Support Programme for UASA Graduates

The programme 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.

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.

Deadlines 2019

Deadline for the submission of project applications: 15th November 2019 (Call IV)

Decisions: mid-January 2020 (Call IV)

Deadlines 2020

Deadlines for the submission of project applications: 15th May (Call V) and 16th November 2020 (Call VI)

Decisions: end of June 2020 (Call V) and mid-January 2021 (Call VI)


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