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UZH Innovation Hub

Explore the market potential

The UZH Innovation Grants program is an early stage support for research-based innovations at the University of Zurich.


For UZH researchers and early career researchers
Content 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. 
Output 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.
Scope Projects selected for an Innovation Grant will receive CHF 10’000 in funding, coaching and access to the UZH innovation community.
When Application windows open twice a year: March 1 and September 1
How Information on submitting the application
More Advice from our coaches and information event


What does the Innovation Grant support?

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.

What comes after the Innovation Grant?

Possible next steps after the end of the support period are

  • Bring the innovation to market by founding a UZH Startup
  • Develop the solution and business concept further with a UZH Entrepreneur Fellowship
  • Continue the development of the solution with an implementation partner
  • Close the project or pivot towards another solution if the validation of the initial idea did not show promising results. Note that this outcome is not a failure but a natural event in innovation and the exploration of market opportunities.

Support program

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:

  • Bio & MedTech
  • Digital Innovation
  • Sustainable Society

Who can apply for an Innovation Grant?

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.

Weiterführende Informationen


UZH Innovation Office

Tel: 044 634 48 00