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Date and time 01.12.2019  
Category Call for proposal

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.
 
Deadline
  1. Informal access: submit a 1-2 page abstract to idee@grstiftung.ch well ahead of the deadline for proposals.
  2. Proposal: 1 February, 1 May, 1 September and 1 December (every year) at 23:59  (Decision: after 3 months)
  3. Interview: with GRS Board of Trustees (upon invitation)
 
Application
  1. Informal Access: Submit a 1-2pp. abstract of your project, incl. alternatives, to idee@grstiftung.ch 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.
  2. Proposal: Submit your complete proposal in a single PDF to jacqueline.grollimund@grstiftung.ch:
  • 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 jacqueline.grollimund@grstiftung.ch 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.

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  • General public
  • Free

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