Innovation cheque

As an SME or other type of organisation with fewer than 250 full-time employees, you can apply for an innovation cheque (preliminary study) worth up to 15,000 Swiss francs to assess the viability of your innovation concept. This voucher enables you to commission idea studies and analyses of the innovation and market potential with a Swiss research partner in all subject areas and to test the collaboration with the research partner.

This offer is addressed to:

  • SMEs, start-ups and other small and medium-sized organisations from the private or public sector (with less than 250 full-time equivalents).

Innovation cheque: Steps in the process


Other funding opportunities

> Do you, as an SME, need support in launching your innovation project or in finding a partner?
Small and medium-sized organisations (up to 250 full-time equivalents) can apply for support from an innovation mentor at Innosuisse.

> Are you a research institution without an implementation partner?
Innosuisse funds innovation projects by researchers who have not yet found a partner to implement the result. We particularly provide support for highly innovative yet risky projects.


Last modification 01.05.2024

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Application platform Innosuisse

Innosuisse application platforms

The Innosuisse platforms are used to submit and manage applications to Innosuisse. Project partners and start-ups can submit applications. Innosuisse members can access the projects and cases assigned to them.

Patent research

End of free services with the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI)

The patent search services previously offered free of charge to Innosuisse applicants via the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property have been discontinued.

However, costs associated with research into intellectual property issues may still be covered as part of the direct project costs chargeable for approved applications from the following funding schemes:

  • Innovation projects with or without partners
  • Innovation projects for start-ups
  • Swiss Accelerator