The UZH Innovation Grants program is an early stage support for research-based innovations at the University of Zurich.
|UZH researchers and early career researchers
|Targeted support in evaluating the market potential of ideas. The insights gained throughout the support period will empower researchers to determine the next steps for their projects with a focus on social and economic relevance.
|A value proposition with market potential. This provides the basis for attracting partners, investors or innovation funding for the implementation of the research-based idea.
|Projects selected for an Innovation Grant will receive CHF 10’000 in funding, coaching and access to the UZH innovation community.
|Application windows open twice a year: March 1 and September 1
|Information on submitting the application
|Advice from our coaches and information event
The funding can be used to build demonstrators, plan and perform interviews (incl. related travel costs), for other market research activities as well as for the development of an implementation strategy.
Possible next steps after the end of the support period are
Successful applicants will be supported by a dedicated entrepreneurship coach. At the end of the project support period, the grant recipients are invited to present their projects at the Innovator Mornings event, a unique possibility to receive feedback from both peers and coaches.
In addition, we currently offer support programs that includes special events, networking opportunities and access to co-working space in the following domains:
Eligible applicants are researchers with an employment at the University of Zurich. This includes, doctoral students, PostDocs and Professors.
Note that the Grants can only support UZH projects and the funds must be transferred to a UZH account.
Check the detailed eligibility criteria here.