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Kopf und Gehirn - IllustrationThis section contains SFAO audits related to education, research and innovation issues.

Cross-sectional audit Secondary occupations with a focus on conflicts of interest - ETH Board, ETH Zurich, EPFL, PSI, WSL, EMPA, EAWAG

The transfer of knowledge and technology in the domain of the Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH Domain) takes place, among other things, through the secondary occupations of professors and employees, as well as through the foundation of companies by doctoral students, other students and scientific employees (spin-offs). Knowledge and technology transfer is one of the statutory tasks and is also a strategic goal for the ETH Domain set by the Federal Council.

Audit number: 22472

Subsidy audit Audit of innovation and project subsidies for vocational and professional education and training - State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation

For years, the financial resources earmarked by Parliament for innovation and project subsidies for vocational and professional education and training have never been fully utilised. The Financing and Project Support division at the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) is unable to allocate all of the available funds to specific projects. Despite this, funding has increased in recent years, going from CHF 40 million in 2017 to just under CHF 63 million in 2022.

Audit number: 22401

Audit Critical success factors at selected Swiss Innovation Park sites - State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation; Switzerland Innovation Foundation; entities in charge of the sites SIP

The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) conducted an audit of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the Swiss Innovation Park (Switzerland Innovation). The Swiss Innovation Park is a network for industry-oriented and applied research and development, and an ecosystem for networking between universities and innovative companies. With six entities in charge of 15 sites, it is spread over a total of 13 cantons. Its aim is to promote networking and exchange between academia and industry, and to create an innovation-friendly environment. This should generate additional private investment in research and development. The Switzerland Innovation Foundation is the national umbrella organisation and acts as intermediary between the site entities and SERI.

Audit number: 22435