Gebert Rüf Stiftung’s areas of activity are programme-like focal commitments in pursuit of a specific objective and as such are time-limited. The life cycle of an area of activity is usually divided into an initial and start-up phase, a build-up phase, a consolidation phase and an outphasing stage, which includes an evaluation of the impact achieved.

Innovation and continuity

A programme addressing the brain drain (area of activity «reBrain»), a grant-making programme for science entrepreneurs from the universities (area of activity «NETS»), a Swiss-Baltic academic programme (area of activity «Swiss Baltic Net») and a broad-based scattered support programme for projects at the universities of applied sciences (area of activity «Innovation an Fachhochschulen») have been closed.

These last-mentioned commitments and their continuation in a new form geared to current needs (active areas of activity, area of activity «Venture Kick», area of activity «ASCN – Academic Swiss Caucasus Net» and area of activity «BREF») show that Gebert Rüf Stiftung cultivates thematic continuity despite directing support at time-limited focal points and is active within a grant-making cluster defined by certain fundamental strategic principles.

List of closed areas of activity

  • area of activity «NETS»
    New Entrepreneurs in Technology and Science, 1999–2005
  • area of activity «reBrain»
    Abwanderung hochqualifizierter Nachwuchsleute, 1999–2006
  • area of activity «Swiss Baltic Net» 
    Nachwuchsförderung im schweizerisch-baltischen Austausch, 1999–2011
  • area of activity «eTeach»
    Programme for the promotion of the sustainability of new learning technologies, start-up financing for the Swiss Centre for Innovations in Learning «scil» at the University of St. Gallen, 2001–2012