Key Figures to Underline the Impact of Support

For the last 20 years, Gebert Rüf Stiftung has been providing risk capital in the form of targeted start-up funding and making projects eligible for follow-up sponsorship. In certain cases it will support projects through to the consolidation phase and until they achieve financial independence. Gebert Rüf Stiftung is currently supporting and monitoring over 156 projects – with varying levels of funding and coaching. Since the foundation's inception, 826 projects have been approved for support, 670 of which are now closed.

Providing Fresh Impetus

Thanks to its flexible support strategy, Gebert Rüf Stiftung is able to provide research with fresh impetus where government support bodies leave gaps due to an institutional aversion to risks. Under its areas of activity, Gebert Rüf Stiftung regularly launches new themes. Success is ensured if these themes become sustainably embedded in the funding landscape.

Individual Support

Over 90% of the project funds distributed are allocated to the provision of support for individuals. This funding is sufficient to cover the total costs for some 180 full-time academic and junior researcher positions or 250 full and part-time positions. In all, almost 400 people are employed in active projects.


Since it was established, Gebert Rüf Stiftung has released a total of CHF 195.8 million in funding, CHF 178.7 million of which has been invested in direct project support. The annual funding volume has developed as follows:


Operational Expenses 2016

In the 19th year of operation, foundation expenditure amounted to 9.7% or CHF 1.5 million, CHF 1.1 million of which went toward direct project expenditure on initiating, monitoring and networking tasks. Administrative costs of 2.6% or CHF 0.4 million were spent on ensuring that the foundation office could carry out central administrative tasks.