The Association for the Promotion of Spider Research, an association according to the Swiss Civil Code, intends to inform the society about the importance of spiders and to promote spider research. This is mainly achieved by supporting the Virtual Institute on Spider Taxonomic Research which grants stipends to scientists for research projects on spider taxonomy.

The Association for the Promotion of Spider Research has been accepted as charitable and non-profit organization, exempted from tax by the Swiss tax authority since January 2016 (Steuerpflichtbefreiung wegen Gemeinnützigkeit durch die Steuerverwaltung des Kantons Bern).