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For the promotion of health care

New guidelines from January 2021

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

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

Project funding of young researchers

  • Applicants must provide proof of employment as an independent group leader at a Swiss University or Research Institute for the entire duration of the project.
  • The application must occur no later than ten years after the applicant has attained his/her highest academic degree. For clinical researchers who have reached the status of a Specialist (Facharzt) this period is extended to 15 years after attaining his/her highest academic degree to compensate for the time allocated for advanced clinical education.
  • Partial or supplementary project support is not granted.
  • As a rule, purely clinical studies are not supported.
  • The duration of project funding is set at a maximum of 3 years. 

Funding of consortial projects

  • Consortial projects are interdisciplinary. They combine clinical and basic scientific approaches to a matter of clinical importance. 
  • A maximum of 5 applicants may participate in a consortium project. These are independent group leaders at a Swiss University or Research Institute.
  • Main focus lies on the direct application of the results for the benefit of the patient.
  • One lead applicant represents the consortium and is responsible for the project.
  • The duration of project funding is set at a maximum of 3 years.
  • The maximum total funding amounts to CHF 1 million per year.

The application assessment takes place in two steps:

Project outlines for donation applications for the year 2021 are to be submitted using the form below. 

  • For the deadline of 15 March 2021, only project funding applications from young researchers will be accepted. 
  • For the deadline of 15 September 2021, only  applications for consortial projects will be accepted. 

The application must comply with the Foundation's purpose and the above-mentioned criteria. All deviating submissions will not be considered. As a principle, 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 consortium 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 a 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, the official proposal form must be submitted within two months after receipt of the respective information addressed to the applicant(s). A final assessment is usually made within two months.

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