Info for companies
The photonic industry plays an important role in Switzerland with a direct revenue of more than 4 billion SFr (details can be downloaded Optech_consulting-Photonik_schweiz_2012-Final (PDF, 166 KB)), ranking second per capita in Europe.
Support of innovation at companies
Switzerland has many different programs to support innovation. The three major programs are:
- SNSF Swiss National Science Foundation (650Mio. CHF/year). Mainly supporting basic science projects with some funds available for technology transfer for institutes and companies. Requests can be submitted anytime.
- EU R&D projects (300Mio. CHF/year). Calls for specific topics are published periodically by the EU. Wait until your topic of interest is being published and submitt proposal (togteher with other companies and research institutes). Disadvantage: Low acceptance ratio and red tape. Advantage: Funding of R&D at institutes and companies.
- CTI Innovation promotion (120Mio. CHF/year). Request needs to include at least one company and one research institute. CTI is funding the research at institute up to R&D investment of the company. Submit request anytime.
Swissphotonics supports member companies:Swissphotonics can support you and your company! We offer to our members free of charge:
- Matching partner: Support to find a matching research institute
- Public innovation funding: Support to find governmental funding
- Market data: Access to international photonics networks and to market data and reports.
- Financing of companies: SLN establishes contact with equity and dept-equity sources
- Patents: SLN can give first level support for intellectual property questions
Swissphotonics seed money checkSwissphotonics supports also members with a seed money check (5000.- CHF) for selected projects. This check can be cashed in at any research institute in order to prepare a CTI submission. Just send in your short description of the project or just state your problem (200 to 400 words to ) and the SLN board will decide within 2 weeks if the request can be honored with a seed money check. in fo @s wi ss ph on to ni cs .n et