Originality – relevance – effectiveness

Gebert Rüf Stiftung considers itself to be a private grant-making foundation that wants to achieve something fundamentally new that will have a long-term impact. At the heart of its risk-taking support for innovation are three strategic target areas with resulting thematic areas of activity:



I. Wissenschaft & Unternehmertum

• Venture Kick
• BREF – Brückenschläge mit Erfolg
• Microbials
• DesignPlus
• Pilot projects

II. Wissenschaft & Öffentlichkeit

• Eastern Europe
• Scientainment

III. Stiftung & Schweiz

• Foundation & Policy
• Fonudation & Competence

By supporting projects with a clear identity, Gebert Rüf Stiftung aims to achieve measurable leverage. It positions itself in the long-familiar funding gap, known as the “vale of tears”, where the grant-making chain breaks down for many innovative projects, no more basic research funding is available and venture capital is not yet available.

Promoting young talent and areas of activity

The 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

Clear criteria are applied when selecting the projects. Sought are innovative projects of high relevance and scientific quality that satisfy the basic criteria of “originality”, “effectiveness”, “transfer potential” and “interdisciplinarity”. These basic criteria are used in the selection process, together with a range of positive and negative criteria.