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New Regional Policy

The New Regional Policy (NRP) aims to improve the competitiveness of regions in order to create and maintain jobs. To achieve this, it encourages entrepreneurship, stimulates innovation, and supports value creation.

With its policy in favor of SMEs, the NRP contributes to:

  1. Knowledge transfer and support for innovation for small and medium-sized enterprises.
  2. Networking and intercompany cooperation.
  3. Development of value chains and filling gaps.
  4. Qualification of the regional workforce and promotion of regional actors.

With its tourism policy, the NRP contributes to:

  1. A competitive tourism economy.
  2. An attractive Swiss tourist destination.

The NRP of the Canton of Fribourg provides financial support for innovative projects that aim for qualitative and sustainable growth, to enhance the attractiveness of the Canton and increase added value.

This program enables all economic, academic, tourist, and political stakeholders to collaborate towards a common goal: increasing competitiveness in the regions of the Canton of Fribourg.

The New Regional Policy (NRP) is an initiative launched in 2008 by the Swiss Federal Government. It seeks to foster innovation both in in industry and tourism by providing financial support in the form of loans and non-repayable grants or subsidies.

The NRP of the Canton of Fribourg financially supports innovative projects that contribute to fostering a high quality, sustainable growth, to enhancing the attractiveness of the Canton, and to generating added value.

The program enables all of the actors concerned hailing from the world of business, the academia, the tourist sector and the political authorities, to cooperate towards a single, common goal, that of enhancing competitiveness in the regions of the Canton of Fribourg.


While developing the program for implementation of the NRP in the Canton of Fribourg for the period 2020-2023, three axes of strategic thrust were specified, namely, the strengthening of the bio-economy (agri-food industry), the fostering of digital anchoring, and the expansion of the notion of developing Smart Territory.

In order to boost the competitiveness of its companies, the Canton of Fribourg is to encourage the utilization of tools that promote innovation within its companies via the services of the association INNOSQUARE, the Canton’s thematic clusters (Building Innovation Cluster, Food&Nutrition Cluster and Swiss Plastics Cluster) and the Canton’s academic actors (UniFR, HEIA, HEG, EPFL) so as to develop collaborative projects.

The program is also to continue to provide support to the association Fri Up, which flanks the start-ups and future entrepreneurs established in the Canton.

Finally, the industrial thrust of the Canton’s NRP program for 2020-2013 is to be rounded out by the fostering of inter-cantonal projects via the RIS-SO with its technology platforms and coaching bodies, bi-cantonal projects in the Broye region or via the Swiss Capital Region, and the transnational program INTERREG.


In keeping with the principles set down in Vision 2030 for tourism in Fribourg as published in 2009 by the Fribourg Tourism Union (Fribourg Region) and in view of tackling the major challenges confronting tourism in the Canton, the NRP’s 2020-2023 program essentially aspires to support projects linked to the development of tourist infrastructures, the simplification of tourist authorities, and the exploitation of the strong points specific to tourism in Fribourg.

Against this backdrop, the NRP will contribute to enhancing the added value created by the tourist sector in the Canton by fostering a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship through innovative projects designed to create value.

The Assytronic Collaboration Project (Collaborative project)
Project Lead:
6 companies spreaded out 5 districts, HEIA Fribourg
This project concerns the development of a plastic injection process for the assembly of mechatronic products (e.g. hearing aids) and follows a first collaborative project (ASSCO). Complete development, in the form of reports, prototypes and case studies of integrative assemblies by overmoulding.

Sponge City blueFACTORY
Project Lead:
The project concerns the development of the first neighbourhood in Switzerland with hybrid wastewater management. The aim is to have no water discharged into the water treatment plant and to have a climate-resilient neighbourhood. This project will provide a full-scale test of current and future possibilities for water use.

