Submit short application

Swiss Accelerator 1_Submit short application

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:

  1. Submit your short application between 19 April and 10 May (12:00 CEST).
  2. You will be invited to submit a full application based on Innosuisse’s evaluation of your short application.
  3. 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.

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:

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

Webinar in replay for applicant start-ups and SMEs

A webinar on the Swiss Accelerator took place on 8 april 2022. Watch the video in replay (password: SwissAccelerator22)
or take a look at the presentation (PDF, 1 MB, 11.04.2022).

Frequently asked questions
In the FAQ document (PDF, 192 kB, 04.05.2022), the most important questions about the Swiss Accelerator programme are answered.

To whom can I send my further questions?
Watch the webinar video in replay (password: SwissAccelerator22) or write to

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

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Swiss Accelerator: submit application

The deadline expired on 10 May 2022 (12:00 CET).