Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

Design Work Grants: Selected Projects Spring 2021

Design Work Grants

The next Design Work Grants will be launched for applications in December 2021 (Deadline 1 March 2022) and will be posted on our Calls page

The full guidelines for applicants for Design are available on Pro Helvetia’s webpage

Within the framework of its Spring 2021 Design Work Grants, Pro Helvetia has selected twenty projects for concept development, prototype development, production or project extension funding.

The awarded projects demonstrate a wide variety of fields: from product design, fashion, jewellery, industrial design, graphic design and robotics.

About the selected projects, the jury stated: «The unprecedent situation of the pandemic has brought many challenges but also many opportunities to the design world and the jury appreciates the way the young designers worked with so much conviction and will on their projects during this period. The jury was thrilled to see many exciting, new, colourful and creative applications. The challenge to select the most innovative projects from the unusually large number of highly professional applications was big.»

Concept development funding

Prototype development funding

Production funding

Project extension funding

Upcoming maintenance work

The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal ( by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.