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I like to move it – submit your project idea!

I like to move it is an initiative by the foundations The Ark and CleantechAlps supporting innovation to tackle challenges and promote sustainability in the field of future mobility. Right now, stakeholders in Switzerland can submit project proposals. A jury of experts will choose the winning project and the team is rewarded a cash prize of CHF 10’000. In addition, the team has the option of implementing, testing their project as well as profiting from tailor-made support. Submit your idea by 2 October 2020! | September 21, 2020

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60 days left to enter the Watt d'Or 2021 competition!

The Watt d'Or is awarded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy for excellent energy projects. On 7 January 2021, it will be awarded for the fourteenth time. Researchers, companies or organizations can enter projects that develop energy technologies for the future, bring innovative products onto the market and set new standards for practical solutions that unite energy and environmental awareness with comfort requirements, aesthetics and economic interests. Submission deadline is 17 July 2020, so only 60 days left to submit project! | June 2, 2020

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Start-up competition: Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies 2020

The goal of this incubation program is to support researchers and innovators in their business endeavor. We offer access to CERN's unique technologies, know-how and IP, tailor-made technology and business coaching as well as CHF 50,000 seed money. Is your high-tech company less than two years old, had less than 500k revenue in the last year or has yet to be incorporated and are you willing to relocate the seat of your company to Switzerland Innovation Park Innovaare? Then express your interest by 30 April 2020 and apply for the 2020 Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies. | April 17, 2020

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Enter now for the VCÖ Mobility Award 2020

The VCÖ Mobility Award is Austria’s largest competition for climate-friendly and sustainable passenger and freight transport solutions. With exemplary projects year for year it shows that the mobility transition is possible. In collaboration with the Austrian Ministry for Climate Protection and ÖBB (Austrian Railways), this year’s VCÖ competition is running under the motto “Bring transport back on climate track”. Already finalized, ongoing or planned projects can be submitted until 10 June 2020. | March 26, 2020

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Research funding for safer mobility

The AXA Foundation for Prevention funds research projects from all disciplines that promote safer mobility and contribute to accident prevention in urban areas. Funding is granted in particular for covering personnel costs for two years with a maximum of 200’000 CHF. 30 March is the next submission deadline for detailed project proposals. | March 6, 2020

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KOMO call for innovative projects in sustainable freight logistics

KOMO, the Swiss federal coordination office for sustainable mobility, promotes the development and implementation of new ideas for future mobility solutions and services. It funds and supports innovative projects in the field of sustainable mobility. The thematic focus of the current call for proposals is “sustainable freight logistics”. If you have an idea, submit your proposal by 30 April 2020. | March 4, 2020

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New calls for clean aviation and railway now open

Two Horizon 2020 Joint Undertaking (JU) initiatives, Clean Sky and Shift2Rail, have published the 2020 calls for proposals in the transport areas of clean aviation and railway. Clean Sky JU is the largest European research program developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft. The vision of Shift2Rail is to make railway the most sustainable and cost-efficient transport mode in Europe.  | February 20, 2020

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UN/WFEO - Call for Innovations 2020

Youth Creativity for Sustainable Transport, initiated by United Nations in collaboration with the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), is open until March 1, 2020 and will be presented at the 2nd UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference during May 5-7, 2020 in Beijing, China. The call is open to all young innovators globally, including scientists, engineers, researchers, entrepreneurs, practitioners, students, etc., and seeks scientific, engineering technological management innovations, which are related to the focused topics of the Global Sustainable Transport Conference. | January 21, 2020

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Care to share your passion for science with the public?

