Start your innovation project now

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.

  • Energy & Environment
  • Engineering
  • ICT
  • Life Sciences
  • Social Sciences & Business Management 

The assessment of your application is primarily based on the degree of innovation, the scientific significance of the innovation, the market potential and the contribution to the promotion of sustainable development.

An additional CHF 19 million is available for innovation projects in the field of energy as part of the energy funding programme until 2020. The regular criteria for Innosuisse projects shall apply.

Who can submit an application?

Project partners must meet the following criteria:

As a company:

  • Your company or non-profit organisation adds value to the Swiss market and has a UID number.
  • A research institution wants to be an implementation partner for your innovation project.
  • You will bear any project costs incurred by your company and are prepared to provide the research partner with costs in the amount of at least 10% of Innosuisse’s funding.
  • You focus on science-based innovation – the practical application of the latest technologies and findings from research.


As a research institution:

  • You work at a research body.
  • Research partners may be:
    - higher education research centres as per Article 4 Letter c RIPA;
    - non-commercial research centres outside of the university domain as per Article 5 RIPA;
    - federal government research institutions as per Article 16 Paragraph 3 RIPA, which have to conduct their own research projects in order to properly perform their duties;
    - federal research establishments as per Article 17 RIPA.
  • A company wants to realise its innovation project with you as a research partner.


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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 12.03.2018

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Project and Programme Funding

Energy & Environment
Suzana Kolly
+41 58 465 33 72

Davi Chung
+41 58 462 81 47

Alain Tanner
+41 58 467 17 55

Life Sciences
Ingrid Nyfeler
+41 58 464 19 85

Social Sciences & Business Management
Anna Cuccu
+41 58 462 86 51



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