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This call for projects aims to stimulate collaborative innovation to propose solutions for improving the digital security of small entities, such as SMEs and municipal administrations, from risk assessment to intrusion analysis. It is carried out in collaboration with the Forensic Department of the Vaud Police.

We encourage academics, innovation stakeholders, and cybersecurity experts to join forces to address the scale of developments underway and contribute to the essential protection of small organizations against the increasing threats of cybercrime.

The objective of this call is to contribute to the development of technology building blocks and the creation of breakthrough methods and tools for security assessment, prevention, detection, and analysis of vulnerabilities and intrusions in systems and computer networks specific to small organizations.

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  1. Call

    Learn about the topic, its specific challenges and current issues.

  2. Kick-Off Workshop

    Gain insights and deepen your knowledge in a session led by a key opinion leader.
    Meet other players inspired by the call for projects.

  3. Pitch & Connect Workshop

    Present your challenges and/or innovative ideas.
    Identify potential partners for your project and/or offer your skills to support other projects.

  4. Selection Committee

    With your partners, try to convince our jury and get funding.


Check your project fit

Grant amount

max. CHF 100,000 per project

Financing rate

max. 90% of eligible costs

Project duration

6 to 12 months (with flexibility)

Eligible costs

[ Human resources, materials and supplies costs of each academic and implementation partner

[ External legal and communication costs (up to a maximum of 10% of total eligible costs)


[ Project led by a university staff member (EPFL, HEIG-VD, UNIL)

[ Collaboration between (at least) 2 universities and 1 implementation partner located in the canton of Vaud

[ Direct outputs/benefits to local economy and society

[ Valuable and (at least partially) disclosable results

Activate your Boosters $$$

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Idea Booster CHF 2,500

Do you have an idea in mind?
Apply for a lump-sum grant of CHF 2,500 to help you formalize and present your idea.
Your idea will benefit from visibility and will be evaluated at the Pitch & Connect Workshop.


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Setup Booster CHF 5,000

Your idea is approved?
Get an extra CHF 5,000 to hire your partners and set up the project.
Your efforts will be rewarded, whatever the outcome.


Contact us as soon as possible to get your Booster!

Follow our timetable

  • 31.01.2024 - Opening of the call for projects
  • 05.03.2024 - Kick off Workshop
  • 18.03.2024 - Deadline to apply for an Idea Booster
  • 02.04.2024 – Deadline for submission of ideas (1 pager + pitch video 2-3mn)
  • 12.04.2024 – Allocation of Setup Boosters
  • 31.05.2024 - Deadline for project submission
  • 14.06.2024 - Selection of projects and allocation of financial support
  • 31.09.2024 - Deadline for starting projects
  • 31.09.2025 - Closing date for projects
  • 10-11.2025 (to be confirmed) - Project showcase event
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