Yes! Then FameLab is right for you. It is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world. Participants have just three minutes to win over the judges and crowd with a scientific talk that excels for its content, clarity and charisma. The best participant will get the honor of representing Switzerland at the FameLab International final at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK. Applications are now open for Famelab Switzerland 2020! Deadline for submitting your application is Friday 21 February 2020. | December 11, 2019

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Calls for smart and clean mobility now open

Euresearch is the Swiss guide to the European Research and Innovation Framework Program Horizon 2020. After 7 years, a new program, Horizon Europe, will replace Horizon 2020 starting in 2021. However, there is still a lot of funding to be had in Horizon 2020. Several calls in the domains of urban mobility, shipping, emissions reduction, infrastructure research, traffic management and road safety are now open. All calls follow the two-stage procedure, with the first deadline on 9 January 2020. | October 1, 2019

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Eni Award 2020 call for proposals

The Eni Award annually honors the best research projects in the field of energy and environment and is addressed to scientists and researchers from around the world. Starting from this year, the Eni Award assigns three main international Prizes, two national Prizes reserved for Italian PhD holders and four Prizes dedicated to young African researchers. The deadline for requesting an account and starting the registration process falls on 8 November 2019. All required documents must be submitted by the final deadline of 22 November 2019. | September 23, 2019

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Submit your project proposal to KOMO today!

Do you have an idea about how to develop a sustainable mobility solution or how to implement it? Do you need initial funding for the project to take off or would you like to expand an existing effort? Then submitting a proposal to KOMO, the Swiss federal coordination office for sustainable mobility, may be your chance! KOMO funds and supports innovative projects in the field of sustainable mobility and the current call is open until 31 October. | August 19, 2019

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Traffic4cast Challenge 2019

The Institute of Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence (IARAI) conducts applied and fundamental research in artificial intelligence with an emphasis on geo-spatial data and problems related to traffic and mobility. To promote solutions for sustainable mobility in urban areas, it hosts the TRAFFIC4CAST competition that challenges participants to understand complex traffic systems and predict the future states of such systems. Available data is based on 100 billion probe points covering three entire cities. Submission deadline is 1 October 2019 and winners will be awarded at this year’s NeurIPS conference. | July 09, 2019

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New Clean Sky Call is open!

The Joint Undertaking Clean Sky 2 launched its 10th call for proposals. Clean Sky is the largest European research program developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program, Clean Sky contributes to strengthening European aero-industry collaboration, global leadership and competitiveness. The call features 62 topics with a total budget of almost EUR 70 million. Submit your proposal until 3 September 2019. | June 11, 2019

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Business Concept: get your start-up toolbox!

Do you have a fresh and innovative startup idea? Join this 12-week acceleration program together with 25 other participants and transform your idea into a promising business concept! In this training, you will learn how to turn an idea into a promising startup. You train your entrepreneurial thinking and acting and prepare yourself theoretically as well as practically for the foundation and management of your own company. Perhaps you will also meet your potential co-founders in this course. | June 6, 2019

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The Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies calls for innovative ideas

As of today, out-of-the-box-thinking high-tech companies not yet two years old can submit proposals to the Swiss Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies. Candidates can present their business ideas leveraging accelerator and related technologies or apply to find out if the program can help them solve a technological challenge they are facing. The winner of the program will join a two-year incubation period that includes beneficial access to CERN, tailor-made technology and business coaching and seed money CHF 50,000.   |   May 20, 2019

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VCÖ Mobility Award Steiermark

VCÖ is a public-benefit organization specializing in mobility and transport. The motto of this year’s VCÖ Mobility Award is “advancing the mobility transition”. Companies, cities, schools, universities, organizations and individuals can submit project ideas that deal with making passenger and freight transport more climate-friendly. This year there is a new category for spatial planning to reduce transport demand. Another focus is digitalization and its contribution to combined mobility and car/bike sharing concepts. Submission deadline is 14 June 2019. Apply now!   |   May 6, 2019

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E-Mobility Tech Week India 2019

Swiss startups and researchers in the field of e-mobility are invited to participate in a weeklong program organized by swissnex India. During this week, participants will get insights into India’s thriving electric mobility sector, identify opportunities for collaboration, co-create and accelerate expansion in this emerging market. Startups looking for market validation, entry or technology partnerships as well as researchers wanting to explore new academic collaborations or sponsored projects and programs can apply by 20 March 2019.   |   March 4, 2019

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KOMO call open with focus “sustainable mobility for leisure”

