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Our Focus is Child Health
and Wellbeing. Worldwide.


Fondation Botnar is a charitable foundation established with the core purpose to support children’s basic needs throughout the world. It was founded in Basel in 2003 to continue the philanthropic work of the Botnar family. Our focus is health, nutrition and education.

We have supported many compelling projects over the years and are now in a process to establish a new strategy. We are currently developing a fresh investment and organisational framework to sustainably manage the capital base.
This will be finalised in 2018.

Investment Portfolios

Fondation Botnar finances projects in the following focus areas.

Artificial Intelligence for Child Wellbeing
We advance digital solutions and the mining of big data to support access to healthcare systems and services.

Cities fit for Children
We work to improve the health and wellbeing of children in secondary cities.

Research for Children
We promote research to accompany projects in health, nutrition and education by partnering with academic institutions. Our aim is to demonstrate the effectiveness of innovations.

Promoting New Ideas
We support new and innovative ideas if a significant impact can be identified within the above priorities.

Examples from the Field

The following projects describe our commitment and future-focus:

  • Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge

    This initiative, led by Fondation Botnar, is designed to address road safety issues which especially impact children. Six priority countries will be targeted with practical, innovative and evidence-based interventions. Bringing together government, civil society and the private sector is key to the approach. Proposals from multi-sectoral consortiums focused on municipal road safety are sought. The Global Road Safety Partnership manages the project for Fondation Botnar.

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  • Social Inclusion – Bacău, Romania

    Romania’s Bacău region rates amongst the poorest in Europe, where children, especially from Roma families, live in extreme poverty. Fondation Botnar contributes to a partnership by UNICEF, Terre des Hommes and Norwegian Grants which aims to develop, together with Romanian government agencies, a scalable package of support measures for children and their families. More than 54,000 children benefit from Fondation Botnar’s support.

  • Botnar Research Professorship for Paediatric Environmental Medicine

    This research professorship in environmental medicine, specifically focused on children’s health, began in 2012 at the University of Basel with our financial backing. From June 2017, Prof. Dr. Pablo Sinues takes on the role, and until 2022 will conduct research into paediatric respiratory conditions, such as asthma, and paediatric systems biology. His research activities also include the non-invasive diagnostics of lung diseases (especially air pollution-related) as well as the monitoring of pharmacological active substances, assisted by mass-spectrometry.

  • Robotic surgery for paediatric patients

    Victor Babeş University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Timişoara, Romania, has received a surgical robot to implement robotic surgery for paediatric patients. The project will run from 2018 until 2022 at the Children's Hospital Louis Turcanu. Robotic surgery can be used in a wide variety of child disorders. The project aims to develop a strong point of reference for robotic paediatric surgery in Central and Eastern Europe – Timişoara being the only such program.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Fondation Botnar is driven by a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, reflected in our operational principles. Innovative Financing is our preferred model. We hold to a fully-engaged, dialogue-rich and equal partnering relationship with recipient institutions.

Grant Applications

Fondation Botnar distinguishes between four different types of funding: Research, Programs, Donations and Talent Development. To ensure a high quality and impact in these areas, these also have their own requirements regarding the awarding process. These are described below:

Exclusion criteria

Fondation Botnar does not support:

  • Emergency relief
  • Humanitarian relief
  • Projects in crisis and conflict zones
  • Projects that replace state funding
  • Projects in the areas of culture and music
  • Contributions to individual persons
  • Contributions to publication costs
  • Contributions to exhibitions
  • Contributions to infrastructure funding
  • Religious faith-based organisations
  • Political organisations
  • Organisations that are involved in areas which undermine public health (e.g. tobacco, alcohol, drugs, weapons, prostitution, pornography, violence)

Research

Fondation Botnar supports research directed to impact and enable change within child-wellbeing in the areas of health, nutrition and education.

Please follow this process to apply for research grants:

white = To be done by applicant
blue = To be done by Fondation Botnar; Applicant will receive e-mail with further instructions when phase is completed.

01. Information

Review website information regarding the focus of Fondation Botnar

02. Register & Review Exclusion Criteria

Applicant follows this link to our application system and registers on the platform. Afterward the applicant creates a new application, and reviews the exclusion criteria with the checklist.

03. Redirection to Short Application

If none of the exclusion criteria apply to the organisation or the project, the applicant will be redirected to the short application.

04. Short Application

Fill out and send short application

Duration from the submission of the short application (Step 04.) until the final decision (Step 08.): approx. 6 months

Submission deadline for short application:
28.02.2019

05. First Review

First review of the short application by Fondation Botnar (strategic and qualitative alignment with the requirements and criteria of the foundation).

