Launched in 2005 with the support of Lombard Odier, Innogrants financed more than 100 teams et help to create 80+ 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.
Be sure
we will handle your proposal with the highest professionalism and ethics, in particular confidentiality.

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 have a look at the  EPFL Technology Transfer office “start-up” web pages and for any question relative to licensing, don’t hesitate to contact them.

If you think your project deserves support, please contact us.

The selection process is described below.


Mainly financed by EPFL, the Innogrants are (and were) also supported by sponsors.

Have a look at the full list of supported projects

The 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.

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


If you believe your project can be supported with an Innogrant, please contact us.

Start-Up Unit
EPFL Innovation Park
Building J
1015 Lausanne

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