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KTI 2016

The Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) supports some 400 projects every year, investing well over 100 million Swiss francs. Its motto “Science to Market” captures its goal of rapidly translating new laboratory discoveries into successful products. The CTI funds a major part of the costs of the Transferkolleg.

SATW Transferkolleg

SATW Transferkolleg

Take your early stage innovation to the next level

The program – funded by SATW and CTI – provides financing and advice for mixed teams from academia and industry in the transfer of ideas into industrial production.


SATW has set up its Transferkolleg to support promising innovative projects at a very early stage with un-bureaucratic access to financing, networking opportunities and coaching. Each call has a thematic focus and seeks to reunite the community in a specific field. During a common workshop, the selected teams get the opportunity to discuss their projects with other workshop participants and coaches and to benefit from exchange of experiences in an atmosphere of cooperation. On request, the CTI will facilitate contact with CTI Start-up and CTI Innovation Mentors for follow-up support.

“SATW Transferkolleg is an excellent networking platform allowing for face-to-face discussions with CTI-experts who know your particular project.”

Target groups
The Transferkolleg targets university researchers and product developers from industry that together try to match an invention with a new business opportunity and need financial, technical or business support to move their project to the next stage.

Project proposal
The short project proposals should outline the basic idea and its possible commercial applications. Projects should be submitted jointly by partners from industry and academia (higher education institution or CTI-recognized research institute). Through the CTI-KTT-Support the project partners may also have access to the services of an Innovation Mentor and of national thematic networks (NTNs).

Funding
The CTI-funding for selected projects is set at a maximum of CHF 16’000 and covers the research expenditures of the academic partner (labour costs). The implementation partner bear at least 50% of the total project costs through in-kind contributions (including salaries, expenses for instruments, material).

Workshop - confidentiality guaranteed
Furthermore, an exclusive one-and-a-half-day workshop is organized to bring together project partners with recognized experts in the field of innovation transfer. The workshop’s non-public setting and the signing of a confidentiality agreement allows for an constructive exchange of knowledge and experience. Workshop topics include analyses of value chains, market entry hurdles, technological challenges, prospects for securing CTI funding, intellectual property rights and much more. Participants are given easy access to experts in technology transfer and the opportunity to develop their network. They benefit from an open and intellectually stimulating workshop atmosphere.

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