Call for Projects

The fifth call for projects is open!

Description of the call for projects

In the framework of the Innovation Booster Technology & Special Needs, the FRH awards cheques for innovation projects in the field of disability. These cheques amount to :

Whatever your profile or field of activity, do not hesitate to submit your ideas!

During the needs assessment phase, participants identify their needs. We offer workshops for this purpose.

We follow the priority lines of the Federal Office for Equality for People with Disabilities for 2022. The main themes of this fourth call for projects therefore concern :

  • equality at work
  • autonomous living
  • digital accessibility.

The identified needs are used in the ideation phase: participants look for innovative ideas to meet these needs.

During the call for projects, participants and any other teams who wish to do so, submit their project idea.

You too can fill in the corresponding form to submit your idea.

The jury of the Innovation Booster Technology and Special Needs will award cheques to the most relevant projects.

Conduct of the call for projects

Launch of the call 

February 15th 2023

Training day

March 11th 2023

Deadline for submission of applications

April 16th 2023

Selection of teams by the jury

May 19th 2023

Official announcement of results

May 24th 2023

Conduct of feasibility studies, exploratory research and prototypes

May 24th to October 31st 2023

Presentation of the projects results and submission of the final report

October 31st 2023


We strongly recommend that all teams wishing to submit a project attend the training day on March 11th 2023.

The programme and the registration form are available here.

Team constitution

For the composition of the teams the following elements are taken into consideration when evaluating the proposals:

  • Minimum 4 people
  • The participation of at least one person with a disability or illness related to your subject is mandatory.
  • Multidisciplinarity (technical, social, health, economic, etc.) and diversity (gender, age, education) of the team are mandatory.

Please note:

  • A parent or other person may accompany a person with a disability, if necessary. The latter will then be an integral part of the team members
  • If your idea indirectly concerns people with a disability, i.e. the final user will be for example a caregiver and not a person with a disability, then it is possible to deviate from the rule. You must justify your decision.
  • Students from Universities of applied sciences, Universities and Federal Institutes of Technology may not represent an academic partner.


1) The person or institution responsible for the project must reside in Switzerland.
2) No appeal may be lodged.

Feasibility study

The feasibility study enables the team to draw up an initial assessment of the situation in relation to the topic being researched. It allows the team to identify the context, potential partners and the social, economic and technical issues related to the topic. Following the feasibility study, the team may choose to go into greater depth on the subject by submitting an exploratory study. They can also submit a prototype idea directly.

Please return the completed and signed form to by April 16th, 2023.

Exploratory research

The exploratory research defines a problem and a research question. It is positioned in relation to the scientific and technical literature and is based on an in-depth methodology. Following an exploratory research, the team can submit a prototype project.

Please return the completed and signed form to by April 16th, 2023.


The prototype can be of several types: object, software (digital), service (process) or other. It is positioned in relation to existing products or services by proposing a real innovation.

Please return the completed and signed form to by April 16th, 2023.

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