Call for projects

The fourth call for projects will open soon. Find the important dates below.

Description of the call for projects

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

  • 5’000 chf for feasibility studies
  • 10’000 chf for exploratory research
  • 10’000 chf for prototypes.

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

We are following the priority line of the Federal Office for Equality for People with Disabilities (BFEH) for 2022. The main themes of this third call for projects therefore concern

  • equality at work
  • autonomy
  • digital accessibility.

During the needs identification phase, participants identify their needs. We propose workshops for this purpose.

The identified needs are used in the ideation phase: the 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, to carry out either

If you have a project idea, please 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 

September 1st 2022

Training day

Septembre 24th 2022

Deadline for submission of applications

October 31st 2022

Selection of teams by the jury

November 22nd 2022 

Conduct of feasibility studies, exploratory research and prototypes

November 22nd 2022 to March 31st 2023

Presentation of the projects results and submission of the final report

March 31st 2023

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Trainingday

We strongly recommend that all teams wishing to submit a project attend the training day on September 24th 2022.

Programme will be available soon.

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.

Regulations

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.

The submission form will be available soon. 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 submission form will be available soon. Thank you for your understanding.

Prototype

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 submission form will be available soon. Thank you for your understanding.

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