Donor: Helmut Horten Foundation
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Switzerland
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Individual, Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Large - more than $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 1.000.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Health
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) Objective

Established in the 1970s by Helmut Horten, the Foundation aims at supporting the health care system through financial contributions to medical research facilities, hospitals, and other health care institutions, as well as to individuals who are in need of medical care. Eligible for funding are measures intended to protect and maintain people’s health. Today, the Foundation provides funding to the following two main programs: (1) the Horten Centre for Patient-Oriented Research and Knowledge Transfer: this service enables general practitioners to apply the latest medical knowledge in their practices as well as work on patient-oriented research with a focus on the quality of diagnostics; and (2) the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB): the institute’s work is upon advancing biomedical research with scientists focusing on the mechanisms of host defence against bacteria, viruses, tumours and neuro-degenerative diseases.

They offer two grant types:

  • Young Investor Grants: accelerate the careers of talented young group leaders to develop their independent research within the medical sciences
  • Consortium Projects for Clinical Translation: Create the desired impact of sustainably improving quality of life and life expectancy for patients by investing in multidisciplinary teams who can best generate scientific innovation and translate this into clinical, practice-changing outcomes.

2) Eligibility

Eligible are: (1) medical research centres; (2) hospitals; (3) health care institutions; and (4) individual researchers.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Switzerland and other countries provided they meet the Foundation’s requirements.

4) Budget

Funding ranges from CHF400,000 – CHF1,000,000.

5) Application

Applicants must submit a project outline (one-sided, one A4 page max.) providing the following information: project purpose, approach, project staff, timing, desired contribution, the principal applicant’s CV and a list of publications. Applications should be sent via email. After a first but not binding examination, the Foundation will contact successful applicants and send a formal research request form. All applications meeting the Foundation’s requirements are evaluated by the scientific advisory board which then submits them to the Board of Directors for a final decision. Applications have to be submitted to the Foundation’s secretarial office by March or April respectively.

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