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Innosuisse helps leverage your innovation: We support science-based innovation projects carried out by companies – particularly SMEs – working with public-sector research partners.

Does your company intend to implement an innovative product, process or service?

Does your research institution offer a great degree of expertise in an application-oriented field?

Then join forces and implement your joint innovation project!

Innosuisse is here to help:

We help to fund innovation projects carried out by companies, private or public organisations in cooperation with research institutions. Innosuisse covers the research partner’s salary and, under certain conditions, material costs as well as a contribution to overheads. The company provides at least the same amount of funding and thus bears the costs for its project itself. Join forces to get innovations on the market more quickly!

Important: Your project must meet a market need and provide economic benefits or create social value.

Innosuisse supports projects from all areas of research-based innovation topics. The applications will be assigned to one of five primary funding areas. We are, of course, still accepting applications for interdisciplinary projects.

Evaluation criteria

Innosuisse uses the following criteria to assess the quality of the applications submitted:

  • Value creation and sustainability in Switzerland: Will implementing the research results on the market have a long-term, positive impact on the company’s position in relation to its competitors?
  • For social and society-focused innovation projects: If the project is implemented successfully, will it verifiably reduce social costs and add value to the economy?
  • Level of innovation: Is the scientific and economic approach innovative?
  • Quality of the method: Evaluation of the quality of the project structure, e.g. quantitative targets and milestones
  • Project partners’ skills in relation to implementation and intended market application

The Swiss energy funding programme has made an additional CHF 19 million available for innovative energy projects for the period ending in 2020. The additional funding has already been allocated.

Projects in the area of energy can still be submitted, without any restrictions. The usual Innosuisse criteria apply and funding comes from the overall budget for innovation projects.

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Other funding opportunities

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 19.12.2019

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Project and Programme Funding



Energy & Environment
Nicolas Martin
Suzana Kolly

+41 58 465 33 72

Matthias Furler
Davi Chung

+41 58 462 81 47

Dannie Jost
Winnie Schluep

+41 58 467 17 55

Life Sciences
Stéphanie Lecaudé
Rahel Herren
Winnie Schluep

+41 58 464 19 85

Social Sciences & Business Management
Anna Cuccu
Mateja Bajic

+41 58 462 86 51


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Innosuisse Analytics Tool

Analytics is Innosuisse’s platform for submitting applications. Project partners and start-ups can submit new applications, while Innosuisse members can access the projects and cases assigned to them.


Questions & answers

You will find the answers to frequently asked questions about innovation projects, start-up coaching and other Innosuisse instruments here.


Free patent search

Are you in the process of applying for Innosuisse funding for an innovation project? Then take advantage of a free Assisted Patent Search from the Intellectual Property Institute IPI.