Flagship topics of the first call

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The Flagship Initiative aims to foster systemic innovation that helps to master major challenges for economy and society. For its first call, Innosuisse has chosen two topics that take into account of the effects caused in economy and society by the Covid-19-pandemic. Pandemic induced restrictions on physical and social contacts and on international travel are likely to remain in place for a longer period. These restrictions have had and will continue to have a big impact on social interactions, mobility behaviour and any form of cooperation.

The pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated digital transformation. Whole industries and many sectors of the society have to rethink their business models and their ways of action. Innovative digital solutions may in many cases not only offer a suitable answer to societal and business challenges, but they may as well path the way to a more sustainable world and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda.

The Covid-19 pandemic also drastically showed the vulnerability of economy and society, their infrastructures and overall functioning to natural and human made hazards. Innovation can offer once more solutions for a more resilient and sustainable world.

The two flagship topics of the first call therefore are:  

1. Coping with COVID-19 induced acceleration of digital transformation

The proposals within this topic must concentrate on one of the following focus areas:

  1. Education, learning and teaching
  2. Tourism and travel industry
  3. Real estate and urban planning
  4. Healthcare and medical technology
Almost all actors of economy and society are facing the need for significant transformation. Challenges are in particularly manifold in the above focus areas. Changed human needs (for example forms and contents of lifelong learning), changed human behaviour and lifestyle (for example new forms of (international) tourism and business travel) and structural changes in society (for example merging of work and living or new forms of elder care) ask not only for new service offers but also for new production methods for these offers. These challenges affect whole industries. Apart from that, they offer as well incumbents and newcomers, for example also private actors in the educational sector, unprecedented business opportunities in new fields.

This flagship topic aims to create the necessary incentive to bring research and implementation partners together in order to tackle the challenges of accelerated digital transformation holistically.

2. Improving resilience and sustainability and reducing vulnerability of society, infrastructure and processes

The proposals within this topic must concentrate on one of the following focus areas:

  1. Demographic shift
  2. Supply chains
  3. Resilience of ICT infrastructures
  4. Decarbonisation
Technological innovations, globalization of goods, services, information and people have dramatically increased the general prosperity of society as well as its vulnerability. Climate change, natural hazards such as heat waves, human made risks such as cyberattacks, but also demographic shifts (caused by the aging population and by migration) are affecting the well-being of society and the stability of the economy and infrastructure. Solutions need to be found to create a more sustainable and a more resilient world.
This flagship topic encourages and supports innovative flagships, which aim at mitigating and controlling these risks and improving the resilience as well as sustainability of society, infrastructure and processes through highly innovative solutions and new approaches.



Below you find the guidelines with all relevant information regarding the first call of the Flagship Initiative.

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Last modification 12.09.2022

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A webinar on the Flaghip Initiative took place on 26 January 2021. Watch the video in the replay (password: Inno4Suisse) and take a look at the presentation (PDF, 1 MB, 26.01.2021).