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Call for structure proposals​

With the Structure Calls the DIZH innovation program support the establishment of long-term innovation structures over a period of up to 5 years with the aim of creating organizational forms that outlast the DIZH.

These structures are intended to be innovative, flexible, and future-oriented formats that can respond to change and foster collaboration between universities and societal actors.

A total of three structure calls are planned, with this being the second and the third expected to be announced in 2026. Four structures were funded in the first call.

For this second call, a funding volume of approximately 6 million CHF is planned. Each structure can be funded with 500,000 CHF to 2 million CHF (or with max. 250,000 CHF to 1 million CHF for the first sub-period, which ends after 2.5 years at the latest) by the DIZH special credit. According to the general conditions for DIZH support, each proposal must have at least an equal contribution from the institutions of the proposal team and/or practice partners. 

The structures are accompanied by the innovation panel, with a status assessment about one year after the start of the project and an interim evaluation after about two years to decide on further funding.

Application forms​

The template for applications and budget will be published here in November.


The link to the input portal will be published here in November.

Only applications submitted via the portal will be considered.

The portal does not allow caching and/or post-processing. We recommend that you have all information ready in advance.

It is mandatory that the following documents be uploaded to the portal as individual PDFs:

  • CVs and publications of all applications
  • Application template incl. project plan
  • Budget template incl. guidelines
  • Confirmation of the university(ies) for the provision of the required matching funds
  • Letter(s) of Intent of the practice partners 


12 Dezember 2023

13:00; ZHdK-internal information event, NEAR Shift, 5.T06 (registration until 11.12.23, 12:00 p.m.)

4 April 2024

Deadline for submissions ends at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

September 2024

Funding decisions


Program Office Innovationsprogramm DIZH
Dr. Helge Johannssen,
Gabriele Biller, Manuel Bamert:

For inquiries regarding matching funds and other questions regarding financing and the call, please contact: