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Innosuisse - Manufacturing technologies Impulse Programme

© 2018 Innosuisse

© 2018 Innosuisse

Drive digitalisation in Switzerland forward and submit your innovation project from 27 November 2018

Switzerland is set to remain one of the leading countries in the development and application of digital technologies. In order to achieve this, the Federal Council is pledging a total of CHF 62 million as part of its 2019-2020 action plan. Innosuisse is implementing two of the recommended measures: the "Manufacturing technologies" impulse programme and the promotion of digitalisation in energy and mobility via the SCCER.

Manufacturing technologies impulse programme

The “Manufacturing technologies” impulse programme funds innovation projects at the interface between research and technology transfers that Swiss companies conduct together with research institutions in the digitally-oriented "Industry 4.0 and Modern manufacturing technologies" segment. Additional funding for 2019 and 2020 will amount to CHF 24 million*.

*The requested additional funds must be approved by parliament in its discussions between December 2018 and February 2019.

Submission deadlines: There will be two calls for proposals depending on the project duration

First call:

Project Duration: 18 Months

Call for proposal starts: 27.11.2018

Deadline submission: 21.1.2019

Decision: Beginning of March 2019

Project start: 1.5.2019

Project end: 31.10.2020

Second call:

Project Duration: 12 Months

Call for proposal starts:  27.11.2018

Deadline submission: 20.5.2019

Decision: Beginning of September 2019

Project start: 1.11.2019

Project end: 31.10.2020

Call focus: The programme is primarily aimed at consortia comprised of companies and research institutions, which are active on a digital basis in the “Industry 4.0 and modern manufacturing technologies” segment. On the economic front, these are mostly companies in the vertical and horizontal value-creation chains of the following industries (the list is unexhaustive):

  • MEM (mechanical, electrical and metal) industry
  • food industry
  • automotive supplier industry
  • medical technology industry
  • construction industry
  • chemical industry
  • pharma and biotech
  • etc...

Applications from other sectors with the same thematic characteristics are also welcome. 

The same conditions apply as for Innosuisse’s regular innovation project funding. 

Special Funding criteria:

Exploratory projects: Preference for funding will be given to exploratory projects at the interface between research and technology transfer, in which larger consortia or research associations work together with interdisciplinary teams from the worlds of research and industry.

Create quantitative advantages or new production opportunities: The projects are intended to provide the Swiss economy with quantitative advantages such as increased productivity, production flexibility (e.g. shorter changeover times) or increased uptime as well as new production possibilities.

50% share can be reduced: The usual rules requiring a contribution of at least 50% to the project costs by the implementation partners can be reduced as a result of a case-by-case basis if the projects are particularly innovative and have above-average potential for success or their results could benefit a wide range of users.

Comparatively higher material costs are eligible for funding: Comparatively higher proportions of material costs in the total costs are also generally eligible for funding for exploratory consortium projects, provided that the costs flow into pilot and demonstration systems with broader benefits, for example, and are reasonable in proportion to staff expenses.

Good opportunities for follow-up projects: Due to their exploratory and consortium character, high-quality projects with a correspondingly successful course are expected to have good opportunities for follow-up projects with specific applications for individual implementation partners.

Each project should feature (though these are not prerequisites):

  • more than one implementation partner (including at least one SME)
  • value chain coverage by a number of implementation partners
  • more than one research partner, at least one of which is a university of applied sciences

Matchmaking Events: Have you got an idea for a project but are still looking for partners? Take part in one of the special events with Swissmem, Industrie 2025 and SATW and find your project partners. innosuisse will provide you with further details on submitting applications and conditions and is at your service if you have any questions:

Sources: More information are available at:

Innosuisse Contact: Dannie Jost, Scientific Officer ICT, Tel. +41 58 467 17 55 , [email protected]

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