Public funding

With more than two decades of experience in the European and international innovation marketspace, we have an excellent understanding of the funding ecosystem. We help you refine your ideas, elaborate on the core concepts, develop your project’s strengths, identify the most suitable funding opportunities for your project, and support you in the funding process from proposal to implementation.

With more than 100 bn EUR available in Europe in the coming years, public funding offers a solid alternative to seeking VC or investor support for innovative ideas.

Our areas of expertise:

  • ICT Research & Innovation including 5G, cloud computing software, defined networking, and network function virtualization
  • Internet of things, smart cities, homes, and transportation
  • Environment & climate action including green energy and green ICT
    Researchers program development, including research infrastructures, international cooperation, and partnerships with industry and member states
  • eHealth
  • Telecommunications including optical networks, satellite networks and their convergence with terrestrial networks, and network deployment, operation and management
  • Key Enabling Technologies
  • Security, privacy, identity, safety and trust
  • SMEs: incubation, support, and development
  • Big Data
  • Socially-conscious innovation and ICT

Key funding programs

Below are the largest public funding programs we work with, but this list is not exhaustive. If you are looking for funding for a very specific innovation or even if you think that your innovation project may not be suitable to any of the programmes listed below, you should contact us as we maintain relationships with an extensive range of local and highly specialised funding programmes!


Horizon 2020 is the largest EU framework programme ever funding research, technological development, and innovation. Almost €80 billion of funding is available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private and national public investment that this money attracts.

Read more about Martel’s strong H2020 expertise and service offering here

LIFE funding programme

With the European Union supports business and government projects related to climate change, resource efficiency, conservation and biodiversity. This is a very broad area, which is what makes LIFE so interesting, especially since collaborations between SMEs and local or regional governments – where many potential LIFE projects are conceived – is particularly encouraged.

Visit the LIFE funding programme website

COST Grant for connecting EU researchers

COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) provides funding on a European level and is meant to promote European scientific cooperation and coordination. With this grant the EU aims to accelerate the development of scientific research. Through better coordination and cooperation, fragmentation of European scientific research is prevented and duplication is avoided.

Visit the COST website here

EUREKA program

Created as an intergovernmental initiative in 1985, EUREKA aims at enhancing European competitiveness through its support to pan-European projects to develop innovative products, processes and services.

Visit the EUREKA program here


Celtic-Plus strengthens the competitiveness of the European industry by fostering European R&D cooperation in telecommunications, and the well-being of the society by stimulating innovative information and telecommunication services. Celtic-Plus focuses on telecommunication and ICT connecting people and businesses in a secure way.

Visit the CELTIC PLUS website here


EIT Digital is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation. It delivers digital innovations to the market and breeds entrepreneurial talent by mobilising a pan-European ecosystem of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes.

Visit the EIT DIGITAL website here


The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) supports basic science in all academic disciplines, from history to medicine and the engineering sciences. The SNSF is Switzerland’s foremost research funding organisation and supports approximately 8,500 researchers every year.

Visit the SNSF website here


The Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI is the Swiss federal innovation promotion agency responsible for encouraging science-based innovation in Switzerland by providing financing, professional advice and networks to support innovation projects which, due to lack of funding, would not otherwise be possible, or whose market potential could not be realised.

Visit the CTI website here