Gebert Rüf Stiftung promotes innovation for the benefit of Switzerland’s economy and society. It makes science effective by initiating entrepreneurial education, research and development 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 fit in with the one of our strategic areas of activity? Does it meet the grant-making criteria? If so, we suggest you proceed step by step.

Informal Access

E-mail us a short abstract that briefly and formally outlines the content of your project idea. Indicate the area of activity in which the project would be located. 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: 

The following areas of activity are external funding programs with corresponding submission options to the program partners:

Gebert Rüf Stiftung proactively selects and promotes pioneering projects of nationwide significance that are particularly in line with its funding policy. Such project ideas are accepted by invitation only.

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 the program «First Ventures» and «InnoBooster» 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. Nevertheless, many projects cannot be supported despite their quality and consistency with the funding strategy. Applicants will be notified as soon as the board of trustees of Gebert Rüf Stiftung reaches a decision on their projects.

In the event of rejection, the management is available to answer your questions. The Board of Trustees does not communicate detailed grounds and does not enter into any correspondence regarding its funding decisions. There is no possibility of appeal, re-examination or requests for reconsideration.