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, the technology transfer centers could apply for federal funding under Art. 15 RIPA (Federal Act on the Promotion of Research and Innovation) until 30 June 2019.
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) in the Guideline for the Application Process.
Results of the selection process and funding decision
End of 2018, the AM-TTC Alliance received 12 sketches of planned technology transfer centers. Nine of the center consortia that submitted a sketch proceeded and submitted the requested full proposal documents to the AM-TTC Alliance beginning of April 2019. The board of the AM-TTC Alliance evaluated these nine proposals according to the defined evaluation criteria.
In their board meeting end of May 2019, the board of the AM-TTC Alliance took the following decisions:
By the end of August 2019, three of the four conditionally accepted centers – ANAXAM, HIPC and M2C – re-submitted a modified proposal. In its meeting end of September 2019, the board decided to accept only one of the three centers, the ANAXAM center, and rejected the two other proposals.
As a first step, the board hence granted funds for two centers - the ANAXAM and the Swiss m4m Center - for the pilot phase 2019/2020. Furthermore, the board will recommend the SERI to fund these two centers in the period 2021 to 2024 as research institutions of national importance according to Art. 15 RIPA. You can find further information about the funding decision in this press release.