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Innosuisse - Swiss Innovation Agency

Einsteinstrasse 2, CH-3003 Bern, Switzerland

Contact Person

Ms. Prabitha Urwyler, PD Dr.
Phone: +41 58 469 17 67


Aim of Programme

  • Promoting science-based innovation
  • Improving the innovative capacity and competitive position of economic entities including small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)
  • Strengthening the capacity of companies to cooperate internationally
  • Establishing systematic access to national and international know-how

Funding Conditions

The following funding criteria apply to Swiss partners in the consortium:

  • Mandatory submission of an “IraSME Application Form” by e-mail to and a national proposal via Innosuisse submission portal (including a consortium agreement draft and financial documents per implementation partner < 250 FTE)
  • Minimum project consortium of 1 implementation partner from each partner country and 1 research entity from any of the participating countries
  • All participants must comply with the funding rules of their home country
  • Maximum 70% of the total Swiss project costs to be covered by Innosuisse
  • Maximum funding per Swiss partner within a project is CHF 500,000 (applications exceeding this limit will not be considered)
  • Funding rate for Swiss partners: start-ups and SMEs up to 50%, large companies up to 25%, research institutions up to 100% of total eligible costs (Swiss start-ups that have not yet entered the market and that only collaborate with foreign companies can receive up to 70%)
  • Eligible costs:
    • Personnel costs (salaries + employer’s contribution to social security)
    • Material costs
    • Costs for project-related contracts with third parties
    • Coordination costs (management of the consortium)
    • Travel costs (covers international visit to project partners)
  • Project duration should be between 18 and 36 months


  • Development of innovative products, solutions, processes or services
  • Sound risk mitigation strategy
  • Innovative content of the project
  • Added-value of international cooperation
  • Clear project plan and realistic timelines



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