R&D projects for your company
If Swiss businesses are able to turn their ideas into marketable innovations quickly, SMEs will also be able to compete on the international stage. The CTI therefore funds applied research projects, which are carried out by companies working together with universities. The CTI funds hundreds of such projects every year.
Does your company have an idea for a product, process or service innovation, but lacks research capacity to develop it in-house? The CTI helps you develop your idea with a suitable public research partner to turn it into a marketable innovation. You benefit from the infrastructure and scientific expertise of research institutions and can bring your innovation rapidly to the market.
How to submit an application
The CTI accepts application-oriented projects in any research-based innovative field. You can submit an application at any time. If you have any questions regarding the steps below, please contact an innovation mentor of your choice:
To submit an application, follow these steps:
Application submissions from 2017
On 16 November 2016 the Federal Council approved the amendment of the funding regulations (see press release (in German)). From January 2017 the CTI will reimburse indirect costs (overheads) incurred by research institutions in a uniform manner. From 1 January 2017 project applications may only be submitted using the revised form.
The amended funding regulations will come into effect on 1 January 2017. The explanatory report sets out the reasons for revising the regulations and provides detailed explanations of the individual articles. Key questions and answers on the new practice can be found in the Q&A section.
The CTI experts discuss applications several times a year. Only applications submitted no later than 5pm on the last day of the deadline will be considered at the next evaluation meeting. The exact application deadlines can be found in the following documents.
Your ongoing project
Once you have received a positive decision from the CTI you can get going on your innovation project. Once a project is up and running, you should nonetheless take note of the following.