The Swiss Innovation Agency Innosuisse has announced financial support for 15 projects under its flagship initiative. This aims to give a boost to the innovations that are at the heart of Switzerland’s current economic and social challenges.
The total funding budget for three to five year projects is 57.7 million francs ($ 63 million), Innosuisse said in a press release Friday.
With the initiative, Innosuisse aims to promote projects which, thanks to their “systemic and transdisciplinary approach, allow innovation in thematic areas of great importance for the Swiss economy and society”.
Each flagship consortium consists of at least three research partners and at least two implementing partners such as SMEs, large companies or other innovative organizations. The consortia will start their work at the end of this year.
The 15 flagship projects of the first call for proposals are divided into two thematic axes: “Facing the acceleration of the digital transformation induced by Covid-19” and “Improving the resilience and sustainability and reducing the vulnerability of society, infrastructures and processes ”.
In one of the approved flagships, for example, seven Swiss research institutes and more than 20 implementing partners such as companies and non-profit organizations from the transport, mobility and energy sectors will work on a circular economy solution for lithium batteries for vehicles in Switzerland. . In another, surgical training in hospitals will evolve based on the data.
Further calls for proposals are planned under the flagship initiative.Keystone-SDA / ts