Donation request submission

For the promotion of health care

Projects categories

The Helmut Horten Foundation supports projects that conduct innovative research with clinical relevance primarily in the fields of oncology and/or immunology. Two project categories are envisaged: project funding for young researchers and funding for consortia projects.

In addition to scientific excellence, applications must meet the following criteria:

Project funding of young researchers

  • Applicants must be employed as independent group leaders at a Swiss university or research institute for the entire duration of the project.
  • The start of the project is no later than ten years after the applicant has obtained his/her highest academic degree. For clinical researchers who have achieved the status of a medical specialist, this deadline is extended to 15 years after the attainment of the highest academic degree in order to compensate for the time spent on clinical training.
  • Partial or supplementary project support is not granted.
  • As a rule, purely clinical studies are generally not supported.
  • The maximum duration of project support is 3 years. 
  • The maximum funding amount for the total duration is CHF 400'000.-

Funding of consortial projects

  • Consortial projects are interdisciplinary. They combine clinical and basic scientific (experimental and computational) approaches to a matter of high medical importance and necessity.
  • Projects based exclusively on preclinical models or on the basic investigation of mechanisms are not funded.
  • The application should contain a direct clinical application reference and/or a translation for the benefit of the patient (preferably a translational clinical study/application in/on the patient should be included).
  • A maximum of 5 applicants are represented in a consortium project. These are independent group leaders at a Swiss university or research institute.
  • One lead applicant represents the consortium and is responsible for the project. At least one applicant must be a medical scientist with appropriate clinical responsibility.
  • The duration of funding for consortium projects is generally 3 years and can be 4 years in justified exceptional cases.
  • The maximum total funding amount is CHF 1 million per year.

The application evaluation takes place in two steps:

Project outlines for donation applications for the year 2023 are to be submitted using the form below.

  • By 15 February 2023, only project funding applications from younger researchers will be accepted. 
  • Consortium applications will be accepted by 15 May 2023.

The application must comply with the Foundation's purpose and the above-mentioned criteria. All deviating submissions will not be considered. As a rule, other foundations will not be supported with grants.

The following information must be included in the project outline for donation applications:

  • A one-page project outline (max. one DIN A4 page) with project objective, procedure, project staff, duration, desired contribution.
  • CV of the lead applicant (and in the case of consortia projects, of the collaborating applicants).
  • List of publications of the main applicant(s).

The Foundation examines the submitted short proposal/project outline for completeness and selects the best-qualified proposals in the cross-comparison (this usually takes place within 4 weeks). Subsequently, the applicants are informed and the best-qualified are asked to submit a complete proposal according to the official research proposal form.

As a rule, this must be submitted within two months of being informed by the applicant(s). A final assessment is usually made within three months. In the case of consortia projects, a hearing may also be integrated into the evaluation. The evaluation period may be extended accordingly.

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