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), or a software disclosed to the 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.
FROM LAB TO LICENSE
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 your laboratory head.
Regarding interns, the program is open to all Masters students or recent graduates from any discipline, for example economics, design, marketing and engineering.
The maximum duration of each internship is 6 months. Master or semester laboratory projects cannot be compensated by the program. On the other hand, graduates wishing to acquire a first professional experience in order to prepare for entry into the labor market will be hired under the conditions described in paragraph 2.1.5 of the regulation of temporary non-academic staff / professional internships.
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 apply now.
STORIES FROM OUR INNOVATORS
ENABLE GRANT LIST
|Canopy – A Shading Pavilion||Computer and communication; |
|Medical Gloves||Medical devices||STI-ESL||Dennis Majoe|
|Partial Discharge (PD) localization using time reversal: experimental validation||Electrical engineering||STI-FR||Farhad Rachidi|
|Peptide-based inhibitor of Factor XI||Chemistry & nanotechnology; |
|MIMO-friendly insulating glazing||Materials and industrial processes;|
Computer and communication
|NanoDecoder||Life Sciences; Electrical engineering||SV-UPDALPE||Chan Cao|
|Miniaturized Microwave Waveguide Devices||Electrical engineering;|
Computer and communication
|Development of cathepsin small molecule inhibitors for cancer treatment||Life Sciences||SV-UPORICCHIO||Elisa Oricchio|
|Reliable purification of extracellular vesicles with a microfluidic device||Microsystems and sensors;|
Electronics and microelectronics
|Optimized shoveling tool (ice cream scoop)||Mechanical devices and engineering||ENAC-LSMS||Jean-François Molinari|
Mechanical devices and engineering
MEET OUR TEAM
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.