06. Full Application

Fill out and send full application

07. Second Review

Second Review by Fondation Botnar (including Scientific Commission, external reviewer & due diligence)

08. Board & final decision

Application is presented to Fondation Botnar Board. The board votes for final decision on the project.

09. Contract Preparations & signature

In case of approval the contract is prepared and signed.

Submission deadline for short application:
31.10.2018
28.02.2019

Programs

Programs involve long-term implementation projects, which generate scalable impact.

Please follow this process to apply for a Program Grant (Long-term implementation project):

white = To be done by applicant
blue = To be done by Fondation Botnar; Applicant will receive e-mail with further instructions when phase is completed.

01. Information

Review website information regarding the focus of Fondation Botnar

02. Register & Review Exclusion Criteria

Applicant follows this link to our application system and registers on the platform. Afterward the applicant creates a new application, and reviews the exclusion criteria with the checklist.

03. Redirection to Short Application

If none of the exclusion criteria apply to the organisation or the project, the applicant will be redirected to the short application.

04. Short Application

Fill out and send short application

Duration from the submission of the short application (Step 04.) until the final decision (Step 08.): approx. 6 months

Submission deadlines for short application:
31.05.2018
28.02.2019

05. First Review

First review of the short application by Fondation Botnar (strategic and qualitative alignement with the requirements and criteria of the foundation).

06. Full Application

Fill out and send full application

07. Second Review

Second Review by Fondation Botnar (including external reviewers & due diligence)

08. Board & final decision

Application is presented to Fondation Botnar Board. The board votes for final decision on the project.

09. Contract Preparations & signature

In case of approval the contract is prepared and signed.

Submission deadlines for short application:
31.05.2018
28.02.2019

Donations

The foundation also issues one-time grants for smaller projects.

Please follow this process to apply for a Donation (Single implementation grant):

white = To be done by applicant
blue = To be done by Fondation Botnar. Applicant will receive e-mail with further instructions when phase is completed.

01. Information

Review website information regarding the focus of Fondation Botnar

02. Register & Review Exclusion Criteria

Applicant follows this link to our application system and registers on the platform. Afterward the applicant creates a new application, and reviews the exclusion criteria with the checklist.

03. Redirection to Application

If none of the exclusion criteria apply to the organisation or the project, the applicant will be redirected to the application.

04. Application

Fill out and send application

Duration from the submission of the short application (Step 04.) until the final decision (Step 08.): approx. 6 months

Submission deadlines for application
31.05.2018
28.02.2019

05. Review

Review of the application by Fondation Botnar (strategic and qualitative alignement with the requirements and criteria of the foundation).

08. Board & final decision

Application is presented to Fondation Botnar Board. The board votes for final decision on the project.

09. Contract Preparations & signature

In case of approval the contract is prepared and signed.

Submission deadlines for application:
31.05.2018
28.02.2019

Management Team

Dr. Aline Cossy-Gantner

Chief Learning Officer

Acossy-gantner@fondationbotnar.org

Dr. Stefan Germann

Chief Executive Officer

sgermann@fondationbotnar.org

Dr. Susanna Hausmann-Muela

Chief Program Officer

shausmann@fondationbotnar.org

Thuy-Anh Huynh-Le

Grants Administrator

thuynh-le@fondationbotnar.org

Szandra McCrory

Executive Assistant

smccrory@fondationbotnar.org

Eva Moldovanyi

Junior Professional Officer

emoldovanyi@fondationbotnar.org

Karin Schumacher

Chief Operating Officer

kschumacher@fondationbotnar.org

Sushant Sharma

Chief Investment Officer

ssharma@fondationbotnar.org

David Suhr

Junior Professional Officer

dsuhr@fondationbotnar.org

Board and Governance

Dr. Otto Bruderer

Dr. Martin Lenz

Dr. Peter Lenz, President

Elsbeth Müller (Rep. UNICEF)

Amalie Molhant Proost (Rep. founder’s family)

Prof. Dr. Joachim Seelig (Rep. Canton Basel-City)



Fondation Botnar is a member of SwissFoundations, the association of grant-making foundations in Switzerland. We commit to best practice governance in line with the principles and recommendations of the Swiss Foundation Code. Our accounting follows the guidelines of Swiss GAAP FER 21 for charitable social non-profit-organisations. Our activities are supervised by the Supervisory Authority for Foundations, Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs.

Contact

Address:
Fondation Botnar
St. Alban-Vorstadt 56
4052 Basel, Switzerland

+41 61 201 04 74