Swiss Accelerator: call for projects 2023

Swiss SMEs and start-ups that are established on the market and demonstrate above-average innovation potential can apply for direct financial support for innovation projects within the Swiss Accelerator programme. The novel products and services should be able to be implemented quickly and effectively and be scalable.

After the launch of the Swiss Accelerator in 2022, Innosuisse issues the second call for projects in 2023.

The Federal Council has not earmarked any funds for the Swiss Accelerator in the transitional measures 2024 for Horizon Europe.

Therefore, there will be no call for projects in 2024. It is currently unclear whether and when there will be a new call for projects. Last update: 10.04.2024

The Swiss Accelerator remains a transitional measure for Horizon Europe in 2023, as decided by the Federal Council on 24 May 2023. Because Switzerland is considered a non-associated third country under the European Union's framework programme, the Swiss government has commissioned Innosuisse to implement this transitional measure. It is financed by the Confederation.

The funding from Innosuisse is a maximum of 70 percent of project costs. The company bears 30 percent of the costs itself. Per application, Innosuisse funding amounts to a maximum of 2.5 million Swiss francs. SMEs and start-ups undergo a three-stage application process.

> Requirements and evaluation criteria in detail

IMPORTANT: Start-ups that have not yet entered the market are not allowed to submit applications for Swiss Accelerator projects.

Is your start-up not yet present on the market with products or services?

Then the start-up innovation projects might be of interest to you. It is not possible to submit simultaneous applications to the Swiss Accelerator and for start-up innovation projects due to the defined criteria.

Swiss Accelerator: Step by step

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Last modification 12.04.2024

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Application platform Innosuisse

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The Innolink platform is used to submit and manage applications to Innosuisse. 

FAQ zu Innosuisse

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the FAQ about the Swiss Accelerator here. (PDF, 257 kB, 04.10.2023)

Patent research

End of free services with the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI)

The patent search services previously offered free of charge to Innosuisse applicants via the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property have been discontinued.

However, costs associated with research into intellectual property issues may still be covered as part of the direct project costs chargeable for approved applications from the following funding schemes:

  • Innovation projects with or without partners
  • Innovation projects for start-ups
  • Swiss Accelerator