PPP Pilot Programme 2010

Release date: September 10th, 2009
Proposal submission deadline: February 28th, 2010

BACKGROUND Under the bilateral agreements, signed in 2003 and 2006, the Swiss and Indian Governments have committed to develop and promote their cooperation in science and technology (S&T) and create incentives for industry participation in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects.

Within this context, and as a follow-up of the Indo Swiss Joint Research Programme (ISJRP), a new funding mechanism – the Indo Swiss Public-Private Partnership Pilot Programme (Indo Swiss PPP Pilot Programme) – has been created through which academic research organizations or institutions and industry may seek support for joint bilateral market oriented R&D projects.

In Switzerland, the Indo Swiss PPP Pilot Programme is implemented under the leadership of the Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency (CTI) in close collaboration with the Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) who acts on behalf of the Swiss National Steering Committee of ISJRP, and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as the Swiss Leading House for India.

In India, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is the coordinating department for the implementation of this programme. DST will identify and nominate the leading house(s) on the Indian side. Specific contact details for the Swiss and Indian coordinating agencies are provided at the end of this site.

FUNDING PRINCIPLES The Indo Swiss PPP Pilot Programme provides funding to market oriented R&D projects involving academic and industrial partners from Switzerland and India.

Swiss project partners receive funding from Swiss sources and Indian partners from Indian sources. Funding provided to the project partners must be in accordance with the policy, regulations and procedures in effect of the corresponding funding source.

Swiss applicants: For more details on eligible project costs, please refer to CTI Guidelines for Salaries (French version l German version) and ISJRP Guidelines for the Organisation of Visits and Exchanges.

Indian applicants: Indian academic partners get funding from DST as per the existing norms and regulations. DST (Govt. of India) does not provide grants to private industry for R&D projects. Hence, the Indian industry partner has to bring in its own resources for any project related activity under the project.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS The proposal should be innovative and lead to a new solution, service, product or technology with clear commercial potential.

The proposal must include participants from Switzerland and India. Participation from universities, research institutions and companies of countries other than India and Switzerland is not allowed.

All project partners need to sign and submit a “Cooperation Agreement” to their funding agencies on the sharing of revenue generated out of the research results.

An applicant cannot submit more than one project proposal or be a member of more than one project team.

The proposal must include a team composed of either:

 A)   Swiss academic partner, Swiss industry registered in Switzerland, Indian academic partner, Indian industry registered in India
 B)   Swiss academic partner, Swiss industry registered in Switzerland, Indian academic partner, Swiss industry registered in India
 C)   Swiss academic partner, Indian industry registered in Switzerland, Indian academic partner, Indian industry registered in India
 D)   Swiss academic partner, Indian industry registered in Switzerland, Indian academic partner, Swiss industry registered in India
PRIORITY AREAS Proposals are solicited in the following areas:

•   Life Sciences
•   Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)
•   Micro & Nanotechnologies
•   Engineering Sciences
ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED Market oriented joint R&D projects with clearly defined goals involving participants from Switzerland and India.
PROJECT DURATION 12 – 24 months
ELIGIBILITY Swiss academic partner
Researchers employed full-time at one of the following research institutes: Swiss federal institutes of technology, cantonal universities of higher education, federal and cantonal research institutions, Swiss universities of applied sciences.

Swiss industrial partner
Managers representing Swiss or Indian companies operating and headquartered in Switzerland. The solution, service, product or technology developed by the Swiss company in the framework of this project must be produced in Switzerland. Letter-box companies existing only as an address and carrying out business elsewhere than in Switzerland is not eligible.

Indian academic partner
Researchers employed full-time at any of the public funded research laboratory/institutes, universities and other academic institutions involved in research etc.

Indian industrial partner
Managers representing Indian or Swiss companies operating and headquartered in India.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS Proposals must be prepared jointly by the Swiss and Indian applicants and must be submitted in Switzerland by the Swiss applicants and in India by the Indian applicants.

Deadline for submission is February 28th, 2010. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The academic partners from both sides shall be treated as the main project investigators.

Joint application forms can be downloaded either from this site (see red box at the top right) or from the DST website under the “What’s New” column.


Swiss applicants must submit their proposal through the new CTI MERLIN website. Please note that registration is required for full access to this site. If you do not have a user account, please register here. Once registered, you will receive your user ID and password by e-mail within approximately one working day.

IMPORTANT: The Swiss expert panel must be able to examine the Swiss project component separately. Therefore, Swiss applicants must submit two versions of their proposal: a full version, prepared by all project partners and an abbreviated version, which should only describe the activities proposed by the Swiss academic and industrial partners (similarly to regular CTI project proposals).

The abbreviated version, should be completed through the MERLIN web form. Please use the respective text boxes to enter your proposal data and upload additional documents if necessary.

For the full project proposal, please use the joint application form that can be downloaded from this site (see red box at the top right). Fill in the proposal form and upload the completed document via your MERLIN website (Brief summary -> 1.7 Project Plan -> File upload).


Indian applicants send ONE hard copy of the completed joint application form together with an electronic version (either in pdf or Word format) as email attachment to:

  Shri R K Sharma
Scientist-C International Cooperation Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli, Road
New Delhi – 110 016
Email: Sharma_rk@nic.in
EVALUATION AND SELECTION OF PROJECTS Applications will be evaluated independently by CTI in Switzerland and by DST in India.

The successful projects will be jointly selected by CTI and DST based on the criteria specified below:

•   Scientific and technological merit
•   Significance for and potential impact on the competitiveness of the Swiss and Indian economy
•   Specific qualifications of applicants
•   Complementarities of expertise between the applicants and potential for synergy
•   Feasibility of proposed approach
•   Level of commitment from alternate funding source(s) to the proposed activity
•   Degree of addressing the identified priority areas of the program

Based on the comments of their reviewer’s, the two funding agencies will place the applications in either category A (“funding highly recommended”), B (“may be considered for funding”) or C (“funding not recommended”). Only applications that receive an A or B on both sides will be financed.

Swiss applicants will be notified of the outcome of the evaluation by CTI and Indian applicants by DST.

The number of projects that will be selected for funding is limited to ten (10).

REPORTING Swiss and Indian project partners will write, in accordance with the guidelines of their funding agencies, separate intermediate progress reports.

Upon completion of the project, the project partners are required to jointly submit a final report comprising the work of all participants.

CONTACT For further information please contact:



Dr. Barbara Baumann
CM2 203, Station 10
1015 Lausanne
Email: barbara.baumann@epfl.ch

Shri R K Sharma, Scientist-C
International Cooperation Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli, Road
New Delhi – 110 016
Email: Sharma_rk@nic.in
Call release: September 10th,  2009
Deadline for submission: February 28th, 2010
Evaluation results: April 30, 2010
Joint funding decision: May 31st, 2010
Project start date: July 1st, 2010
Project duration: 12 to 24 months