The charter of Gebert Rüf Stiftung founded in 1997 states the purpose article as «promoting Switzerland as a place to live and do business». It has an annual grant budget of around 15 million Swiss francs. The mission statement of the foundation provides support for new approaches and selected junior scientists in the so-called valley of death. In line with the support criteria, a project must be impact-oriented and of a high caliber if it is to be eligible. Gebert Rüf Stiftung is not an operating foundation that exclusively maintains its own projects, but is above all a grant-making foundation which actively shapes and enables. Gebert Rüf Stiftung intends to provide groundbreaking, fresh impetus to science and society. For this reason, the foundation places top priority on synergizing and networking individual projects, which are in turn anchored to specific areas of activity. In order to achieve this, the Foundation employs its resources in a flexible yet focused manner. Its aim is neither long-term nor serial financing of projects, and support for its areas of activity is provided for a limited time only. Gebert Rüf Stiftung sees itself not as a mere sponsor or distributor of funds, but as a partner and an active member of the project team. Thus, conventional grant allocation goes hand-in-hand with strategic and effective action.