Making science effective
Gebert Rüf Stiftung was established by entrepreneur Heinrich Gebert as a foundation for the promotion of the sciences and universities with the objective of enhancing “Switzerland as a place to live and do business” (purpose article). As a private entrepreneurial grant-making agency committed to achieving an impact, the foundation is guided by its mission statement “Wissenschaft bewegen – making science effective”.
The task of a private grant-making foundation is not to supplement state coffers or provide additional funding for obsolete support models, but rather to bear risks and provide initial funding. Gebert Rüf Stiftung therefore does not support projects that aim to optimize known, tried and tested ideas. It focuses its grant-making activities on projects of a bridge-building nature; in other words, projects that form an essential part of a larger whole. It pursues three sets of strategic objectives, under which the operational areas of activity are subsumed:
Objectives under the heading «Wissenschaft & Entrepreneurship»
To support entrepreneurially based links between science and the real world. The question pursued within this particular set of support objectives is: How can science become effective in practice?
Objectives under the heading «Wissenschaft & Öffentlichkeit»
To promote dialogue between science and society. The question pursued within this particular set of support objectives is: How can science achieve a broader resonance in society?
Objectives under the heading «Stiftung & Schweiz»
To promote the foundation sector. The question followed up within this set of objectives is: How can Switzerland as a foundation location develop robustly under a combination of liberal legal framework and a focus on achievement?