Reatch Ideas Competition 2022

Tackling crises before they emerge – with research.

Whether it is to tackle the climate crisis, the energy transition, or the transformation of work – a close and constructive collaboration between researchers and politicians is crucial to resolve societal challenges. Unfortunately however, when tackling social crises, scientific findings and research insights remain unused far too often – or, if they find their way into the development of political and social solutions, they do so only at a late stage.

Accordingly, the Franxini-Project is today looking for your solutions to the crises of tomorrow!

The submission phase is over and we have received about 30 ideas! We will soon announce the finalists.

Save the date: The final of the ideas competition will take place on November 12 in Bern.



Do you have a concrete idea for how – together with politics, industry, and society – tomorrow’s crises could be preempted by research? Then participate in the Reatch Ideas Competition!

Why it will be worth it:

  • You can win prize money of up to CHF 2000.-
    (1st place 2000.-, 2nd place 1200.-, 3rd place 400.-)

  • Your idea convinces us? We will publish it on our Reatch blog and give it media presence.

  • Your idea is selected for the finale? As one of five finalists, you will present your idea to a top-class jury from academia, politics, and society. The finale will take place on November 12, 2022 in Bern.

  • In preparation for the finale, you will receive a pitch-coaching to enhance your presentation skills.

  • The special prize will provide wings for your idea: as part of our Franxini Innovation Hub support program, you and your idea will be guided and supported during the implementation process.


Your essay on the main topic "Tackling crises before they emerge - with research" needs to address three aspects:

  1. What crisis: What problem today will lead to a crisis tomorrow?
    e.g. stopping climate change, promoting equality, steering the digital transformation in the right direction. 
  2. What role for research: What is the exact role of research (from the sciences and/or the humanities) for addressing and resolving this problem?
    e.g. researchers need to provide a factual basis, need to advise, or start to conduct new or further research.
  3. Who is needed as a partner: What actors and organizations are needed to tackle your problem?
    e.g. the federal government, parliament, foundations, the media, universities.

Submit your idea in form of an essay via this form by October 23, 2022.

Don't overthink:
7 facts to get your idea onto the page

  1. 5000 characters = 50 lines = 800 words = 🍰
  2. 3 aspects that need to be covered:
    1. Your idea: e.g. to stop climate change, to promote equality, to usher in digital transformation
    2. The role of research: e.g. to provide facts, to advise, to conduct new or further research.
    3. Whose support do you need: e.g. the federal government, parliament, foundations, the media, universities
  3. Team-up: find support – up to 5 people can participate per team.
  4. Keep it simple: your idea need not be a dissertation.
  5. You don't have to know all the science and research.
  6. You don't need to know all the actors that play a role in developing the solution. But surely you know a few?
  7. The humanities and the social sciences are also emphatically encouraged to participate .

Now off to your desk and write and submit 800 words by October 16, 2022.

Special Prize

Participation in the Franxini Innovation Hub

With the special prize, we will provide wings for your idea: as part of our Franxini Innovation Hub support program, you and your idea will be guided and supported during the implementation process. This means that we will accompany you for 6-9 months during the realization of your idea. We will connect you with relevant stakeholders in academia and research, administration, and politics, support you for your in-depth background research and in building a community, and provide visibility for your project.

In addition, as a winner of the Special Prize, you will benefit from our broad network, our training programs and the know-how of our Reatch members.

The Jury

Jon Pult

National Councilor SP

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Minsch

Deputy Chair of the Executive Board, Head of General Economic Policy & Education, economiesuisse

Larissa M. Bieler

Director SWI

Dr. phil. nat. Marianne Bonvin Cuddapah

Deputy Head of Office, Swiss Science Council SWR

Dr. Laetitia Philippe

Member of the Executive Board, Head of Research Development, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Dr. David Hesse

Foresight at Stiftung Mercator Schweiz

Impressions 2020

Click here to see the ideas that were submitted in 2020.

Jury partners

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Supporter «Platinum»


Supporter «Gold»

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Supporter «Silver»

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