Evaluation and decision

Evaluation und Entscheid

Your application will first be formally reviewed by the Secretariat of Innosuisse. Then it will be assessed by two independent experts according to the applicable criteria. With the help of this assessment, the Innovation Council of Innosuisse will decide whether to fund your project. This process usually takes 6 to 8 weeks.


Criteria for evaluating your application

The experts assess the quality of the applications submitted on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Level of innovation: Is the scientific and economic approach novel?
    Specifically: What makes your innovation unique? What are the scientific, technological or social innovations?
  • Value creation and sustainability in Switzerland: Does implementing the research results in the market have a positive impact on your company's competitive edge?
    Specifically: What is the positive added value? Does your product have a unique selling point? What is the sales and earnings potential? What value can industry partners or other implementation partners add?
  • For innovation projects in social sciences: Will successful implementation of the project demonstrably reduce social costs and create societal added value (e.g. reducing poverty, increasing quality of life, improving the quality of education, reducing injustice, promoting biodiversity)?
  • Methodological quality: Quality of the project's structure, e.g. are the goals and milestones quantitative and realistic?
  • Expertise of project partners: Do the project partners have the expertise needed to carry out the project and implement it as intended on the market?


The Innovation Council of Innosuisse decides on your application in five thematic subgroups.


Submit your application at least 6 weeks in advance of a meeting of the Innovation Council. If the evaluation proceeds smoothly, the application can be dealt with at the next meeting. You will receive a decision on your application in 6 to 8 weeks. 


Dates of evaluation meetings of the Innovation Council

Jan. 2020
    28.01.2020 16.01.2020 27.01.2020
Feb. 2020
Mar. 2020 11.03.2020 03.03.2020 05.03.2020 05.03.2020 05.03.2020
Apr. 2020 22.04.2020 21.04.2020 14.04.2020 14.04.2020
May 2020 27.05.2020 26.05.2020 27.05.2020   27.05.2020
June 2020       04.06.2020  
Jul. 2020 08.07.2020 03.07.2020 09.07.2020 09.07.2020 03.07.2020
Aug 2020          
Sept. 2020 09.09.2020 10.09.2020 10.09.2020 09.09.2020 10.09.2020
Oct. 2020 07.10.2020 08.10.2020 08.10.2020 07.10.2020 15.10.2020
Nov. 2020 12.11.2020 06.11.2020 06.11.2020 11.11.2020 06.11.2020
Dec. 2020 10.12.2020 10.12.2020 10.12.2020 04.12.2020 10.12.2020
The meeting dates are based on an annual planning. Innosuisse reserves the right to change dates. *
ICT: Information and Communication Technologies
E&E: Energy & Environment
ENG: Engineering
SSBM: Social Sciences & Business Management
LS: Life Sciences

Your application is approved

Following the decision of the Innovation Council, Innosuisse will inform you of the approval in writing by e-mail and by post within two weeks. Projects may also be approved subject to conditions. Prior to starting the project, you must conclude a subsidy contract with Innosuisse.


Your application is rejected

Following a negative decision by the Innovation Council, Innosuisse will inform you of such in writing by post within two weeks. The reasons for the rejection will be explained in the decision. An appeal against the decision can be lodged with the Federal Administrative Court within 30 days.

You can revise a rejected application at any time and re-submit it to Innosuisse as a new application, provided that the new application remedies the shortcomings and integrates the recommendations noted in the rejection decision. The changes must be easily identifiable: please explain them in an accompanying letter or highlight them in colour in the application. The newly submitted application will be re-evaluated according to the usual evaluation process.


Support for project revision

Last modification 17.08.2020

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Energy & Environment
Nicolas Martin
Suzana Kolly

+41 58 465 33 72

Matthias Furler
Davi Chung
Christoph Bigler

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Dannie Jost
Winnie Schluep

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Life Sciences
Stéphanie Lecaudé
Fatma Sahindal
Winnie Schluep

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Mateja Bajic

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