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The CHF 100 million in additional funding that the Federal Council granted to CTI for its special innovation programme has now been fully allocated. CTI made all project funding payments to the various research partners by 20 January 2012. Many of the applications that could not be processed under the special innovation programme have already been resubmitted under CTI’s normal Project Promotion Programme for 2012.
CTI experts reviewed a total of 1,064 project funding applications, approved 246 and rejected 299. Because of the huge inflow of applications, 519 of the incoming applications could not be processed. The very robust demand is also reflected in the total amount of project funding sought: over CHF 530 million, which far exceeds the amount of the funding set aside for the special stimulus package.
Mainly development and venture projects approved
Initial CTI estimates indicate that most of the submitted and approved applications (80%) related to short-term development and market projects. This was to be expected given the conditions set forth in the call for project proposals. CTI experts also approved applications for several venture projects, which were viewed as potentially longer-term projects. CTI experts will be providing support to these future innovation projects in an early phase.
Approved projects are now in the implementation phase and will receive close support from CTI experts. Over the next few weeks, detailed estimates of the special innovation programme will be completed and made public.
Special innovation programme a success for CTI
CTI's handling of the special innovation programme was a major success. President Walter Steinlin is pleased: "Thanks to the tremendous effort made by all employees and CTI members, a great number of applications could be reviewed and processed. The quality of applications was top-priority. The 45% success rate shows that no compromises were made on quality."
Normal Project Promotion Programme for 2012
CTI regrets the fact that many applications remained unprocessed. Applicants whose application could not be processed are encouraged to re-submit their application under CTI's normal Project Promotion Programme for 2012 and under the corresponding conditions. The extraordinarily large number of applications received thus far in 2012 shows that many companies have already taken the initiative.
For project-related questions, please contact the person in charge of the given project:
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