Info for Institutes

The Swiss Federal government spends up to 5Bio CHF/year, mostly in education and research. Photonic research in Switzerland is worldclass and represented, among many others, in the following SNSF project NCCR-MUST.

Support of innovation at institutes

The Swiss Federal government spends up to 5 Bio CHF/year in educatin and innovation (Swiss Federal Innovation Funding21 (PDF, 161 KB)), most programs are dedicated to research.
  • Bottom-up: SNSF Swiss National Science Foundation (800Mio. CHF/year). Mainly supporting basic science projects with some funds available for technology transfer for institutes and companies. Requests can be submitted anytime.
  • Bottom-up: CTI Innovation promotion (120Mio. CHF/year). Requests need to include at least one company and one research institute. CTI is funding the research at the institute up to R&D investment of the company. No cash required by the company. Submit request anytime on any topic.
  • Top-down: EU R&D projects (800Mio. CHF/year). Calls for specific topics are published periodically by the EU. Wait until your topic of interest is being published and submit proposal (togteher with other companies and research institutes). Disadvantage: Low acceptance ratio and red tape. Advantage: Funding of R&D at institutes and companies.

Swiss National Photonics Laboratories

In order to stengthen the coordination between various institutes working on the same topic we have decided to form and support the collaboration and coordination between institutes who work in the same field. We do call these cooperations "Swiss National Photonics Laboratories", as they are designed to drive the research results through applications into SMEs.

Swissphotonics support for institutes

Swissphotonics can support you and your institute! We offer free of charge: Workshops to bring research and industry togther, Support to find a matching company, support to obtain funding, access to international photonic networks, access to photonic market data and reports. Swissphotonics can also support you with respect to intellectual property questions, i.e. patent issues.

Seed money

Swissphotonics supports also its institute members with direct seed money (5000.- CHF) to prepare a CTI submission for selected projects. Just send in your short description of the project or just state your problem (200 to 400 words in English to 7int%fom,@sz5wiv-sse#phb*otm2onc/icr/s.w$nec#tq ) and the Swissphotonics board will decide within 2 weeks if the request can be honored with direct seed money.
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