Tourist valorization of medieval heritage (Tourist Innovation)
Project Lead:
4 projects spreaded out Fribourg, Morat et Estavayer
Four projects related to the valorization of medieval heritage were supported between 2016 and 2019 : the Fribourg ADN1606 project, the Secret Morat Lights Tour, Estavayer Le Grand Jeu and the Street Art ArtiChoke festival also in Estavayer. These products and activities are complementary for the three destinations and should generate economic spin-offs in the order of CHF 6 mio/year.

The regions, companies, networks, as well as all interested individuals may address a request to the Fribourg Development Agency for the following types of financial support:

  • Non-repayable grants or subsidies for the preparation, implementation, and the evaluation of programs and projects.
  • Interest-free loans for infrastructural projects that enhance the Canton’s attractiveness to tourists.

The financial support granted within the frame of the NRP is borne equally (50 – 50) by the Swiss Federal Government and by the cantons. In general, the financial aid contribution assumed by the NRP represents a maximum of up to 65% of the eligible costs, the remainder having to be covered by the recipient’s own funds.

Besides the NRP, there exist other possible sources of financing. To explore such other options, we would suggest that you use the financing tool developed by RegioSuisse, which will indicate the possibilities available as a function of the domain under which your project falls. Your regional association remains at your disposal to direct you to the financial sources that can be envisaged.

INNOREG-FR, the Association of the Regions of Fribourg for the New Regional Policy (NRP), was founded in 2009 by the Prefects (or Governors) of the Canton of Fribourg. Its creation followed close upon the launch of the Swiss Government’s NRP program (formerly the Law on Investments in Mountain Regions – LIM) and was designed to enable the regions and the Canton to implement the NRP on a regional level.

Its purpose and goals are to:

  • initiate NRP projects for the Canton of Fribourg in cooperation with the regions and the economic actors of Fribourg;
  • advise and flank project leads in formulating their requests for NRP support;
  • inform the Fribourg actors about the possibilities, the instruments, and the procedures of the NRP;
  • cooperate with the Fribourg Development Agency in matters concerning the NRP;
  • act as a relay between the Canton and the regions for implementation of the NRP;
  • contribute to the preparation of the multiannual NRP program (every 4 years).

Thanks to INNOREG-FR, the project leads enjoy an enhanced overall view of the possibilities offered by the NRP as well as support when submitting their project.

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Regional Associations
Broye : Association of the Broye Region (Ascobroye) – Coreb
Glâne and Veveyse : Association of the Glâne-Veveyse Region – RGV
Gruyère : Association of the Gruyère Region – ARG
Lac : Association of the Lake Region – ARL
Sarine : Agglomeration of Fribourg – Agglo-FR
Singine : Association of the Sense Region – Region Sense

INNOSQUARE’s mission is to foster interactions to meet the innovation needs of technology-oriented companies by activating, developing and supporting research and innovation projects. These interactions happen at the regional level between the different innovation actors including businesses, Clusters, public or private authorities, skills centers, and university research institutes.

INNOSQUARE’s vision is to become the leading partner in research and innovation project management for companies with a strong economic impact.

INNOSQUARE’s objectives as an accelerator of innovation are:

  • Increase the number of collaborative business projects carried out within the canton of Fribourg’s strategic axes.
  • Initiate and carry out multi-channel collaborative projects as part of the canton of Fribourg’s regional smart specialization strategy as well as inter-cantonal collaborations.

Technology Transfer

To strengthen their innovation potential and competitiveness, companies in Fribourg have abundant resources and specialized services:  three sectoral clusters, five centers of expertise, a material sciences research center (AMI), the technology platform INNOSQUARE and a dedicated technology transfer office.

On top of all this, the Fribourg School of Engineering and Architecture has 10 applied research institutes in three distinct fields: information and communication technologies, construction and environment, and industrial technologies. They work hand in hand with companies to find novel solutions and develop innovative products and processes.

Sectoral Clusters

Building Innovation Cluster

Cluster Food & Nutrition

Swiss Plastics Cluster

Competence Centers

Biofactory Competence Center (BCC)

Digital Printing Competence Center (iPrint)

Plastics Innovation Competence Center (PICC)

Robust and Safe Systems Center (ROSAS)

Smart Living Lab