What happens during coaching? What are the responsibilities of the Innovation Council? You will find answers to the most fequently asked questions here.
Board of Directors
What is the process from submitting an application through to the start of a project? When do the new Innosuisse regulations become applicable? Under Article 5 of the Federal Act on the Promotion of Research and Innovation (RIPA), how must non-commercial research centres outside of the university domain which have never received funding proceed?
How is the budget calculated and which rates for personnel expenses are used in the online tool for applications? How are the notional hourly rates calculated for 2018? How should a research institution proceed if it does not yet have any notional hourly rates to calculate salary costs? What should be declared in the application/contract if the staff are not yet known at the time the application is submitted? What do you need to pay attention to in terms of the functions within the project when entering personnel expenses in the application tool?
Regulation of intellectual property and rights of use
What rights do the implementation partners have in terms of the rights of use relating to intellectual property arising from funded innovation projects? Does an agreement on the rights of use regarding intellectual property need to be concluded for each funded project? What exactly needs to be submitted to Innosuisse? When do the documents need to be submitted by? Is an agreement of this kind a requirement for receiving funding for innovation projects? What needs to be included in the regulations? Does the law stipulate what rights partners must grant each other?
Independence of project partners from each other
May I be involved in a research project on the research partner’s side while also working for the implementation partner? As an employee of a research partner, may I work on a research project for the implementation partner in which I am not involved on the research partner’s side? May I be involved in a research project on the research partner’s side while also making a financial contribution to it? May I be involved in a research project on the research partner’s side while financially supporting the implementation partner by means of a loan or donations? As an employee of a research partner, may I support the implementation partner financially with or make a contribution to a research project in which I am not involved on the research partner’s side?
What do the eligible direct project costs include? What do the personnel expenses include? Which personnel expenses are eligible and have to be documented in the financial reporting? Do all project partners have to choose the same accounting method? Also, once a method is selected, does it apply to all future projects as well? Is there a limit on the eligible personnel expenses? Are costs for professors eligible? How are employer-paid social insurance contributions treated? Other than personnel expenses, what project costs are eligible? What costs for using research infrastructure are eligible? What costs for consumable supplies are eligible? What costs for third-party services are eligible? What travel costs are eligible? How are eligible material costs distinguished from non-eligible costs relating to basic research facility infrastructure? What is the significance of the budget (target costs), the cost ceiling and the actual (effective) costs?
Participation of implementation partners
What is the legal basis for the payment of overhead contributions? What purpose do overhead contributions serve? Which research partners receive overhead contributions? How is the overhead contribution calculated? How much is the flat rate? To what items is the flat rate for overhead applied? What reference date applies when setting the percentage to be used as the flat rate? Is the flat rate binding for the full duration of the project? Is the overhead contribution accounted for separately? How is the overhead contribution paid?
During the project
Interim financial report/prognosis and final project report
Can the accounting method specified be changed during the course of the project? When does an interim financial report have to be submitted? What documents have to accompany the interim financial report? What information has to be provided in the interim financial report as regards the prognosis, i.e. what is being reviewed? How many annual hours may be allocated to the project? What happens if the actual project costs are higher than the budget stipulated in the funding agreement? How does any amendment in the funding contribution of Innosuisse calculated on the basis of the final project accounting affect the contribution of the implementation partners? If the contribution of own work/services of the implementation partners is less than 50%, what effect does this have on the amount paid out? How much are the employerpaid social insurance contributions? Do bonuses paid and other extraordinary remuneration count as salary?
What happens during initial coaching? What happens during core coaching? What happens during scale-up coaching? Which type of coaching should I apply for? What form does the coaching process take? How does the application process work? What are the eligibility criteria for coaching? Who are the coaches? How do I choose a coach for my start-up? How exactly are the coaches paid using my voucher? What are the legal relationships between me, a coach and Innosuisse? How can I keep an eye on things like the budget, the coaches I am working with and the milestones I need to achieve?
Where can I log on to Innosuisse Analytics? What is eIAM? I have received an e-mail with an authorisation code. Where do I enter it? Everything is in English in the online tool. Does my application have to be in English too? I can’t find a “Submit” button to send off an application. Where can I change my mobile number or e-mail address?
Last modification 19.03.2019