Date20 Jun 2021
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has mandated the University of St. Gallen as Leading House for the Latin American Region to develop scientific relations and bilateral collaboration with partner institutions in Latin America. The Academia Industry Training (AIT) is an initiative by the Leading House and Swissnex in Brazil.
AIT aims to transform high-level applied research into market applications. Entry is awarded on a competitive basis to select projects with entrepreneurial potential and to help participants advance business plans, establish further contacts with industry, and clarify intellectual property issues. AIT will provide the opportunity to network at an international level, foster new partnerships and collaborations, and have access to emerging markets.
AIT – whose goal is to connect Swiss researcher-entrepreneurs with their Brazilian peers – consists of two phases: a training camp in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo predominantly organized by Swissnex in Brazil, and a second training camp in Switzerland headed by the Leading House. In the 8th cycle of the AIT, from June 2021 to May 2022, 10 Swiss startups will be chosen and the Innovation Grant of CHF 10,000 will be awarded to the most promising Swiss research breakthrough project on the last day of the Swiss Camp in April 2022.
Camps will be held online if Covid-19 restricts international travel. A trip to Brazil will follow once the pandemic conditions allow it.
Eligibility: Master or PhD students, PostDocs, and researchers from Swiss universities, Universities of Applied Science, and research institutes as well as centers of technological excellence with research track-record working on a non-profit basis.
Funding: An Innovation grant of CHF 10, 000 will be awarded to the most promising breakthrough swiss projects. The entire event will be free of charge for the 10 selected participants, including food, travel, and accommodation expenses in Brazil and Switzerland.
Application process Please refer to the Call Document.