Open call for proposals deadlines
April 28th and September 15th, 2022
Innovation Booster Robotics
Call for Proposals
The Innovation Booster programme intends to foster risk-taking and testing of radical ideas. Proposals with higher potential for radical vs. incremental innovation will receive higher marks.
Definition of radical innovation idea:
Radical innovation aims at a revolutionary character of innovation and can include new products, services or processes with new characteristics or forms, so that industries or markets are developed or changed, but not destroyed. In contrast, an incremental innovation idea is an evolutionary development of something that already exists. Some examples: the fridge allows us to preserve food for more than one day; the moving assembly line allowed Henry Ford to produce a car in 90 minutes instead of 12 hours; smartphones melt internet, telephone and TV into one device; and streaming on demand services bring the cinema into the living room. All examples have revolutionised the market and changed everyday life.
Open to any stakeholders in the Swiss robotics ecosystem (teams must be composed of at minimum two partners from two different entities in Switzerland). Innovation teams must consist of at least one research partner and one implementation partner.
Research partners can include university research institutes, non-commercial research centres outside the university sector, departmental research institutions with their own research projects and federal research institutes.
Implementation partners are those actors who implement the innovation ideas, thus creating economic added value. These can be incorporated start-ups, SMEs or larger companies that offer products or services or implement processes. However, they can also be non-profit organisations such as municipal administrations that can generate societal benefits and reduce public costs through the implementation of innovation.
For feasibility studies and proof of concept. Idea financing includes all expenditure that is used to examine aspects of a viable innovation, such as customer needs, feasibility and cost-effectiveness.
These include costs for testing hypotheses, creating prototypes, market studies or the methodical support of idea testing by external coaches.
Amount: 25,000 CHF
The first call for proposals was open until April 28th
and focused on key areas.
The second call for proposals was open until September 15th and focused on key areas:
Mobile Robots and Manipulators
Medical and Biomedical Robots
Applications addressing (1) Drones robotics and Construction robotics are particularly welcome for this call.
We will announce the winners on November 8th, 2022.
The next call will be open until April 28th, 2023.