The Hasler Foundation supports cutting-edge scientific and technical research projects at universities and university-like institutions, in relation to their potential benefit for Switzerland as a centre for science and industry.
The term "universities" includes academic universities, the Swiss Federal Technical Universities and their affiliated organisations, and universities of applied sciences. The term "university-like institutions" refers to non-commercial semi-state owned or privately owned research and development.
The headquarters of the institution receiving support must be in Switzerland.
The results of the project must be freely accessible.
Projects that are eligible for support from the Swiss National Fund (SNF) or the Swiss Innovation Agency (Innosuisse) are not supported by the Hasler Foundation.
The Hasler Foundation will not pay the cost of overheads for the central infrastructure but follows the SwissFoundations guidelines (PDF) in this regard.
Support Programs (invitations for theme-based projects)
The Hasler Foundation provides most of its support in the context of support programmes.
Project applications which do not fall within the scope of a support programme, and which demonstrably are not eligible for support from the SNF or the Innosuisse, can be submitted as requests for non-specific support.
Projects at universities or non-commercial research institutions which are aiming to bring a new innovation onto the market and not merely to make new findings can also be supported within the context of non-specific support. This is mainly intended for an applied sciences or post-doctoral graduate who is then able to remain employed at his university for a limited period in order to translate a newly developed technology into a marketable product. The financing goes via the host university.