Skills centers that serve businesses | From research to industrialization: opportunities across the value chain | Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) | EPFL institute of Microengineering (IMT-EPFL) | Haute Ecole Arc | Swiss Foundation for Reserach in Microtechnology (FSRM) | NEODE | Support and research programmes |Alliance (knowledge transfer consortium) | Commission for Technology and Information - CTI | European research fund, Horizon 2020
Skills centers that serve businesses
In the State of Neuchâtel, companies can rely on applied research institutes and leading academic institutions to help support their technology development projects. The concentration of ‘skills hubs’ promotes inter-disciplinary exchanges between research, innovation and industrial application, and thus encourages technology transfer, or ‘TT’. Through these partnerships, entrepreneurs can overcome resourcing issues whether in terms of personnel, finance or skills – as they can call upon local suppliers for developments that may be too complex to produce in-house.
From research to industrialization: opportunities across the value chain
The Service of the Economy of the State of Neuchâtel is here to inform entrepreneurs and put them in touch with key partners who may be able to contribute to the success of their project. Opportunities include a wide range of services available in the region: research mandates, prototyping, low volume production, consulting, availability of infrastructure and resources - scientists, engineers, specialists, coaches, etc.
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Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM)
The core mission of the CSEM is technology transfer (‘TT’) and the Center has a key role to play in innovation. A true platform for technology, CSEM’s competitive advantage lies in its interdisciplinary approach, providing high level scientists and engineers the necessary structures to develop the products of tomorrow.
From rapid prototyping to small series production, via the creation of start-ups and spin-offs, CSEM offers a whole spectrum of services to researchers and industries facing challenges or who are keen to innovate. CSEM is particularly active in the domains of micro- and nanotechnology (MEMS, MOEMS), system and surface engineering and ultra low power electronics.
EPFL Institute of Microengineering (IMT-EPFL)
Located on two sites, in Neuchâtel and Lausanne, EPFL’s Institute of Microtechnology (IMT) hosts 23 laboratories and nearly 400 employees. The world-renowned Institute offers advanced technology, research mandates, academic partnerships and various forms of collaboration with industry. IMT’s main areas of expertise are electronic circuits, electric motors, MEMS for space applications, microsystems, micro-vision and 3D plasma processes for photovoltaics, as well as sensors and actuators in silicon.
On the Neuchâtel campus these skills are primarily developed for applications in the field of green industrialization. The site is home to the renowned PV and Thin Film Electronics laboratory, headed up by Professor Christophe Ballif. The Lausanne site is also home to other areas of specialization, such as biomedical technology.
Haute Ecole Arc
The Haute Ecole-Arc contributes to innovation in the field of economics through its activities in applied research and development (ARD), their overall service offering as well as knowledge and technology transfer (TT). The School’s activities in the field of engineering are grouped around four institutes:
- Institute for Industrial Microengineering (IMI-Arc)
- Institute for Applied Microtechnologies (IMA-ARC)
- Institute for Watchmaking and Design (IHC-Arc)
- Institute for Systems Information and Communication (ISIC-Arc)
Swiss Foundation for Reserach in Microtechnology (FSRM)
With a core mission to promote micro-technology and its applications, FSRM provides services to engineers and research institutes. Through its extensive network of relationships, it plays a leading role in promoting Swiss research. It is home to the Swiss network of micro and nanotechnology – the Swiss MNT Network - and the inter-cantonal promotional platform, Micronarc.
Swiss MNT Network
A true business incubator, the NEODE Science and Technology Park completes the culture of knowledge sharing in the region. The two sites (Neuchâtel and La Chaux-de-Fonds) are specifically geared to start-ups and innovative projects by housing a wide network of specialists that are made available to these types of business.
Support and research programmes
Depending on the project, the Service of the Economy also puts businesses in touch with other organizations that support innovation in a number of different ways, as well as connecting companies with programs such as the Confederation’s CTI scheme (see below), or the European Research Fund, ‘Eurosearch FP7’.
Alliance (knowledge transfer consortium)
Alliance is a knowledge and technology transfer consortium that brings together 6000 researchers in universities and university hospitals with partners in Western Switzerland and Ticino. The organization seeks to support a dynamic collaboration between the domains of research and industry, and to facilitate development through technology transfer.
Commission for Technology and Information - CTI
The federal agency for the promotion of innovation, known as CTI, supports R&D projects that are at the frontier of higher education and industry. Its aim is to enable the industrialization of products arising from research conducted with ‘Grandes Ecoles’ (specialized institutes for higher learning) and non-profit institutions. Priority is given to biotechnology and life sciences, nanotechnology and microsystems engineering, as well as information technology and communication. A CTI project involves direct collaboration between a company and a research team. In general, the CTI finances researchers' salaries, whilst the trading partner supports at least 50% of project costs.
European Research Fund: Horizon 2020
The European Union’s Framework Programme for Research "Horizon 2020" supports research and technological development in Europe that addresses the major societal challenges of tomorrow. Close collaboration between R&D institutes, universities and industries are established at an international level, promoting technology transfer and job creation.
Regarding the participation of Switzerland to the Horizon 2020 programme, you may find information on the following websites