enable invests in tomorrow’s technology.
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The main objective of the program is to promote research. It is suited for researchers who have developed a technology that is the subject of a patent application filed or in the process of being filed with the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) and who do not intend to create a startup that exploits this technology.

enable has been designed to support you in the process of promoting your innovations. We provide you with funding and expertise so that your innovations quickly reach a level of maturity that arouses the interest of industrial partners, in Switzerland or abroad. Valorization then involves the granting of a license from EPFL to the industrial partner.

If you are planning to create your startup, contact the Startup Unit team who will support you throughout the startup creation process.



159 projects
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105 internships
3.2 M funding


The enable grant is open to all EPFL researchers to help them move their ideas out of the lab.

enable awards grants to a maximum amount of CHF 30’000 for projects in the early stages of development to support (amongst others) :

  • designing and making of prototypes
  • development of software applications and user interfaces
  • feasibility studies (PoC)
  • performing pre-clinical studies
  • commercial strategy validation
  • showcasing technology
  • hiring of interns

The expected results at the end of the project (deliverables) must be clearly defined. Your approach must be supported and approved by the Professor in your laboratory.

Regarding interns, the program is open to all Masters students or recent graduates from any discipline, for example economics, design, marketing and engineering.

Each internship lasts between three and six months with a salary of CHF 2,500 per month. Master projects or semester projects conducted in the laboratory cannot be offset by the program.

If you have any questions about the enable program, please contact us.

If you are eligible and would like to benefit from the program, then submit your project to us.



Head of program

Passionate about new technologies, Eric has a solid experience as developer in the aeronautics, automotive, biotech and medtech fields.

He has always cultivated a pragmatic approach to develop technological products. He is particularly passionate about the transformation of knowledge and concepts into products and services that meet unmet needs.

He likes to share ideas and is enthusiastic about accompanying all project leaders who wish to valorize their research results.

Administrative program manager

Sarah is enable’s go-to person. She is always eager to help and support innovators and students.

Sarah concentrates on the program financials, hiring and contracting.

Sarah has travelled the world, and worked in international corporations in Switzerland and South America. 


enable program
Technology Transfer Office
EPFL Innovation Park J
CH – 1015 Lausanne

Contact: [email protected]