Research Topics

Focusing on the core themes of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Each year, the Zero Project selects, communicates, and shares innovative solutions that support the rights and lives of persons with disabilities.

Across a 4-year cycle, the research process focuses on the following 4 topics. Since 2020, in addition to these 4 topics, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are covered every year.


  • 2015, 2019

    Independent Living and Political Participation

    This category showcases solutions that support persons with disabilities to live independently in the community and allow equal opportunities to participate in society, including decision making, housing, participation in elections, and self-representation.

  • 2016, 2020


    This theme showcases solutions that allow persons with disabilities to access education opportunities across a variety of education levels: childhood intervention, primary and secondary schools, university education, vocational training, as well as education in emergency and disaster situations.

  • 2017, 2021


    This topic covers inclusive corporate employment strategies, IT- based job platforms, supported employment services, social business and entrepreneurship, and more.

  • 2018, 2022


    Accessibility covers a broad variety of situations and techniques that allow persons with disabilities to gain access to the locations, services, products and tools required to live an independent and fulfilling life. Just some of the topics presented here include tourism, public transport, ICT, built environment and the arts.

  • 2020, 2021

    Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

    Inclusive Information and Communication Technology (ICT) covers a range of platforms and technology including inclusive web solutions, accessible software, hardware, devices and apps.

The selected solutions come from all sectors of society: Civil Society, the Business Sector, the Public Sector, and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Every year, hundreds of initiatives, projects, products and services from around the world are nominated, then carefully evaluated in a peer-reviewed process.

Learn more about the research process