ENAC Fribourg Grants

Main mission of the call

The main mission of this call is to foster research collaborations between the EPFL community and non-academic public or private entities located in the canton of Fribourg and to enable problem-driven and interdisciplinary research efforts for a sustainable built environment.

Main requirements

  • The application should involve minimum two EPFL researchers (further called “investigators”) coming from two different EPFL laboratories proposing an interdisciplinary research project;
  • At least one investigator must be employed at a laboratory of the ENAC School;
  • The investigators must hold a PhD degree at the time of submitting the application;
  • The investigators, who are not directing an EPFL laboratory/unit, need a support letter of the head of the laboratory/unit;
  • The investigators should bring different skills to tackle ambitious research problems linked to the Smart Living Lab strategic topics: construction materials and technologies; carbon footprint; building LCA; energy systems; digitalization in architecture, engineering and construction sector; user-building interactions; human well-being in the built environment
  • An expression of interest from minimum one non-academic public or private partner in the Fribourg area needs to be added to the pre-proposal application;
  • The requested grant budget can be max. 250kCHF and only EPFL labs are eligible to receive funding;
  • Matching funds: investigators need to contribute with a min. of 20% of the total funds requested; so if the max. 250kCHF is requested, then the labs have to commit to adding 50kCHF as own contribution, leading to a total project budget of 300kCHF;
  • Co-financing of ongoing EPFL research activities is not allowed;
  • Projects should run for 2 or 3 years.

Interdisciplinary research:

  • uses knowledge and skills from different scientific disciplines to target a specific problem or test a new hypothesis;
  • leads to new, integrated knowledge;
  • combines elements (theories, methods, concepts, etc.) from two or more disciplines in order to achieve the research objectives;
  • attaches a similar degree of importance to all the disciplines involved

Please check the specific eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and templates in the Guide for Applicants (see Applicant toolkit).


Two-stage submission and review process

  • Call opening: 31.10.2023
  • Deadline for submitting Pre-proposal: 09.01.2024 (12:00)
  • Invitation for submitting Full proposal: 24.01.2024
  • Deadline for submitting Full proposal: 26.03.2024 (12:00)
  • Communication funding decision: June 2024
  • Earliest project start:  July 2024

How to submit

  • The Pre-proposal (template in Toolkit during first stage) should be submitted at the latest by 09.01.2024 (12:00 CET) via email to [email protected]
  • Upon invitation only: the Full proposal (template in Toolkit during second stage) should be submitted at the latest by 26.03.2024 (12:00 CET), via email to [email protected]
  • Please read the Guide for Applicants and use the proposal templates as in the Toolkit


If you have any additional question concerning the call, do not hesitate to contact us!

[email protected]

Charlotte Vandenberghe – Call coordinator: 021 693 76 15

Martin Gonzenbach – Director of Operations EPFL Fribourg and Smart Living Lab: 021 693 28 60