Call for proposal

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  Saturday 1 December 2018


The Gebert Rüf Stiftung (GRS) supports pre-competitive, applied research (at Swiss institutions of higher education) that seems too application-oriented for institutions of higher learning, and too far from the market for institutions that promote the transfer from research to application. GRS does NOT support purely fundamental research projects, the optimization of the already known, business-oriented start-up projects, projects that have already commenced or isolated projects with little synergistic impact.

GRS programmes
  • DesignPlus is aimed at interdisciplinary project groups in the fields of science, technology and education, conducting application-oriented R&D and educational projects in which design – from conception to implementation – is central and not merely an add-on. Design theory and disciplinary basic design research are NOT supported. Both small projects (short duration, up to CHF 50,000) and larger projects (2-3 years, up to CHF 300,000) are considered.
  • Pilot Projects provides start-up or initial funding for projects of nationwide importance, which stand out as particularly original, innovative, surprising or promising, with major potential and suitable to serve as a model. For an indication of the grant duration and funding, follow this link.
  • Scientainment is for interdisciplinary teams working on projects that address the need for a low-threshold way of communicating about education, research and innovation, combining entertainment with the transfer of knowledge. It promotes the development of new forms of science dialogue in collaboration with representatives of non-scientific target groups in Switzerland. Marketing campaigns, institutional PR work and science communication are NOT supported. An indication of grants duration and funding can be found at this link.

  1. Informal Access: send a 1-2pp. abstract of your project (and alternatives) well ahead of the chosen deadline to
  2. Deadlines for First Evaluation Stage: 1 February, 1 May, 1 September, 1 December (every year).
  3. Deadlines for Second Evaluation Stage: 1 March, 15 May, 1 September, 1 December (every year).
The selection process lasts approximately 6 months.
Eligible costs: salaries for mid-level faculty and young academic talent, material and infrastructure costs, among others. Overheads are not covered.
For more information, please have a look at the foundation’s application procedure and funding strategy, and contact the Research Office.

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