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Around 20 guests met on 15.12.2022 in the DeliveryLab of the Park Innovaare, to learn more about the latest changes to Innosuisse's funding instruments. Among the guests were many member companies as well as scientists from PSI and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW with spin-off ambitions plus additional visitors. After an interesting information session, the participants enjoyed an aperitif and changed their views about the latest changes and experiences in the field of funding.
The revised Federal Act on the Promotion of Research and Innovation (RIPA) will enter into force at the beginning of January 2023. The revision concerns various funding offers from Innosuisse. Leendert den Haan, technology and innovation expert from Hightech Zentrum Aargau AG and accredited innovation mentor Innosuisse, informed our guests.
At a glance - important changes from Innosuisse
New 40:60% split of amounts for innovation
Innovative organisations such as SMEs, large companies, start-ups, or other private or public organisations develop new services and products together with Swiss universities and research institutions as part of innovation projects.
Today, participating companies as implementation partners must pay 50 percent of the direct project costs themselves. Innosuisse covers the other half, thereby covering the costs of the Swiss research institutes. From January 2023 the companies' own contribution to new innovation projects will be between 40 and 60 percent. The project partners will jointly determine the distribution of contributions. Innosuisse will continue to cover only the direct project costs incurred by the Swiss research institutions.
Changed funding conditions for international innovation projects from the beginning of 2023
From 2023, Swiss implementation partners, such as SMEs or start-ups, will be able to receive direct funding within the framework of international innovation projects, even if the international project cooperation does not take place within the framework of Eurostars or the thematic EU partnerships.
Until now, Swiss companies have been at a slight disadvantage here compared to foreign project partners.This change means that Innosuisse can also enter into bilateral collaborations with partner organisations in countries such as the USA, Brazil, South Korea, Israel or Sweden.
Changes for start-up coaching
From 2023 onwards, start-ups must first apply for Initial Coaching in order to participate in Core Coaching. Only after successful completion of this first phase can start-ups apply for Core Coaching. In Core Coaching, the start-ups receive support from coaches for a maximum of three years. Newly, start-ups may also submit an application as organisations, and not only founders as individuals as before. This means that the coaching services are available to the entire team.
New funding instrument «start-up innovation projects»
The revised RIPA now allows Innosuisse to directly fund science-based innovation projects by start-ups from 2023, which was not possible before. Projects with significant innovation potential must prepare the first market entry of the start-up companies. These projects do not require a research partner. Innosuisse covers a maximum of 70 percent of the start-ups' eligible project costs. The aim is to support start-ups in the difficult phase leading up to market entry and to accelerate this process.
Find more information about Innouisse funding offers here