[ Gebert Rüf Stiftung - InnoBooster | Market-oriented research ]
Gebert Rüf Stiftung (GRS) was established in 1998 by entrepreneur Heinrich Gebert as a science and innovation foundation. Its objective is to promote «Switzerland as a top location for business and as a place to live». As a private funding agency guided by its mission statement «making science effective», it supports entrepreneurial projects, which are committed to achieving an impact.
The programme InnoBooster supports university-based, high-potential business cases from the Venture Kick programme with the aim of substantially accelerating their market entry. In particular, it supports proposals where a R&D or design boost can speed up the success of the deep tech business case.
Who can apply: applicants employed at Swiss universities or research institutions (ETH Domain, cantonal university, university of applied sciences)
Your project MUST:
- Already be in the Venture Kick process
- Already be approved by a funding programme (e.g. BRIDGE PoC, Innogrant)
- Rooted at Swiss universities or research institutions (ETH Domain, cantonal university, university of applied sciences)
- Be beneficial to society
Funding & Duration: Max. CHF 150,000 for up to 18 months
- For: salaries and materials costs directly related to the project.
- Does NOT cover: infrastructure or overheads.
- Informal access: submit a 1-2 page abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org well ahead of the deadline for proposals.
- Proposal: 1 February, 1 May, 1 September and 1 December (every year) at 23:59 (Decision: after 3 months)
- Interview: with GRS Board of Trustees (upon invitation)
- Informal Access: Submit a 1-2pp. abstract of your project, incl. alternatives, to email@example.com well ahead of the 1st stage deadlines (listed above): GRS will assess your chances of receiving a grant and, if favourable, invite you to submit your proposal for the closest deadline.
- Proposal: Submit your complete proposal in a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Project proposal form (max 6 pages)
- Accompanying letter
- Letters of endorsement from a funding programme (e.g. BRIDGE PoC, Innogrant) and from (potential) customers, investors, industry partners
- For non-independent PIs: Letter of Support from the Head of the Unit.
- Other attachments: bibliography, tables, diagrams and graphs.
- Prepare a 3-minute video pitch and send it by the call deadline to email@example.com or via DropSend or WeTransfer.
For further information, please have a look at the EPFL Toolkit, call webpage and at the video launching the initiative.