The photonic industry plays an important role in Switzerland with a direct revenue of more than 4 billion SFr, Swiss Photonics Market Report 2016 (275 KB)
ranking second per capita in Europe. According to a SPIE industry report
from 2015 Switzerland has the 9th largest count of companies and the 9th plase of revenues contributing to photonics component production worldwide.
Support of innovation at companies
The Swiss Federal government spends up to 5Bio CHF/year in education and innovation (Swiss Federal Innovation Funding
(PDF, 161 KB)), most programs are dedicated to research but there are at least two innovation funding sources of interest for companies.
- Bottom up programs: CTI (100Mio CHF/year): Project requests need to include at least one company and one research institute. CTI is funding the research at institute up to matching the R&D investment of the company. Cash support by company is desired but not always a requirement. Projects on any topic can be submitted anytime. CTI supports also start-ups with coaching and training.
- Top down programs: Via EU (Horizon 2020, ESA, etc 800Mio/year): Swiss federal government finances R&D at Swiss companies and research institutions based on top down programs as decided by "Brussels". As the total direct cash going into R&D funding of Swiss companies is estimated to be above 100Mio CHF/year this funding source has become very important.
The Aramis database
gives an overview of National projects. Swissphotonics supports its members to have access to these fundings.
International projects are listed in the Cordis database