For ongoing calls for projects the selection process lasts approximately six months, from submission of the project proposal (step one) to the decision on the project application (step two), for annual calls («BREF – First Ventures», «Microbials») 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.