Donation request submission
For the promotion of health care
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.