The selected projects are located within various colleges within the FHNW. One project from the College of Life Sciences aims to research the effects of a change in diet on diabetes, for example. In the project from the College of Education, a promotional instrument for individualized learning is to be developed. The College of Economics is developing a technical blueprint for value-oriented robot design in its project. The College of Technology hopes to further develop its photoacoustic measurement technology in order to better analyze air composition. An interdisciplinary project between several colleges hopes to test the use of robots in social work.
The FHNW Foundation was established in 2010 and supports innovative projects in the areas of teaching as well as research and development at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. It is sustained by private individuals and companies. Companies such as ABB, Axpo, Roche, and Siemens are among its benefactors. According to information from the foundation itself, it has previously supported 41 projects with around 1.9 million Swiss francs.