The Innogrants

What is an Innogrant?

Launched in 2005 with the support of Lombard Odier, Innogrants financed more than 100 teams et help to create 60+ start-ups. These start-ups subsequently received more than CHF 300M in additional grants and equity. Innogrant are in the form of an EPFL salary.

Apply for an Innogrant

We fund people, and not ideas; we fund entrepreneurs and project owners and less team members.

An innogrant is a maximum of CHF100’000, mostly in the form of an EPFL salary. If you are not an EPFL employee, you will have to find a hosting laboratory. Be aware that we have to follow the rules of EPFL employability – salary grids, 6-year limit for PhDs, …

Your project should be in the very early stage, even if the start-up already exists. Innogrant is usually the first funding of the project.

Applicants should be aware that this support might have an impact on the licensing of intellectual property generated during the project (according to the general rules of EPFL). We encourage you to contact the EPFL Technology Transfer office (TTO) for any question relative to licensing and visit first the TTO web pages relative to start-ups.

Be sure we will handle your proposal with the highest professionalism and ethics, in particular confidentiality.

If you think your project deserves support, please contact us. The selection process is described below.

Download the general presentation of the Innogrants

Innogrants Presentation (click here to download the pdf)

List of supported projects

Mainly financed by EPFL, the Innogrants are or were also supported by the following sponsors

For a link to all Innogrants, click here.

The NCCR spin funds are similar to the EPFL Innogrants.
– >MICS spin fund: since 2008, 16 projects have been supported. For more information, click here
– the Robotic spin fund has more information here.

The innogrant selection process

If you believe your project can be supported with an Innogrant, please contact us. We will answer you as soon as possible and will propose to meet with you. The final decision is taken by the Innogrant committee, which members are listed below. After analyzing your project, we will make a recommendation to the committee, which will decide about you making a presentation during one of its monthly meetings. This presentation will induce the filling of a short Innogrant application that we will send you as well as you sending your presentation a few days before the committee meeting. The committee will decide about the Innogrant based on the quality of your project as well as the Innogrant yearly budget. Be aware that we receive about 80-90 requests per year fot about 10 grants.
Corine Zuber and Hervé Lebret – March 2017

The committee members are:

Name Position
Michel Benard
Oscar Buset Entrepreneur
George Candea Professor IC
Isabel Casado TTO / Enable
André Catana TTO / Enable
Andrea Crottini TTO
Gaétan de Rassenfosse Professor CDM
Alberto Di Consiglio TTO
Henri Dubois-Ferrière Entrepreneur
Ruediger Fahlenbrach Professor CDM
Volker Gass Professor Space Center
Lan Zuo Gillet EPFL Innovation Park
Elena Goun Professor SB
Antoine Guillemin ENAC
Jeffrey Huang Professor ENAC / IC
Jan Kerschgens NCCR Robotics
Mauro Lattuada TTO
Silvestro Micera Professor STI
Christophe Moser Professor STI
Valéry Naula Bobst
Frederic Pont TTO
William-F. Pralong Professor SV
Adam Swetloff TTO
Oleg Yazyev Professor SB