• Switzerland is the global leader in innovation (No 1 in INSEAD Global Innovation Index 2017)
  • Switzerland is one of the most competitive countries in the world
  • SMEs form the backbone of the Swiss economy by employing 66% of the total workforce in Switzerland
  • 53% of the working hours spent on R&D are invested by companies with less than 500 employees.



The Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) is the federal agency responsible for the promotion of science-based innovation. Since 1 January 2018 CTI became part of Innosuisse, The Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency. A different legal framework, but the same core task for what related to applied/innovation oriented research: provide project funding which, as a general rule, is available to all disciplines and assigned to 5 main areas (energy & environment, engineering, ICT, life sciences, social sciences and business management). Approval of an application for project funding hinges mainly on the innovative content and the prospects for effective implementation of the research findings to the benefit of the business sector and society. Project funding is also contingent on the formation of an alliance between a higher education institution or non-commercial research establishment, and one or more private or public sector partners willing to assume responsibility for exploitation (implementation partners). This latter stipulation ensures that Innosuisse projects directly drive KTT. https://www.innosuisse.ch/inno/en/home/start-your-innovation-project/innovationsprojekte.html


Some examples of research institutions:




Switzerland Innovation creates a platform for domestic and international companies of all kinds – a platform allowing companies to further their research activities in partnership with our universities and higher-education institutions. The sharing of ideas between researchers, talented individuals, and innovative entrepreneurs creates breeding grounds for innovation. Switzerland Innovation counts five sites nationwide offering universities and companies the opportunity to network. This exchange between science and the economy allows ideas to be developed further – to produce products and services that can be marketed successfully. At the same time, working together closely in a single space accelerates the development processes for all parties. This leads to successful innovation.



Main focus areas per park

Park Network West EPFL:

    • computer & computational science
    • energy, natural resources and environment
    • health and life science
    • materials and manufacturing
    • mobility and transportation

Park Biel/Bienne:

  • Battery Technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Medtech
  • Smart Factory

Park Basel Area:

  • Health
  • Life Sciences

Park Innovaare:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Life Science

HealthPark Zurich:

  • Life sciences and quality of life
  • Engineering and environment
  • Digital technologies and communication