The Professor Dr Max Cloëtta Foundation aims at supporting and promoting medical research as well as related disciplines of natural sciences in Switzerland.


Call for Nominations – Cloëtta Jubilee Prize 2023

In honour of the 50th anniversary of the Prof. Dr. Max Cloëtta Foundation the Foundation awards the Cloëtta Jubilee Prize 2023, worth CHF 250’000. This special jubilee prize shall recognize outstanding achievements in the biomedical research field and promote the research career of outstanding young principal investigators. Nominees for the Cloëtta Jubilee Prize 2023 must be nominated by individuals or by institutions (e.g. research institutes or hospitals) who possess detailed knowledge of the nominee’s work. For details about eligibility criteria and the nomination procedure please see the regulations below.

Deadline for submission is Friday, September 2, 2022.

Nomination instructions:
– Self-nominations are not accepted.
– Nominees should not be informed of their nomination.
– Nominees should be young principal investigators who are considered
rising stars in medical research and who are currently working at a
Swiss academic institution.

Nominators should provide:
– A summary of the outstanding scientific contributions and present research activities of the nominee
(max. 3000 characters).
– A paragraph stating the rising star in medical research potential of the   nominee
(max. 500 characters).
– One sentence stating the significance of the nominee’s work outside the specific research field
(max. 250 characters).
– A current CV and publication list in one pdf-file, which may be uploaded
as part of the online submission.

Please submit nominations and all supporting materials through the following online portal:
Nomination form

Regulations for the Cloëtta Jubilee Prize 2023 (PDF)

For further information, kindly contact Anja Witte, General Secretary of the
Prof. Dr Max Cloëtta Foundation.

The call for applications 2022 for the Cloëtta Medical Research Positions has been issued.
Deadline is June 30, 2022.

You will find all necessary documents here.

The call for applications 2022 for the “Clinical Medicine Plus” scholarships has been issued.
Deadline is May 31, 2022.

You will find all necessary documents here.

Cloëtta Prize 2021 awarded to researchers from Zurich and Lausanne

The Prof. Dr. Max Cloëtta Foundation awarded the 2021 Cloëtta Prize again to two prestigious scientists.
Prof. Dr. Anne Müller, Professor at the Institute of Molecular Cancer Research at the University of Zurich, and Prof. Dr. Bart Deplancke, Professor at the School of Life Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), each receive the scientific prize remunerated with 50,000 Swiss francs.

The award ceremony was held on November 26, 2021 at 5pm at the main building of the University of Zurich. We sincerely thank all who attended this year’s ceremony live or via video transmission!

The 2022 award ceremony will take place on 25 November 2022.

Former Cloëtta Prize Winner Michael Hall receives Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Prize 2019

We congratulate Michael Hall, winner of the 2003 Cloëtta Prize, for receiving the internationally renowned Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Prize – endowed with CHF 100’000 – for his achievements in the field of cancer research. Michael Hall’s discovery of the enzyme TOR, which controls cell growth in complex signaling networks, has been instrumental in the development of novel anticancer drugs.

Link to the press release of the University of Basel

 “Research promotion in Switzerland is not exclusively a task of our government. On the contrary, two thirds of the means allotted to research and development originate from business. Private foundations also play a very important role in this respect. Wellknown Prize awards – such as the Cloëtta Prize – accentuate the importance of foundations for the scientific world”.

Ruth Dreifuss, Federal Counsellor
Volume 1 of the Monograph Professor Dr Max Cloëtta Foundation