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In July 2011, the Federal Council adopted a series of measures to mitigate the impact of the strong Swiss franc. Among these measures, the CTI Voucher was introduced and tested as a potential funding instrument. On 14 September 2012, a new batch of CTI Vouchers will be made available for Life Sciences. Starting from 2013, the CTI Voucher will become a regular funding instrument for all research areas covered by CTI’s project promotion activities.
On 14 September 2012, SMEs and start-up companies may begin submitting CTI Voucher applications for proposed R&D projects relating to Life Sciences.
The CTI Voucher programme is intended to improve the innovative capacities of Swiss-based SMEs and start-up companies by encouraging them to work more closely with eligible research institutes. This cooperation ensures that R&D projects are managed more effectively and makes it easier for project partners to assess risk. A CTI Voucher is essentially a commitment made by CTI to provide a federal funding for an approved R&D project. All CTI Voucher payments are intended to cover the research institute's costs in relation to the R&D project and are paid directly to the research institute.
With the CTI Voucher programme, SMEs and start-up companies play a much more active role than in the past, determining the roadmap and milestones for both the application process and the future R&D project. The application process itself is divided into two phases: in Phase 1, the SME or start-up company (implementation partner) submits a preliminary application without contacting a research institute (research partner) regarding the proposed R&D project. If CTI approves the preliminary application, the implementation partner receives tentative confirmation from CTI to move to Phase 2 of the application process. The implementation partner is then free to find a suitable research partner to assist with preparation and submission of a complete application. If CTI approves the complete application, then the project partners may begin work on the R&D project and CTI will release the approved federal funding contribution.
The CTI Voucher will become a regular funding instrument for all research areas covered by CTI's project promotion activities. We shall keep our partners informed of the latest developments in due course.
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