Networking projects related to areas of activity

Next submission deadline: 01.12.2018

The new area of activity «Cluster funding» allows Gebert Rüf Stiftung to support outstanding projects which have a close connection to GRS topics and funding programmes and make a particular contribution to networking, shaping and complementing them. Support funds of CHF 0.5 million p.a. are available for this focus programme.

Objective: to support the formation of clusters

The «Cluster funding» support vehicle serves to more strongly network projects, topics and areas of activity at the core of the Gebert Rüf Stiftung funding strategy. The objective is to lock more intensively into synergies between the actors and achieve the necessary critical mass for effective implementation in societal and business domains. In principle, projects from all disciplines and from a very wide range of contexts are welcome, but they must satisfy the strategic support criteria especially closely. Cluster projects take up «Science Entrepreneurship» as a transversal core GRS topic, complement existing areas of activity and, ideally, lead to cluster formation among the latter.

Support criteria for cluster projects

  • Proven networkability
  • Close connection to GRS topics and areas of activity
  • Highly innovative and original
  • Exemplary
  • Projects of Swiss-wide significance
  • Major potential for initial funding
  • The project is based at a Swiss institution of higher education or research (ETH Domain, university, university of applied sciences) or an NPO
  • No infrastructure costs or overheads are financed, only salaries and materials costs directly related to the project.

Project submission

  • Projects may be submitted to Gebert Rüf Stiftung by one of the quarterly deadlines (1 February, 1 May, 1 September, 1 December) in accordance with the general requirements.
  • The submission procedure has two stages.

Evaluation of cluster projects

The available support budget is always exceeded many times over by the demand for funding. This means that at all levels of the submission process there needs to be a selection process based on the core project support criteria. At the very end of the process, the board of trustees draws up a ranking list. Many projects inevitably have their applications for support from Gebert Rüf Stiftung turned down with the verdict «approved but not funded».

There can be no question of entertaining requests for re-examination or reconsideration of applications; no correspondence will be entered into on the subject of grant-making decisions.