R&D project grants

The CTI aims to generate more innovative products and services by motivating higher education institutions and the private sector to jointly carry out application-oriented R&D projects. Hundreds of such projects are supported every year.

The CTI provides funding based on the bottom-up principle: the project partners define their own projects. The projects funded by the CTI should establish Switzerland as an investment grade centre for business and research and improve the competitiveness of the economy. CTI funding is used to pay the salaries of around 1000 researchers annually. Companies, on the one hand, benefit from the expertise of young, trained researchers, and on the other hand, they can use the infrastructure of the higher education institutions for their research purposes. The R&D project grants are open to all disciplines. Applications are divided into the following four subject areas, and assessed by relevant experts. The projects approved are the ones with the greatest potential for knowledge generation and added value.

If you want to submit a project application, follow the these steps:

Engineering sciences

In Switzerland, the diverse industrial landscape, mainly consisting of SMEs, and the equally diverse research landscape make it difficult to consolidate research results and market needs. The CTI’s Engineering Sciences funding area facilitates this process.

Project proposals must come from one of the following fields of knowledge:

  • Production technology
  • Material technologies
  • Mechanical and thermal engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Environmental technology, ecology

Enabling Sciences

Enabling Sciences comprise the whole spectrum of the humanities, economics and social studies and are therefore an academic field that has a distinct interface role and thus holds great interdisciplinary potential.

Project proposals must come from one of the following fields of knowledge:

  • Business management, finance
  • Spatial planning, tourism, public administration
  • (software-based) ICTs
  • Logistics, integrated production, e-business
  • Economics, social sciences, health
  • Architecture, design

Life Sciences

Life Sciences is the study of life in all its forms. The variety of disciplines is accordingly large with a high potential for market-based applications. The focus is on medical technology and biotech fields, but the areas of biology, biochemistry, cleantech, pharmacology, nutrition, food technology and agriculture are also included.

Project proposals must come from one of the following fields of knowledge:

  • Medtech
  • Biotech
  • Agrotech
  • Foodtech

Micro- and nanotechnologies

The CTI supports cooperation between higher education institutions and industry in the field of micro- and nanotechnologies. It promotes subdivisions and sub-disciplines to help find solutions between different applications and industries.

Project proposals must come from one of the following fields of knowledge:

  • Electronic components and systems, embedded systems
  • Energy management: power electronic, building control components, energy harvesting
  • Opto-electronic /photonic components and systems
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Micro- and nanosystems, metrology
  • Materials, surfaces and interfaces
  • Semiconductors - production, assembly, packaging
  • Energy components and systems: Photovoltaics, solar thermal, fuel cells, wind energy
  • Energy conversion and storage
  • MEMS & MOEMS & bioMEMS components and systems

Further Information


List of R&D projects

Listed below are all R&D projects plus those projects which benefitted from the special measures to combat the effects of the strong franc.

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Last modification 30.11.2016

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Secretariat CTI

Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI Funding area
Einsteinstrasse 2
CH-3003 Bern

Engineering Sciences, Anna Cuccu and Davi Chung

+41 58 462 81 47


Life Sciences, Ingrid Nyfeler

+41 58 464 19 85


Enabling Sciences, Alain Tanner

+41 58 462 86 51


Micro- and Nanotechnologies, Suzana Kolly

+41 58 461 41 99


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