The Swiss innovation agency Innosuisse has financially supported 15 projects as part of its flagship initiative. The aim is to promote innovations that are central to the current economic and social challenges in Switzerland.
The total funding budget for the three to five-year projects is 57.7 million francs (63 million US dollars), Innosuisse said in a statement on Friday.
With the initiative, Innosuisse wants to support projects which, thanks to their “systemic and transdisciplinary approach, enable innovations in topics that are of great importance for the Swiss economy and society”.
Each flagship consortium consists of at least three research partners and at least two implementation partners such as SMEs, large companies or other innovative organizations. The consortia will start work at the end of this year.
The 15 flagships of the first call for proposals are divided into two thematic areas: “Managing the acceleration of the digital transformation induced by Covid-19” and “Improving resilience and sustainability and reducing the vulnerability of society, infrastructure and processes”.
In one of the approved flagships, for example, seven Swiss research institutes and over 20 implementation partners such as companies and non-profit organizations from the fields of transport, mobility and energy are working on a circular economy solution for lithium batteries for vehicles in Switzerland. On the other hand, surgical training in hospitals will continue to develop in a data-driven manner.
Further calls for proposals are planned under the flagship initiative.Keystone SDA / ts