Research Cooperations

Cooperation is the key to tackling increasingly complex challenges. Thanks to our role as a bridge between research and practice, we very well understand the needs of our partners. Whether they be from science, industry or admin; an SME or an international group: We help our partners to achieve their goals with our customer-oriented approach.
Empa cooperates with the private sector on countless projects in Switzerland and abroad. This collaboration can take on different forms, e.g. research collaborations, commissioned research, joint research with public funding, consulting assignments for Empa researchers and much more.
Together with its longstanding research partners, Empa strives for research and development partnerships that go beyond individual joint projects and pursue medium to long-term goals.
The protection of intellectual property for new findings from our labs is pivotal for Empa. Empa supplies interested industrial partners with patented developments for commercial use.

Here are some facts and figures on our collaborations. More than 100 new cooperative agreements are concluded every year, for instance – and counting.
Empa has been presenting the “Empa Innovation Award” to outstanding innovation and technology transfer projects every two years since 2006.
For decades Empa and its industrial partners have been creating innovative products, technologies and techniques in joint research and development projects.