Frequently asked questions


Can I apply for a project if my temporary employment at my university ends before the project is completed?

Yes, but the project application must be accompanied by a confirmation from the supervisor stating that the project funds will be used for the continuation of the employment relationship and that the employment will be extended accordingly until the end of the project. The project will remain at the university in any case, even if the project leader were to leave the institution. DIZH must be consulted in this regard.


Can I submit my project for the DIZH Project Call to another funding institution at the same time, for example Innosuisse?

Yes, but you must disclose this in the application and also declare whether the projects are identical or complementary. In the case of a double funding commitment of identical projects, DIZH must be consulted.

In the case of complementary projects, a statement must be made whether the DIZH project can be carried out in any case, even if the other funding institution does not fund the project.

See also the corresponding fields in the input portal.

In my field, peer-reviewed publications are not common, but a corresponding mention is required in the CV. What do I mention there?

Consult the contact point at your university and name the publications that are relevant for you.

Who needs to submit a CV as part of the application process?

At a minimum, all applicants and co-applicants must submit the CV (see the corresponding template), but not the practice partners.

Project / Practice Partner

What exactly are applicants?

The applicant is a person from a DIZH university. Only such a person can submit an application. There are main applicants (contact person for the DIZH), as well as co-applicants. The affiliation of the applicant plays a role in particular with regard to the criterion “multilateral collaboration”.

What exactly is a practice partner?

The practice partner is a legal or natural person from a non-academic institution who is involved in the project and plays a defined role there. It cannot receive DIZH funds. It can also be located outside the Canton of Zurich. The practice partner plays a role in particular with regard to the criteria “multilateral collaboration” and “impact”, whereby the latter must first be achieved in the Canton of Zurich.

Can other project partners be involved?

Yes. Additional project partners are persons or organizations that are involved in the project but are neither applicants nor practice partners. De facto, these are primarily academic institutions that are not part of a DIZH university and thus cannot receive DIZH funding. They may also be located outside the Canton of Zurich and play a role in particular with regard to the criterion “multilateral collaboration”. The type of collaboration with project partners must be clearly stated in the project description.

The applicants or project partners are from another faculty/department/institute of my own university. Does this meet the conditions for a multilateral project?

Yes. Collaboration with another DIZH university is desirable, but not mandatory, provided that the synergies of the project partners are plausibly demonstrated.

What must a letter of intent contain? Is there a template for this?

The letter of intent should basically show how the project will have an effect in practice. The practice partner describes this in an LoI. It confirms its concrete commitment and names the person responsible for the project. Specifically, the LoI should have the following features and content:

  • Letter layout and sender is the practice partner
  • Short portrait of the partner, where the relevance regarding the project is also explained
  • Confirmation that the partner is committed to the project, including details of the specific collaboration (in which parts of the project, what work, etc.)
  • Mention of co-financing, if any
  • Mention of further work of the partner (e.g. communication of the project)
  • Name of the person responsible for the project on the part of the partner, including address, phone number, e-mail address
  • Signatures of the responsible person as well as a second person (e.g. business / location / department management)

A non-binding template can be requested from the Program Office.

Does my project necessarily have to have a practice partner?

No. It may be shown “in justified exceptional cases, by setting out a strategy in the application text, how the project will achieve an impact in practice.” (see Call).

The option to upload this document can be found in the submission portal.


Which applicants must provide counterpart funding within an application? Only lead applicants? Or all co-applicants?

Each applicant from a DIZH university must show counterpart funding to the extent of the DIZH funds requested. A breakdown of the funds is mandatory (see the budget template and the explanations below).

What are my counterpart funding options at my university?

Can third-party funds acquired as part of a previous project be credited as counter-financing?

In principle, yes. The decisive factors here are §17.3.c. of the regulations for the innovation program and Chap. 5.4. of the concept for the innovation program, according to which the “acquisition of new third-party funds” is one of the possibilities for own contributions. These can also be “upstream in time” (e.g. in the context of preliminary projects). The content-related and temporal reference must be clearly demonstrated in each case. The correctness of the crediting is checked on a case-by-case basis.

Is there a minimum or maximum amount of funding that a practice partner can contribute?

The (optional and creditable) co-financing by the practice partner is not bound to a maximum amount, but a minimum amount may be specified by the individual universities. In any case, it must be in cash form (see next question) in order to be eligible.

What types of practice partner co-funding are possible (cash, in-kind)?

The monetization of services provided by the practice partners for the benefit of the projects can currently only be made via cash contributions to the universities, which the universities can then contribute to the matching process as third-party funds. The crediting of in-kind services of practice partners (working time and/or material services) is currently not possible.

Can practice partners and external service providers be financed with DIZH funds?

No. The special DIZH funds can only be used for members of the universities. Whether the counterpart funding can be used for this purpose is the responsibility of the universities.

As an applicant to a university, can I list a company as a practice partner that I will establish myself for this purpose? (Applicant = practice partner)

No. You can only be involved in the project on one side – either from the university or from the practice partner.

What happens if a practice partner provides most or all of the co-funding?

In this case, the third-party funds of the practice partner are distributed proportionally to the participating universities.

Can a DIZH university provide matching funds for DIZH amounts received by another DIZH university?

No, this “solidarity-based” counter-financing is not possible (see first question under “Funding”).

May I use the counterpart funding for more than one DIZH project?

No, the counterpart funding is project-based and can only be used once.

General information about the calls in the innovation program

When will the next calls be launched and what features will they have?

The launch of a “structure call” is planned for spring 2021. The planning of the other calls is currently in progress. Details on the different types of calls can be found in the concept for the innovation program (chap. 3).


Office Innovation program DIZH

Manuel Bamert, Julian Keuzenkamp

Contact points at the universities