Call for projects

Are you developing a promising technology in the field of applied neuroscience or neurotechnology? Do you intend  to bring it to the market? This joint EPFL-Wyss Center call for projects might be for you.

EPFL & the Wyss Center have joined forces to invest in the neuro technologies of tomorrow, and accelerate the journey from bench to market. The partnership will provide funds to selected projects for up to 100’000 CHF per project, as well as access to the combined network and resources at both institutions. The total amount allocated for this initiative is 300’000 CHF.

The grant offers the opportunity to entrepreneurs to accelerate the development of their venture by funding the:

  • product design, prototype development and/or minimum viable product (MVP) design and development of their future product or products
  • design and development of compelling digital solutions (user interfaces/software development) for engaging user interactions
  • technology de-risking and benchmarking (for example: further testing of the technology, comparative analyses, preclinical and clinical assessment, etc.)
  • market assessment, startup strategy, business plan (for example : end-user feedback collection and analysis, competition analysis, market segmentation etc.).
  • Note: Funding can be used for requester’s salary, as long as the salary is commensurate with applicant’s level of education
  • Projects should be clearly identified as being in one of the areas below:
    • Area A: Novel technology at the interface of neuroscience and the environment (architecture, design, social environment, home environment, etc.).
    • Area B: Novel technology to access or interact with the brain (hardware and/or software approaches, for example, non-invasive or minimally invasive approaches to ‘reading’ from and/or ‘writing’ to the brain, digital therapeutics, etc.)
  • Projects should have a clear start-up vision.
  • Projects should be led by an entrepreneur with the ability to relocate to an EPFL lab in Lausanne or Geneva for up to one year.
  • Entrepreneur will be employed by EPFL while also strongly collaborating with the Wyss Center
  • Any new intellectual property generated during the project will be filed with EPFL’s Technology Transfer Office, with the intent to commercialize and enable the applicant to pursue his/her start-up vision.
  • Your submission must be pre-approved by your EPFL hosting professor.
  • Technological Innovation / Novelty
  • Market Impact (commercial potential and business model)
  • Entrepreneurial drive, engagement
  • Impact of the grant funding on achieving expected outcome(s) and accelerating the technology commercialization in a meaningful way

Applicants must fill the application form and have it approved by the EPFL professor hosting the project.

Deadline extended to September 15th to submit applications

October 15th , 2020 – Decisions communicated

If you have any question, you can email us at [email protected] 

André Catana & Isabel Casado

EPFL Startup Unit
Vice Presidency for Innovation 
EPFL Innovation Park
Building J
1015 Lausanne
Switzerland


May 2020
The program is co-funded and managed by the EPFL Startup Unit and the Wyss Center.