The Dalle Molle Foundation for quality of life is a not-for-profit foundation based in Lugano in the Canton of Ticino, Switzerland. Founded in 1971 by Angelo Dalle Molle, an Italian industrialist and patron of the arts, its objective is to promote quality of life through scientific advances, in particular within the field of new technologies.

The Dalle Molle Foundation devotes itself to promoting innovation, in particular through an international award which rewards original research projects or ideas enabling improvements to quality of life. With this in mind, since 1970 it has sponsored the foundation of numerous research institutes within Switzerland: ISSCO, IDSIA, Idiap in the field of artificial intelligence (formerly IDIAP, now known by the name of Idiap) and MEDIPLANT for aromatic and medicinal plants.




The aim of the Dalle Molle Foundation for Quality of Life Contest is to promote innovative projects of general interest and of high scientific quality.

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