Energy funding programme (2013-2020)

During two funding periods 2013-2016 and 2017-2020 Innosuisse, together with the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF and the Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE, managed and funded the establishment and operation of university-networked research competence centres (Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research SCCER). Innosuisse commissioned the two organisations Interface in Lucerne and Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft in Graz to carry out an evaluation of the effects of the completed energy funding programme as part of the “Swiss Coordinated Energy Research” action plan.

The action plan is intended to initiate and implement sustainable and far-reaching changes in Switzerland’s energy supply and to provide solutions to the technical, social and political challenges for the “2050 Energy Transition”.

Innosuisse has used a total of over 250 million Swiss francs in funding over the two funding periods to build up the research capacities and operation of eight SCCERs, to provide additional support for innovation projects in the field of energy and to promote joint activities across SCCERs. Read more on the conclusion of the funding program in the media release dated 17 December 2020: Innosuisse successfully concludes energy funding programme.

The evaluation includes the evaluation of the three measures mentioned above. The focus is on assessing short, medium and, where possible, long-term impacts and their contribution to the objectives of the action plan. The evaluation team should also assess the design and implementation of the programme.

A peer review and a foresight conference with the participation of energy experts are planned to summarise the results and develop recommendations. This will also allow the evaluation to focus on the possible long-term effects of the Energy Funding Programme and its impact on the economy, on science and on society. The evaluation is scheduled to be published in the third quarter of 2022. A summary of the results will be presented graphically to communicate them to a wider audience outside the scientific community and especially to policymakers.

Seven action areas – eight SCCERs

Steering of the funding programme
The SCCER steering committee (SteCo) is responsible for the strategic management of the energy funding programme. The SteCo consists of the following representatives of the Innosuisse Innovation Council, the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and – in an advisory capacity – the Federal Office of Energy:

  • President: Adriano Nasciuti, SUPSI - University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (member of the Innosuisse Innovation Council)
  • Jean-Luc Bazin, Swatch Group (member of the Innosuisse Innovation Council)
  • Bernhard Eschermann, ABB Group (member of the Innosuisse Innovation Council)
  • Renat Heuberger, South Pole Group (member of the Innosuisse Innovation Council)
  • Claudia Binder, EPFL Lausanne (SNSF Research Council member)
  • Anna Fontcuberta i Morral, EPFL Lausanne (SNSF Research Council member)
  • Marcel Mayor, University of Basel, (former SNSF Research Council member)
  • Benoît Revaz, Director of the Federal Office of Energy (acting in a consultative capacity)

The experts responsible for the evaluation of the SCCER are listed here.

The interests of the members of the Innosuisse Innovation Council can be found here. With regard to the SteCo members of the SNSF, we refer to the provisions of the SNSF.

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