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 the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).
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 consists of two phases: a training camp in Switzerland headed by the Leading House, and a second training camp in Mexico predominantly organized by CONACYT. CONACYT serves in cooperation with multiple university, startup, and industry partners as the main organizers for the AIT Mexico Camp. This is the 1st cycle of the AIT, running from June 2021 to December 2021. 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 Mexican Camp in November. Camps will be held online. A trip to Mexico 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 Mexico and Switzerland.
Application process Please refer to the Call Document.