SWEET (SWiss Energy research for the Energy Transition) is a new funding program of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. The purpose of SWEET is to accelerate innovations that are crucial to implement Switzerland’s Energy Strategy 2050 and achieve the country’s climate policy goals.
SWEET spans the innovation cycle from application-oriented basic research to preparations for deployment. Complementary to other funding instruments, SWEET targets consortia that work together over several years to pursue portfolios of interrelated, transdisciplinary projects. Collaborations of research institutions with the private sector and the public sector are particularly encouraged.
SWEET consortia and projects will be selected in a series of competitive calls for proposals.
SOUR (SWEET Outside-the-box Rethinking) is a complementary programme within the framework of SWEET to specifically promote the exploration of unconventional and alternative approaches for Switzerland’s energy future, and to identify potential game changers. SOUR offers an opportunity to develop and test new and unconventional scientific approaches, methods, theories and ideas on their own responsibility and independently of SWEET consortia.
Risk-taking and radical approaches are explicitly encouraged; promising and original ideas, which are based on little or no existing data, can be rapidly funded.
SOUR projects are expected to deliver thought-provoking impulses for the research community and to stimulate new, promising projects. SOUR projects are small, agile and of short duration (6-18 months), carried out by a single researcher or a small team.