Supporting medical research at UZH since 1964

The Georg Friedrich Götz Award is presented annually to two researchers who are habilitated at the University of Zurich and can demonstrate outstanding, internationally recognized achievements in the area of basic or clinical research. The award comes with total prize money of CHF 30,000.

The foundation’s founder Georg Friedrich Götz was a successful German entrepreneur, who moved to Switzerland in 1960. He had to travel to Zurich several times for operations, including for lung cancer and for bowel disease. In gratitude for the care he received, he started a foundation at the University of Zurich in 1964 which each year awards a prize for progress in medicine. Since 1969, the annual Georg Friedrich Götz Award has been awarded to more than 100 researchers in recognition of their work. The Georg Friedrich Götz Foundation is run as part of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Zurich (UZH), while the UZH Foundation has been in charge of the foundation’s business operations since 2019.

The Advisory Board comprises the following members:

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman, President UZH, chair
  • Prof. Dr. Beatrice Beck Schimmer, Director University Medicine UMZH
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Frank Rühli, Dean Faculty of Medicine, Director Institute for Evolutionary Medicine UZH
  • Prof. Dr. Maries van den Broek, Vice Dean Research, Inst. for Experimental Immunology UZH
  • Prof. Dr. em. Hans Weder

The award

The Georg Friedrich Götz Award is presented annually to two researchers who are habilitated at the University of Zurich and can demonstrate outstanding, internationally recognized achievements in the area of basic or clinical research. The award comes with total prize money of CHF 30,000.

Aufruf Georg-Friedrich Götz Preis 2021

Festschrift des aktuellen Georg-Friedrich Götz-Preises 2019

The jury

The jury comprises the following members:

  • Prof. Dr. Adriano Aguzzi (president)
  • Prof. Dr. Alexandra Trkola
  • Prof. Dr. Oskar Jenni