KOMO, the Swiss federal coordination office for sustainable mobility, funds and supports innovative ideas surrounding future mobility forms and services. It is currently accepting project proposals with a focus on sustainability mobility for leisure purposes. Submitted proposals within this topic will be given priority, but other ideas that fulfill the goals of KOMO will also be considered. The upcoming submission deadline is 30 April 2019.   |   February 4, 2019

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FameLab Switzerland

Come and join FameLab 2019, the international competition for science communication, and become the new face of science in Switzerland! Amaze audience and jury with an original 3-minute talk on a scientific topic of your choice. Be scientifically accurate, but understandable and fun! No slide allowed but you can bring on stage props or your best costume! The competition is open to everyone studying or working in STEM subjects (life sciences, technology, engineering, geosciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry and social sciences). Application deadline is 18 February 2019.   |  January 18, 2019

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Interactive tools for energy research funding

The Federal Office for the Environment provides two new interactive tools to search for funding opportunities for energy and environmental research, innovation and education. The Innovation landscape platform gives an overview of the available funding and schemes in Switzerland and Europe. By clicking on a funding instrument, it redirects you to the appropriate website. The Funding by foundations application shows Swiss foundations that support projects in these fields and criteria such as educational levels, innovation phases and recipient can be used to refine searches.   |   October 22, 2018

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New one-stop-shop for wind energy

The Guichet Unique (one-stop-shop) for wind energy is the central point of contact and information platform for all topics surrounding wind energy in Switzerland. It is hosted by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE). Building a wind park must comply with national and public interests like air traffic safety, environmental protection and national security and thus involves consulting diverse stakeholders. The Guichet Unique coordinates this and the permission process necessary for the planning and authorization of wind parks.   |   September 4, 2018

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KOMO call for innovative projects in sustainable mobility

Have you developed an idea for a sustainable mobility solution that can potentially be implemented today? Does the project require initial financial support to take off or do you want to expand a successful ongoing project? Then KOMO (Koordinationsstelle für nachhaltige Mobilität), the Swiss federal coordination office for sustainable mobility, is the point of contact for you. KOMO promotes the development and implementation of new ideas for future mobility schemes and services. Proposals can be submitted twice per year, the next deadline is  31 October 2018.   |   August 16, 2018

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Call 2018 Integrated Regional Energy Systems

The initiative ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems supports the realization of the European Union’s goals of leading in renewable energy production, reducing the dependency on fossil fuels and thus lowering greenhouse gas emissions. It funds efforts that develop solutions and innovative business models for local and regional energy systems based on renewable energy sources, up to and beyond 100% by 2030. The projects must address specific needs and involve stake-holders within a local/regional energy system. Call for proposals is open now and the project outline deadline is 11 September 2018.   |   July 9, 2018

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Venture kick with over 10 years of success

Venture kick is program powered by digitalswitzerland that promotes spin-offs at Swiss universities. Since 2007, it has been helping young companies to speed up their time to the market and bring them together with potential investors and partners. The program consists of three funding phases in which participants pitch their idea, develop their business case and finally kick-start their business. Young entrepreneurs also have a chance to join so called kickers camps, where they receive professional mentoring and get access to a large network.

Photograph: ETH Zurich  |   May 16, 2018

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From research to the market - BRIDGE Proof of Concept call open now

BRIDGE is a joint program funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Innosuisse. With two funding schemes, it supports projects at the interface between basic research and science-based innovation. BRIDGE Proof of Concept helps young scientists who have an idea for transferring their research to marketable products. BRIDGE Discovery supports senior researchers to explore the innovation potential of their scientific results. BRIDGE Proof of Concept is currently accepting proposals until 4 June 2018.   |   April 25, 2018

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ETH spin-off record held for 3rd consecutive year

25 new ETH spin-off companies were founded in 2017, thus keeping the record of the previous two years. From these, eight were supported by the ETH Pioneer Fellowship program and seven were co-founded by female scientists. While the focus of the spin-offs represents the wide research portfolio of ETH Zurich, it is apparent that rising digitalization plays an important role. During the past year, several new companies were started that are active in the field of digital technology and data science.   |   April 12, 2018

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