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We support companies and institutions in their innovation projects. Our employees generate knowledge and solutions for practical applications.

Every year, we launch about 250 new research and development projects with business partners. Successful research in engineering and computer sciences is also shaped by the collaboration with Swiss and international research partners: we nurture strategic partnerships with the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), a large number of institutes of the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and the University of Basel.

In our research and development projects, students can be involved through projects at the bachelor and master level. This form of collaboration let companies establish initial contact with potential future collaborators.

Our research focus


to Automation

Business processes

to Business processes

Computer science

to Computer science

Electrical engineering

to Electrical engineering


to Energy

Environmental engineering

to Environmental engineering

Mechanical engineering

to Mechanical engineering

Micro- and nano-technology

to Micro- and nano-technology


to Optometry

Interdisciplinary centres

We pool the specialist knowledge and research expertise of our employees from several institutes into centres and make this available to our partners:

  • Casting centre
    The FHNW casting centre is the scientific port of call for the casting sector.
  • Industry 4.0
    The FHNW actively supports companies from industry and business in developing and implementing Industry 4.0 concepts or concrete applications.
  • Aerospace
    The FHNW specialises in solar physics and the analysis of big data. Furthermore, we are active in the development of monitoring instruments, components and production processes.
  • Centre for resource efficiency
    We support companies as a competent partner who develops sustainable solutions for the optimisation of production processes and products.


Prof. Rainer Schnaidt Head of Applied Research and Developement
Telephone : +41 56 202 78 81 (direct)
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