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


The call for applications 2023 for the “Clinical Medicine Plus” scholarships has been issued. Deadline is May 31, 2023. You will find all necessary documents here.

The call for applications 2024 for the Cloëtta Medical Research Positions will start on 1 March 2024 with a deadline of 30 June 2024.

Cloëtta Jubilee Symposium 2023

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Prof. Dr. Max Cloëtta Foundation, the Foundation is organising a symposium on ‘Pushing frontiers in medicine.’ The symposium will take place on 28 September 2023 at the Centre for Global Dialogue of Swiss Re in Rüschlikon. The Cloëtta Jubilee Prize 2023, endowed with CHF 250,000, will be awarded at the symposium.

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

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.

The call is now closed. Thank you for all of the nominations!

Cloëtta Prize 2022 awarded to researchers from Geneva and Zurich

The Prof. Dr. Max Cloëtta Foundation awarded the 2022 Cloëtta Prize again to two prestigious scientists.
Prof. Dr. Annette Oxenius, Professor at the Institute of Microbiology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), and Prof. Dr. Doron Merkler, Professor at the Department of Pathology and Immunology & the Geneva Centre for Inflammation Research, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva, each receive the scientific prize remunerated with 50,000 Swiss francs.
Please read the comprehensive press release (in German, French and English).

The award ceremony was held on November 25, 2022 at 5pm at the University of Geneva. We sincerely thank all who attended this year’s ceremony live or via video transmission!

The 2023 award ceremony will take place on 24 November 2023.

 “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