How to apply
Apply for the Bio & MedTech Entrepreneur Fellowship
Please read the instructions and documents available on this page before you send us your application.
What are the prerequisites to apply?
- You have a clear startup idea in the area of BioTech or MedTech.
- You have a strong motivation to develop a product or novel service based on UZH research and to transfer it to the market.
- You have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, PharmD, DMD or DVM) in life sciences or related fields. Doctoral students who plan to complete their thesis within six months after the application deadline can also apply.
- You submit the project as a single applicant.
- An UZH professor (host professor) is ready to act as a mentor during the fellowship and will provide the necessary lab space and infrastructure to carry out the project.
- Readiness to fully dedicate your time to the funded project and for being employed at UZH for the duration of the fellowship.
How can the funding be used?
The fellowship funds can be used to pay salaries, materials and other project-related expenses. The adequate salary level depends on the education level of the applicant and on other costs expected in the project. Entrepreneur fellows are to be employed as Scientific Assistants (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeitende). Funding obtained or requested from other sources that is related to the project must be declared.
When is the application deadline?
Applications for the Bio & MedTech Entrepreneur Fellowships can be submitted twice a year. The two deadlines for new applications are on April 15th and October 15th.
The current call is closing on 15 April 2023 at 23:59 (CET).
How are the projects selected?
The projects are selected in a two-stage process. After a pre-selection sucessful candiates are invited to an interview with the jury.
The Bio & MedTech Fellowships are awarded based on the following criteria:
- Project is based on excellent scientific work done at the UZH;
- High innovation potential (e.g. unique and defensible technology, existing or envisaged intellectual property protection);
- Compelling market opportunity and business case (while this may not be fully determined at proposal stage, a broad outline has to be presented);
- Feasibility (convincing project plan, resources, competences, team);
- Personal potential of the applicant (motivation, entrepreneurial spirit).
Is a reapplication possible?
Rejected applications may be resubmitted. However, a project and/or applicant may not re-apply for the UZH Entrepreneur Fellowships more than twice. Furthermore, the jury expects to see a substantial progress of the project and/or business case in the reapplication.
Step I: Get your project plan in shape
Step II: Decide for your mentor and host institute
Stage III: Prepare to pitch your project
Stage IV: Record a 3 min video presentation
Step V: Create a profile on the submission platform
Step V: Submit your application
Submit your application
Please register your profile on our online platform to submit your application:
Go to submission platform