In spring 2018, the ETH Board granted CHF 10 million to support the AM-TTC initiative and to enable the establishment of first centers already in the first pilot phase in 2019 and 2020. For the following second phase from 2021 to 2024, such technology transfer centers can apply for federal funding under Art. 15 RIPA (Federal Act on the Promotion of Research and Innovation).
On this page and in particular in the Guideline for the Application Process, you will find important information and deadlines for the preparation and submission of applications of centers to become a member of the AM-TTC network and to apply for funds of the ETH Board for the period 2019/2020 (first pilot phase) as well as for federal funding under Art. 15 RIPA for the period 2021 to 2024 (second phase).
The application process and the deadlines follow the necessity to submit the formal funding proposals of the Centers as well as the funding recommendations of the Alliance to the SERI in time, in order to consider them in the Education, Research and Innovation (ERI) message for the second phase and planning period 2021-2024.
The centers must prepare and submit proposal documents. These documents will be a key information for the evaluation of centers according to the evaluation criteria for centers that has been defined by the AM-TTC Alliance and for the decisions about the financial support of the centers.
In the first pilot phase, the AM-TTC Alliance will decide about the funding of first centers. For the second phase, the AM-TTC Alliance will be mandated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) to evaluate the proposal documents of the centers that apply for federal funding under Art. 15 RIPA and to prepare funding recommendations for the SERI.
The centers must submit their applications for federal funding for the second phase from 2021 to 2024 individually and directly to the SERI. According to the rules of Art. 15 RIPA, the application of each center will be evaluated. This evaluation consists of a formal check by SERI and a (simplified) evaluation of the “package” of all center applications together with the funding recommendations of the AM-TTC Alliance by the Swiss Science Council (SSC) on mandate of SERI (in the context of the evaluation of all submitted requests).
The Federal Councilor of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) will finally decide – upon proposal of SERI – about the financial support of a center under Art. 15 RIPA individually and according to the general rules and the process that are defined in the RIPA.