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UK-Switzerland CR&D

Fund Name

UK-Switzerland CR&D Round 2

Project Length

18-36 months

Project Value




Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation and Innosuisse, The Swiss Innovation Authority, will invest up to £4 million from Innovate UK and a minimum of 3 million CHF from Innosuisse in innovation projects.

Applicants must collaborate with at least one Swiss implementation partner applying under the equivalent Swiss Innosuisse programme.

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Fund details

Collaborative R&D proposals must demonstrate:

  • a clear game-changing or disruptive innovative idea leading to new products, processes or services
  • a strong and deliverable business proposal within your application that addresses and documents market potential and needs
  • sound, practical financial plans and timelines
  • good value for money and how you intend to deliver significant economic impact, return on investment (ROI) and growth through commercialisation within two to three years of project completion
  • clear potential to significantly benefit the UK economy or national productivity
  • the benefit of participants from the countries working together and how this adds value
  • a clear definition of where intellectual property (IP) can be used and shared between the participants and countries
  • a clear route to market within two to three years of project completion

Research categories

Innovate UK will fund feasibility projects, industrial research projects and experimental development projects. Proposals can come from any area of technology and Innovate UK particularly encourage applications in, but not limited to, the following technologies:

  • life sciences
  • AI
  • semiconductor applications
  • quantum


To be a UK lead, your organisation must:

  • be a UK-registered business of any size
  • be or involve at least one grant claiming UK-registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • collaborate with at least one Swiss implementation partner applying to the Innosuisse programme, which must be a separate legal entity, not linked to the UK partners
  • collaborate with at least one research institute from either the UK or Switzerland

UK project partners must carry out the majority of their project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

Swiss partners will not receive any of this UK competition funding. Swiss partners will be funded by the Innosuisse programme, following a successful parallel application.

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