Support Programme for UASA Graduates

The programme ‚BREF – Brückenschläge mit Erfolg‘ is based on a collaboration between the Gebert Rüf Stiftung and swissuniversities. It promotes research and development projects as exemplary drivers of Switzerland’s universities of applied sciences and arts (UASA) that are creating a bridge between science, business and society. In 2018, the programme focusses for the first time on First Ventures.

BREF FIRST VENTURES is aimed at UASA graduates using their bachelor’s or master’s thesis to develop project ideas with business potential that they wish to pursue further after graduation. The support includes a financial contribution as well as an individually tailored coaching programme. For this focus, programme funds of CHF 1.5 million p.a. will be made available.

Information on the programme as well as on the submission of project applications is available at Gebert Rüf Stiftung.


Deadline for the submission of project applications: 1st of June 2018 (1st call) and 15th November 2018 (2nd call)

Decisions: at the beginning of July 2018 (1st call) and mid-January 2019 (2nd call).


Programme Management and contact

Gebert Rüf Stiftung

Dr. Marco Vencato
Deputy director Gebert Rüf Stiftung
T +41 61 270 88 22

Coordination swissuniversities

Dr. Anne Crausaz Esseiva
Head of Division research and development
T +41 31 335 07 36