Switzerland: Innosuisse


Innosuisse – Swiss Innovation Agency

Programme Profile

Innosuisse is the Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency. It is a federal entity under public law with a separate legal personality. Innosuisse’s role is to promote science-based innovation in the interests of industry and society in Switzerland. Innosuisse especially promotes the partnership between academia and the market with innovation projects, networking, training and coaching, laying the groundwork for successful Swiss start-ups, products and services. It provides considerable benefits for a prosperous and sustainable economy.

Innosuisse provides support in accordance with the subsidiarity principle: it will only support excellent innovation projects if there are no other funding possibilities to implement them in a potential market.

Innosuisse takes part as an associated partner in the M-ERA.NET to promote transnational projects to support the market oriented innovation process, the know-how transfer between academy and industry on a European/International level and benchmark.

Innosuisse supports bottom up generated innovation projects of all sort of disciplines. Innosuisse projects need to have an active industry involvement of at least 50%. Only public, Non-win oriented research institutes are fully funded. Industry partners like SMEs are taking part self-financed.

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Program manager (excecuting funding organisation)


Contact person
Details: e-mail, tel.

Name:  Roland BŰHLER

Phone:  +41 58 466 77 03

e-mail:  roland.buehler@innosuisse.ch

Type of research eligible for funding: eligible TRL range

Science based applied research and innovation

Funding rates (approx.)

  • 100% for Innosuisse acknowledged public research partners
  • 0% for industry/SME partners (standard Innosuisse rules applicable)

Major eligibility restrictions
(e.g. types of organisations, thematic restricition)

  • No thematic restriction
  • Partnership between Swiss industry/SME and Swiss public research partner mandatory, no single partner application possible.
  • National application of standard proposal to Innosuisse office at M-ERA.NET preproposal deadline.

Geographical coverage (national/regional)

  • National

National/regional schedule, cut-off dates, deadlines