Call for Projects

The 7th call for projects is now closed. See you this summer for the 8th!

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 2023. The main themes of this sixth 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.

Process of the call for projects

Launch of the call  February 1st 2024
Training day March 9th 2024
Submission deadline March 31st 2024
Teams selection by the jury May 6th 2024
Conduct of feasibility studies, exploratory research and prototypes May 6th to September 15th 2024
Presentation of the projects results and submission of the final report September 15th 2024


We strongly recommend that all teams wishing to submit a project attend the training day on March 9th 2024.

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) For the same idea, only one project proposal (feasibility study or exploratory research or prototype) is authorised per call for projects.
3) No appeal may be lodged.

You can consult the evaluation criteria for each type of project by clicking on the buttons below.

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.

The call for projects is currently closed. Thank you for your understanding.

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.

The call for projects is currently closed. Thank you for your understanding.


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.

The call for projects is currently closed. Thank you for your understanding.

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