Knowledge and technology transfer

The knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) offered by the ETH Domain is a key component for the success of an innovative Switzerland. The ETH Domain also made a significant contribution to this in the current period thanks to 310 invention disclosure reports and 32 software notifications, as well as 217 patents and 338 licences.

It encourages the formation of spin-offs and promotes their success by supporting them during the foundation phase with various services provided by the institutions. 66 spin-offs were founded in the ETH Domain in 2020.

The institutions also work directly with private enterprise and the public sector. In concrete terms, the institutions of the ETH Domain entered into 610 new cooperation agreements with a volume of more than CHF 50,000 per contract with private enterprise and 262 with the public sector.


  • 310
    Invention disclosures
  • 32
    Software notifications
  • 217
  • 338
  • 66


KTT indicators and counting methods

The patents correspond only to first filing, and the licences also include technology transfer agreements. The invention disclosures and software notifications correspond to the reports and notifications submitted in writing to the Technology Transfer Offices of the institutions of the ETH Domain in the reporting period. They reflect activities in the early phases of the innovation process, thereby supplementing the other KTT indicators. Open source software is not considered.

In order to reflect the cooperation between the institutions and private enterprise and the public sector, only recently concluded cooperation agreements are included. These are only research contracts and scientific services with a volume of at least CHF 50,000 per contract. Cooperation with the private sector is divided into two categories: projects that are directly financed by industry in Switzerland or abroad; and those funded by Innosuisse or the EU Research Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation (EU FPs). Cooperation with the public sector includes contracts with public sector institutions in Switzerland, but not those with national or international research funding organisations and foundations.

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