Gebert Rüf Stiftung promotes innovation for the benefit of Switzerland’s economy and society. Its aim is to provide initial funding for application- and outcome-oriented science projects. With its limited funds Gebert Rüf Stiftung seeks to create impetus by bundling its operations into areas of activity. 

Step-by-Step Approach

Does your project meet the grant-making criteria? Does it fit in with the focus of one of our strategic areas of activity? If so, we suggest you proceed step by step.

Informal Access

E-mail us a one to two-page abstract that briefly and formally outlines the content of your project idea. Please include any alternatives. We are happy to provide advice and will evaluate the chance of your project receiving support from Gebert Rüf Stiftung.

Take note of the deadlines for submitting formal proposals and applications. We are unable to make a serious assessment and respond to project ideas that are submitted to us just a few days before the formal application submission deadlines owing to the short time frame.

Informal access: idee@grstiftung.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Project Submission

If a preliminary review of your project idea is favourable, we will invite you to submit a formal project proposal, indicating to which area of activity your project is assigned.

Please note the deadlines of the respect area of activity, observe the relevant guidelines and use the appropriate form: 

With regard to the protection of your data we refer to the general guidelines of Gebert Rüf Stiftung.

Project Selection and Grant-Making Decision

For ongoing calls for projects the selection process lasts approximately six months, for annual calls («First Ventures», «Microbials») and the programme «InnoBooster» between one and three months. The board of trustees will make the grant-making decision based on the core criteria and the strategic objectives of the areas of activity.

The available support budget is always exceeded many times over by the demand for funding. At the very end, 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». Applicants will be notified as soon as the board of trustees of Gebert Rüf Stiftung reaches a decision on their projects.

There is no procedure for appeals or applications for re-examination or reconsideration; no correspondence will be entered into on the subject of grant-making decisions. Applicants are not entitled to support of any kind. The board of trustees is not obliged to give detailed grounds for its decisions.