Range of services

Do you require a practice-oriented and scientifically sound solution that is tailored to your needs? Applied research and development at Bern University of Applied Sciences offers high methodological and professional competencies as well as access to key technologies.

Research and development

Research partnerships

We have many years of experience with practice-oriented approaches to development and solving problems, and we have access to a broad national and international network.

We maintain our cooperations and partnerships on a project-related or long-term basis. In research partnerships we work with you to derive a solution. We also support you in the planning of research projects, in the search for partners and sponsorship organisations (national and international), or in project and quality management.

Your contact person

Are you interested in a research partnership with a research unit or an institute of the BFH? We will be glad to help you:

Digital Construction

In the digitalisation of the construction industry, the focus is on Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Health Care Communication Design

The interdisciplinary working group of the BFH worked out proposals to optimize the waiting room in the university emergency center of the Inselspital.


STRAIN is a sub-project of the BFH in the national project “Strategy to counter the shortage of skilled workers in the healthcare professions”.

Collaborative Robot

Those who want to keep pace with the advances in precision and miniaturisation in the manufacturing process integrate robots into their production processes.

Promotion of research and innovation

We support our researchers and partners from industry in accessing national or international funding programmes such as the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Innosuisse, as well as EU funding programmes such as Horizon Europe.

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) promotes scientific research in all disciplines. As well as providing support for projects, the Foundation promotes the careers of individual research scientists


SNSF projects at the BFH


As the innovation-promoting agency of the federal government, Innosuisse supports application-oriented research partnerships between companies and universities, thereby promoting innovation potential in Switzerland.

Innosuisse Projects at the BFH

be-connected – the new Bernese networking platform for innovation + entrepreneurship

Your company is looking for support, but you can't find it? Those days are over for Bernese entrepreneurs! SMEs, start-ups and founders can now find over 100 support offers from the diverse Bernese innovation ecosystem on be-connected.ch. No matter what stage your company is in, you can find what you are looking for quickly and easily on be-connected.ch.

Euresearch Office BFH

Euresearch is the Swiss information network for European research and innovation programmes (Horizon Europe), and promotes Swiss participation in international research projects and programmes.

Researchers at the BFH as well as companies from the Canton of Bern receive support from Euresearch Office BFH in their search for funding opportunities and research partners, as well as with tendering, application submissions and later with project management.

EU projects of the BFH

Selection of spin-offs of the BFH

Located in the immediate vicinity of the future Campus Biel/Bienne, the planned Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne will operate a platform for application-oriented research and development in industrial technology and will create attractive conditions for research groups and start-ups.



In the Philippines, it is planned to use coconut shells to produce affordable and sustainable building materials.
The market launch of these so-called cocoboards was supported by BRIDGE Proof of Concept, a federal funding programme for young researchers.


Ennos develops solar-powered water pumps for smallholders in developing countries. This spin-off of the Bern University of Applied Sciences is close to achieving profitability.


The idea of developing a purely electric propulsion system for powered aerobatics had been buzzing around in the minds of the founding members of evolaris for some time. The two students from the Bern University of Applied Sciences then succeeded in presenting their idea in the form of a bachelor's thesis.


In May 2015, Simon Zumbrunnen and Philipp Haslebacher, two graduates of the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, founded ReseaTech as a high-tech start-up. The Burgdorf-based start-up company produces measuring instruments for volumes of liquid in the microlitre range, which are required especially by manufacturers in the biotechnology and medical technology sectors.


Researchers at the Bern University of Applied Sciences have developed a tool that significantly improves the analysis of malware and hence the protection against cyber attacks. After successfully setting up the company, they have now brought their innovation to the market.