following criteria. These evaluation criteria are closely related to the EIC Accelerator Grant Funding and take the Innosuisse criteria for project funding into account. These criteria also apply to your full application in the second application step.
Criteria in four areas:
- Level of innovation: The innovation has a high degree of novelty compared to currently available solutions and has disruption potential.
- Scalability: The business model associated with the innovation is scalable and has high growth potential.
- Scientific basis and feasibility: The innovation is based on a technology that has been sufficiently validated in a relevant environment in order to assess the potential and evaluate the risk.
- Intellectual property: The company owns the necessary intellectual property rights to ensure freedom to operate (FTO).
- Timing: The timing of the innovation is appropriate with respect to relevant factors such as market conditions as well as social and technological developments.
- Market potential: The target market for the innovation is appropriate, suitably defined and assessed.
- Competition: Thorough analysis of the competition is available. The unique selling points (USP) and the key differentiators from competitors are defined. The company can adequately protect itself from competition (e.g., through intellectual property rights, speed to market, etc.).
- Marketing: There is a convincing, well thought-out commercialisation strategy including a business and revenue model.
- Sustainability: The innovation contributes to the sustainable development of society, the economy and/or the environment (e.g. to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals).
- Value creation in Switzerland: The implementation of the innovation increases value creation in Switzerland.
- Project planning: There is a clear and realistic implementation plan with defined milestones, work packages, deliverables and resources.
- Team: The team has the capacity and skills to implement and bring the innovation to market, or has or will have access to all critical skills.
- Risk management: The most important risks have been identified and realistic mitigation measures defined.
- Key partners: The key partners needed to develop and commercialise the innovation have been identified and the necessary partnerships have been initiated or established, depending on the status and planning of the project.
- Cost-benefit ratio: This is a high-risk, high-benefit project. Without the funding contribution from Swiss Accelerator, there is a risk that the company will miss the ideal moment.
Submit short application
Do you meet the requirements and criteria? Then submit your short application. You will receive an email confirmation after you submit your short application.
The deadline for submitting your short application expired on 10 May 2022 (12:00 Central European Summer Time, CEST).
Decision regarding the short application
First, the Innosuisse Secretariat formally evaluates your application. After that, three independent experts will assess the content of your short application according to the criteria. Innosuisse invites applicants to submit a full application or rejects their short application based on these expert evaluations.
Innosuisse will inform you in writing by summer:
- If your short application has been positively evaluated by the experts, you will be invited to submit a full application.
- If your short application does not meet the eligibility criteria or is rated less well by the experts compared to other applications, the Innovation Council will ultimately reject your short application. Innosuisse will then inform you in writing about the rejection. The reasons for rejection will be explained in the decision. An appeal against the decision from Innosuisse can be lodged with the Federal Administrative Court within 30 days.
Questions and support
Questions and answers (updated on 03.05.2022)
Frequently asked questions
In the FAQ document (PDF, 192 kB, 04.05.2022), the most important questions about the Swiss Accelerator programme are answered.
Can my start-up or SME receive support in preparing the project application for the Swiss Accelerator programme?
Innosuisse mentors do not provide support services for the preparation of applications for the Swiss Accelerator programme.
If concrete support in the preparation of the application is required, you can contact Euresearch. Euresearch promotes and facilitates the participation of researchers, organisations and companies in Switzerland in the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
Last modification 10.05.2022