Application and criteria

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 realize an innovation project with you.
  • 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.

Please mind the Overview of research centres with approved innovation projects (PDF, 160 kB, 14.06.2019), as well as the information sheet for non-commercial research centres outside the higher education sector (PDF, 88 kB, 09.05.2018).

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.

New applications

Do you meet the requirements?

Then submit your application!

You can submit your application at any time. A decision regarding funding will usually be made within 8 weeks.

PDF Print of the online application form for Innosuisse Innovation Project applications (PDF, 324 kB, 11.07.2019)

Frequently asked questions about the submission:

Dates of the evaluation meetings

Jan. 2019
30.01.2019   29.01.2019 30.01.2019 29.01.2019
Feb. 2019
27.02.2019   28.02.2019 22.02.2019 28.02.2019
Mar. 2019       06.03.2019  
Apr. 2019 10.04.2019 10.04.2019 11.04.2019 10.04.2019
May 2019 22.05.2019 22.05.2019 22.05.2019 22.05.2019 22.05.2019
June 2019          
Jul. 2019 03.07.2019 03.07.2019 04.07.2019 03.07.2019 01.07.2019
Aug. 2019          
Sept. 2019 11.09.2019 04.09.2019 04.09.2019 04.09.2019 04.09.2019
Oct. 2019 23.10.2019 16.10.2019 15.10.2019 29.10.2019 17.10.2019
Nov. 2019 27.11.2019 28.11.2019 28.11.2019 27.11.2019 28.11.2019
Dec. 2019 11.12.2019 18.12.2019 10.12.2019 17.12.2019 17.12.2019
If the application is submitted at least 6 weeks before the date of the meeting and the evaluation goes smoothly, the application can be dealt with at the following meeting. The session dates are an annual plan. Innosuisse reserves the right to postpone dates. * ICT: Information and Communication Technologies
E&E: Energy & Environment
ENG: Engineering
SSBM: Social Sciences & Business Management
LS: Life Sciences

More information

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 11.10.2019

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