The Foundation Board of Trustees is chaired by the federal councillor responsible for research and education, who is currently the President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann. There are 14 further members, one from each of the ten cantonal universities of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Fribourg, Lausanne, Lucerne, Neuchâtel, St. Gallen, Zurich and the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, from the two federal institutes of technology in Lausanne and Zurich, a senior federal official, currently the director of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), and the French ambassador or their deputy.
The award ceremony of the 75th anniversary of the foundation took place in the National Council chamber in Bern: Federal Councillor Ruth Dreifuss with the two laureates Henri Isliker (left) and Alfred Pletscher (right).
Former presidents and trustees include former federal councillors Ruth Dreifuss, Pascal Couchepin and Flavio Cotti; Prof. Dr. Kurt Wüthrich, who was awarded the Benoist Prize in 1991 and the Nobel Prize in 2002, and Prof. Dr. Martin Schwab, who won the Benoist Prize in 1994.
In 2020 the Foundation will celebrate its 100th anniversary. In 2020 the Foundation will celebrate its centenary. It would like to take the Swiss Science Prize, with its long tradition, successfully into the future.
The Marcel Benoist Foundation statutes include the deed of foundation and the regulations.