2022 Call for Innovation Partnership Grants

Research Closed Call 31 Jul 2022 Multiple Countries LH Asia
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Closed Call
31 Jul 2022
Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam
LH Asia

‘Innovation Partnership Grants’ support the establishment of cooperation between Switzerland-​based researchers with non-academic innovation agents in East and Southeast Asia.

The goal of the innovation partnership grants is to initiate long-term partnerships with mutually beneficial concrete outcomes. The project proposal must specify the expected outcomes and how they will be achieved. Specifically, innovation partnership grants can support activities such as:

  • Planning a joint R&D project proposal for submission to a national or international innovation-related funding agency (e.g. Innosuisse)
  • Establishing long-term consulting or training partnerships between two institutions (e.g. management training for an Asian innovation agent conducted by a Swiss university of applied sciences)
  • Pilot technology or product development activities (e.g. creation of a prototype integrating Swiss knowledge)
  • Reverse engineering projects (e.g. extraction of knowledge from Asia for educational purposes)


The call is open to all scientific disciplines and fields of research.

Professors, senior scientists and postdoctoral researchers of Swiss federal and cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education, as well as public research institutes, are eligible to apply. The Switzerland-based scientist is the main applicant.

Non-academic innovation agent partners must be senior staff affiliated with a company, start-up, hospital, innovation park or similar agency in one of the partner countries. Universities from the partner country can participate as third parties. 


The maximum amount for an innovation partnership grant is 20’000 CHF. The project duration is up to 12 months. The grant will be disbursed in two instalments: 80% after signing the grant contract and 20% after approval of the final report.

A detailed budget must be provided in the project proposal. Budgeted expenses must be justified and related to the proposed activities. A financial contribution of each partner is expected and must be made explicit in cash and in-kind. Industry partners must cover their own costs. 

Application process:

For details regarding the application process, click here.