The Fribourg School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR) is committed to helping businesses innovate and develop new services or products.
- HEIA-FR connects businesses with institutes that can best help them with their innovation projects.
- HEIA-FR offers novel forms of partnership, according to the motto "Let’s work in genuine partnership", in order to boost companies’ potential to innovate.
- HEIA-FR gives businesses the chance to acquire new technologies, different working or management techniques, as well as methods that foster the transfer of technology, with a view to sharpening their competitive edge.
- HEIA-FR provides access to many sources of funding, whether cantonal (Innovation Support Fund of the canton of Fribourg, PST-FR…), national (CTI, SFOE, FOEN) or European (Horizon 2020, Interreg).
- HEIA-FR promotes inter-company research and innovation projects through its INNOSQUARE platform.
- HEIA-FR puts a business in touch with regional and national agencies that support companies which are just starting out or those looking to develop and grow.
- HEIA-FR helps with intellectual property issues – contracts, conventions and agreements – through its technology transfer service.
Ways of working together
Companies can commission the Institute to undertake research and development work tailored exclusively to the needs of the contracting party. The subsequent contract sets out the details of the R&D services to be provided by the Institute in return for payment.
The Institute is commissioned by a third party to provide research and development services which are tailored to the needs of both the contracting party and the Institute. The subsequent contract sets out the details of the R&D services to be provided by the Institute in return for payment.
The professors and scientific staff members of the institute conduct research projects with one or several partners. The partners contribute to the research effort either by providing material support or their time and effort. Collaboration is governed by a contract which specifies collaboration conditions and questions related to intellectual property.
The Institute is commissioned by a third party to provide research services in the form of a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis. As a general rule, the Institute is not paid for this service. The project description, which serves as a contractual agreement, sets out the details of the research services to be provided.
Advantages of a strong network
Researchers at the HEIA-FR work closely with:
- partners from the HES-SO and other Swiss higher-education providers;
- structures that promote business and technological innovation at regional and national levels;
- national thematic networks;
- international networks.