Digital Innovation Grants

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The Digital Innovation Grants are an early-stage funding support for digital innovations. The Grants are open to students, researchers and staff at UZH with innovative ideas and a strong motivation to make an impact.

The purpose of the Digital Innovation Grants is to bring ideas with strong innovation potential off the ground and make such projects fit for further funding and implementation.

What the grants can support

Digital Grants support ideas with a strong innovation potential. It can be used to bring in new competences to the project to validate a product idea, sharpen the plan for implementation and prepare for further funding. Specifically the Grants may fund activities such as market analyses, user testing, impact assesment and the development of prototypes.

The proposed project must be based on a novel idea, be rooted at UZH and clearly benefit from the UZH environment.


The grants amount to CHF 10’000 and are given for a period of max 5 months to UZH projects.


Successful applicants will be supported by a dedicated innovation coach throughout the project period.

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Applications for the Digital Innovation Grants can be submitted twice per year, until June 1st and December 1st. The applicant needs to submit a short project description, a 3 min video pitch and his or her CV.

More information on how to apply for the grants