With its initiative, Gebert Rüf Stiftung seeks to generate a significant impact by exploiting the potential and widespread use microbial resources in health and technology. The program supports with CHF 2 Mio. p.a. innovative and applied projects dealing with the direct use of modified or domesticated micro-organisms. The focus is on applications in human and veterinary medicine, the environment, energy production, water treatment, food science and other areas.