The Innovation Booster Technology and Special Needs is lead by the FRH

Technology & Special Needs

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People with disabilities should be able to develop their autonomy in order to integrate and actively participate in the different spheres of society – public, professional, private.

Technological innovations developed with and for people with disabilities will enable Switzerland to be more inclusive and to participate in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

In collaboration with the HES-SO Valais-Wallis and the HE-Arc, the FRH has obtained an Innosuisse funding of approximately 2 million Swiss francs for the years 2021 to 2024. This funding aims at supporting and promoting ideas and projects related to disability.

Ongoing call for projects

Opening of the call for projects: 01.09.2021

Deadline for submission of projects: 17.10.2021

Training day : 2.10.2021

Workshop FabLab : 7-8-9.10.2021


Go to the corresponding page below to find the project submission form for a feasibility study, exploratory research or a prototype.

Contact us

Noémie Moulin, Project coordinator

Tel: +41 77 502 52 03

Benjamin Nanchen, Living Lab for Special Needs Manager

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How the NTN Innovation Booster Technology and Special Needs works

Operating process of the Innovation Booster

Each year the Innovation Booster Technology & Special Needs distributes 245’000 frs, as seed money to help new projects get off the ground:

  1. The needs are defined.
  2. Topics for the current year are selected.
  3. Calls for research, feasibility studies and prototypes are organised in order to imagine concrete solutions to the problems identified.
  4. 25 cheques of 5’000 frs for feasibility studies are awarded by the Innovation Booster jury.
  5. 6 cheques of 10’000 frs for research are awarded by the Innovation Booster jury.
  6. 6 cheques of 10’000 frs for prototypes are awarded by the Innovation Booster jury.

For the implementation of the projects, various other funding can then be used (Innosuisse innovation cheque, Innosuisse project, etc). The Living Lab for Special Needs can support the teams in this step.

Our partners

Organisations of and for people concerned

logo club fauteuil roulant valais romand
logo forom écoute
logo Forum Handicap Valais Wallis
logo insos
logo kbk kantonale behindertenkonferenz bern
logo MaRaVal maladies rares Valais seltene Krankheiten Wallis
logo Pro Senectute Plus Forts Ensemble

Institutions and social actions

Logo Arkadis begleiten beraten bewegen
logo école de la pomme L'accès aux nouvelles technologies
logo Ekkharthof Leben aus anderer Perspektive
Logo Erwo Plus Bildung für Alle
Logo Fondation Foyers Valais de Cœur
logo Hackahealth Geneva
Logo Mit Mänsch Oberwallis
logo de Ramp To Go


Logo BLS
logo Effectum Medical Your Startup to Market
logo eGov Innovation Center
logo Junior Entreprise Valais Wallis
logo Raising the Floor Because Technology should work for all
logo SaneoPlus
logo Slowlution
logo Vision Positive
logo Web Accessible

Public authorities

logo Canton du Valais Kanton Wallis


logo HES-SO Valais Wallis
Logo von der Hochschule Luzern, soziale Arbeit
logo i Home Lab, Hochschule Luzern
logo Ostschweizer Fachhochschule
logo de la SUPSI University of applied sciences and arts of southern switzerland
logo Université de Genève Faculté de Traduction et d'Interprétation
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