Innovation support

Gebert Rüf Stiftung drives the promotion of innovation. It does not support projects which aim to optimize known, tried and trusted ideas according to the motto «faster, higher, better, more precise», but those which strive to achieve something fundamentally new. These are frequently projects with a «keystone function», representing a crucial part of a larger interdependency. Gebert Rüf Stiftung endeavors to achieve a leveraging effect with its grant-making activities. It positions itself in the «vale of tears» (période des vaches mortes), where for many innovative projects the grant-making chain breaks.

The upcoming academic generation and areas of activity

Our support policy particularly favours projects of highly qualified young scientists pursuing an independent course. Therefore a project support of Gebert Rüf Stiftung necessarily is a matter of personal support. In order to have an impact, the foundation attaches great importance to the networking potential of individual projects and to their classification according to its areas of activity.

Basic criteria – Positive criteria – Negative criteria

We look for innovative projects of high relevance and scientific quality that satisfy the basic criteria of «originality», «effectiveness», «transfer potential» and «interdisciplinarity». These basic criteria constitute a group of mutually interacting selection elements. To merit support, a project should satisfy these criteria to a high degree. The selection criteria include a list of positive criteria (especially welcome) and negative criteria (not desired).

Positioning in the innovation chain

Gebert Rüf Stiftung does not see it as its mission to provide support for basic research or to provide venture capital. Instead, it provides support in the long-familiar funding gap, i.e. where funds for basic research are no longer available and venture capital is not yet available.