Swiss grants

All Swiss Grants and funding opportunities in Switzerland. Your guide to the most important research and development grants in Switzerland. At the moment there are various grants, such as Innosuisse Innovation, BRIDGE or the NTN Innovation Booster.

Innosuisse Grants

Innosuisse helps leverage your innovation: They support science-based innovation projects carried out by companies – particularly SMEs – working with public-sector research partners.


Innosuisse Flagship

Subsidy: No maximum budget defined

Scope: The aim of this initiative is to stimulate innovation in areas particularly relevant to the economy or society by promoting transdisciplinary project collaboration. Within these projects, solutions are offered to challenges that can only be solved through collaborative work.

Read more about this call or visit the Innosuisse website


NTN innovation booster

Subsidy: max. CHF 500,000 annually

Scope: The NTN – Innovation Boosters bring together interested teams from universities, business and society at national level around a defined innovation theme and stimulate the emergence and testing of concrete innovation ideas.

Themes of economic relevance are to be addressed in an innovative manner: new scientific findings provide important momentum and may lead to the launch of process, product or service innovations in the foreseeable future. The novel applications can impact both industry and the services sector.

Read more about this call or visit the Innosuisse website.


Impulse programme: Swiss Innovation Power

Subsidy: ~CHF 450,000 per project

Scope: The Impulse programme Swiss Innovation Power aims to stimulate innovation activities, to maintain the strength of Swiss innovations and secure the long-term competitiveness of small to medium-sized companies in Switzerland in view of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Read more about this call or visit the Innosuisse website



Swiss National Science Foundation

The Swiss National Science Foundation, SNSF, supports scientific research in all academic disciplines, including life sciences and medicine, through a wide range of research funding schemes.


National Research Programmes (NRPs)

Subsidy: From CHF 300,000 – 2,000,000

Scope: Research carried out by NRP consists of research projects that contribute to the solution of contemporary problems of national importance.

Read more about this call or visit the SNSF website


Investigator initiated clinical trials (IICT)

Subsidy: No maximum budget defined

Scope: The IICT programme is targeted at researchers who wish to conduct an investigator initiated clinical trial. Support will be given to clinical studies that are of value to the patients and address important unmet medical and societal needs but are not in industry focus.

Read more about this call or visit the SNSF website


SPIRIT – Swiss programme for international Research by Scientific Investigation Teams

Subsidy: ~ CHF 500,000 per project

Scope: SPIRIT’s vision and mission remain unchanged. The programme continues to strengthen cross-border research that involves researchers in Switzerland and in partner countries in the global South. The SPIRIT programme facilitates knowledge exchange and opportunities to collaborate between Swiss researchers and researchers in many countries around the world.

Read more about this call or visit the SNSF website


Sinergia – Interdisciplinary, Collaborative and Breakthrough

Subsidy: minimum CHF 50,000 and maximum CHF 3,2M

Scope: Sinergia grants support collaborative, interdisciplinary projects where breakthrough research is expected.

Read more about this call or visit the SNSF website



BRIDGE Programme

The BRIDGE programme is a joint programme conducted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Innosuisse – the Swiss Innovation Agency. It offers new funding opportunities at the intersection of basic research and science-based innovation, thereby supplementing the funding activities of the two organisations.


BRIDGE Proof Of Concept

Subsidy: 130,000 CHF

Scope: Support young researchers who aim to develop an application or service based on their own research findings. These projects may feature any type of innovation or research field.

Read more about this call or visit the BRIDGE website.


BRIDGE Discovery

Subsidy: 850,000 CHF for single applicant and max 2,550,000 CHF (consortium of 3 partners)

Scope: Aimed at experienced researchers for basic as well as applied research with a strong societal or economic impact, in order to realise the innovation potential of research findings.

Read more about this call or visit the BRIDGE website.



Swiss Foundations

The Swiss Heart Foundation – Research Grant

Deadline: 30 June

Subsidy: CHF 100,000 per year

Project duration: 1 to 2 years

Consortium: Open to researchers based in Switzerland

Scope: The Swiss Heart Foundation supports research on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases by granting financial contributions for research projects conducted in Switzerland. Research proposals can be based on the following areas of interest:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • cardiac arrhythmias
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiac valve pathologies
  • Congenital heart defect

Visit the Swiss Heart Foundation website


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