Making science effective
Conceptual and entrepreneurial interaction with science is the central tenet of Gebert Rüf Stiftung, whose founder was an entrepreneur. The focus is on the promotion of science entrepreneurship among the younger generation of academics at Swiss institutions of higher education. For innovation to be both feasible and successful in society and business, research must find ways to implement and apply it in practice. However, reality does not keep to the dividing lines between university disciplines. So if education, research and innovation are to be effective and useful, interdisciplinary strategies are called for.
Gaps in the innovation chain
Basic research is a crucially important part of Switzerland’s university and research landscape, as befits Swiss institutions of higher education's leading position in various areas of research. However, basic research does not usually pursue a specific purpose but focuses on insights within the realms of science. It is the engine of disciplinary knowledge production.
To ensure that the innovation chain between basic research and successful implementation in society and the market does not break, transfer mechanisms are to be repeatedly created and gaps to be closed.
The foundation’s central mission – five areas of activity
In pursuit of its strategic objectives under the heading «Wissenschaft & Entrepreneurship», Gebert Rüf Stiftung provides university-based projects with targeted start-up financing under programme-like annual calls for submissions and public offers: