You can start your innovation project 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.

Has your research work thrown up a great innovative idea with market potential, but you have not yet found a business partner to implement your project on the market? Are you convinced that your scientific findings could be implemented successfully onto the market by a company? 

Innosuisse is here to help: You can still submit your application without an implementation partner initially. 

Innosuisse supports innovation projects without an implementation partner for a maximum of 18 months (if the project is part of the federal funding programme in the field of energy, support may be provided for up to 36 months).

What sort of projects are funded?

  • Projects such as feasibility studies, prototypes and test facilities as well as projects to execute themed funding programmes commissioned by the Federal Council are funded.
  • The project displays a considerable innovation potential and a clear business idea
  • With the current state of research, there is a high risk of the project not succeeding on the market.
  • You intend to try to convince potential implementation partners of the economic benefits of your idea over the next few months
  • Your project staff have the skills required to execute the project.

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.

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 16.10.2019 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

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Last modification 16.09.2019

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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
Eva Gerber

+41 58 464 19 85

Social Sciences & Business Management
Anna Cuccu
Mateja Bajic

+41 58 462 86 51

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