Research and Innovation Support for Geneva-based Companies
Research Services support the cantonal innovation dynamics, promoting public research and innovation programmes, facilitating academia-enterprises collaborations, and providing focused support to SMEs (including start-ups) and industry, in particular on European funding and partnering opportunities as supported by Euresearch. This is performed in close collaboration with cantonal, regional and national organisations supporting innovation.
European Framework Programme for Innovation and Research (Horizon 2020)
Thanks to bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the European Union, Swiss organisations can benefit of EU major initiatives in Research and Innovation that invest in European industry for a modern, clean and fair economy. In particular, Switzerland participates as an associated state to Horizon 2020, giving to Swiss researchers and enterprises the same rights as their European partners.
The strategic innovation approach aims to empower citizens, revitalise regions and have the best technologies for the smart, clean and innovative industry of the future. The final aim is to effectively convert research into improved quality of life, goods, services, or processes for the market.
The European Commission considers SMEs as key to ensuring economic growth, innovation, job creation, and social integration in the EU. To develop the full innovation capacity of SMEs, the EC funds their participation in research, development and innovation projects, promotes the creation of a favourable ecosystem for SME innovation and growth and facilitates access to financial instruments.
The main European R&I solutions for companies are summarised on the following Euresearch homepage:
The following quick links allow for direct access on some specifically relevant information:
- Horizon 2020
- including the programmes of the European Innovation Council pilot
- the Joint Technology Initiatives
- Eureka initiatives
- Assisted and Active Living – AAL
- Competitive calls and calls for third parties
- And other European Programmes
Swiss companies can also benefit of the following free services
- Partnering services
- Enterprise Europe Network
- European IPR Helpdesk
- Practical guide to doing business in Europe
- Business acceleration services for companies funded by the European Innovation Council
Swiss national programmes for research and innovation
National financial support for enterprise-orientated innovation based on science is mainly provided by INNOSUISSE programmes (start-up coaching/training/mentoring, innovation check, digitalization of production technologies, etc.).
Contact at UNIGE : UNITEC – TT office
Some useful information on national opportunities for start-ups is also available on the following web site:
Awards and programmes for start-ups
Cantonal and national organization supporting innovation and research
A great number of cantonal, regional and national organisations provide complementary advice and support throughout the challenging pathway from research to the market.
The missions and activities of key organizations are summarised in the brochure hereafter:
Brochure « Comment être soutenu pour mes projets de recherche et d’innovation »