The major bottom-up funding is provided by the matching funding program of CTI
(120Mio CHF/year). Any partnership (one institute and one company) can submit anytime a project on any subject. CTI will fund the research at the institute up to the level of spent on this project within the company. Cash contribution form the company is not required by law.
CTI supports also start-up companies with its start-up initiative
. Any start-up can apply anytime.
In addition, CTI provides support through innovation mentors
is the NTN (National Thematic Network) for Photonics of CTI and its major task is to support the innovation forces within SMEs, by supporting the SMEs in contacting their appropriate research institute and by providing them with the appropriate funding tool.