Robert Bosch Foundation

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Robert Bosch Foundation
legal form Company-related foundation, corporation in the form of a non-profit GmbH
founding 1964
founder Robert Bosch
Seat Stuttgart
Chair Joachim Rogall (chairman); Sandra Breka; Hans-Werner Cieslik
owner Ludwig Georg Braun , Wolfgang Chur, Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz , Liselotte Højgaard, Siegfried Dais , Eberhard Stilz
sales 226,528,000 euros (2018)
Foundation capital 5,109,861,000 euros (2018)
Employees 200 (2019)

The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of the largest corporate foundations in Germany . The non-profit foundation, which was founded in 1964 (originally as Vermögensverwaltung Bosch GmbH (VVB), renamed in 1969) goes back to the will of the entrepreneur and founder Robert Bosch (1861–1942), has followed the philanthropic legacy of the company's founder for decades . It supports projects in the fields of health, science, education, civil society, international understanding and cooperation.


Structure of the Robert Bosch Foundation

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is a corporation in the form of a GmbH , whereby the company only has the legal form of a foundation in its name and is thus a "foundation-like legal person". The company owns 92 percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH of 1.2 billion euros. In 2018, the total funding was around 153 million euros. Since it was founded in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has spent around 1.8 billion euros on charitable work.

As a shareholder, the foundation receives a proportionate amount of the dividends distributed, although it is not active as a non-profit foundation. It has transferred the voting rights of the shares to Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG , which means a clear separation between economic and philanthropic aspects. The foundation manages its assets in the spirit of Robert Bosch.

Board of Trustees and Management

The foundation bodies are the shareholders' meeting (board of trustees) and the management. The board of trustees, which currently consists of nine people who are also shareholders of the foundation, decide on the charitable activities and the use of the foundation's funds. They perform their duties on a fiduciary basis and leave when they reach the age of 72. According to Robert Bosch's will, the Board of Trustees should include family members, entrepreneurs and public figures.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Members of the management

Employees and projects

Around 200 employees work on an average of around 800 in-house and third-party projects per year. In 2018, around 153 million euros flowed into the program work.

Dependent foundations

The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH has three other foundations under its administration:

  • Hans Walz Foundation, which promotes natural healing methods.
  • Otto and Edith Mühlschlegel Foundation , whose funds are used to address issues relating to old age and enable this phase of life to be positively shaped.
  • DVA Foundation , established in 1980. It promotes Franco-German relations in the field of culture, literature and theater, e.g. B. through the André Gide Prize . In 2007 it was accepted into the Robert Bosch Foundation as a dependent foundation.


The foundation is based in the Robert Bosch House on Gänsheide , the former home of Robert Bosch in Stuttgart . Since 2004 she has also been using the newly built Boschhaus Heidehof. In July 2012, the foundation opened its Berlin office at Französische Straße 32, which has also been functioning as a separate program area since the beginning of 2013. Before that, she had an office in the Bosch representative office in Berlin in Charlottenburg.

Areas of support and topics

The foundation supports projects in the fields of health, science, education, civil society, international understanding and cooperation. Since the foundation was established in 1964, funding has continued to develop with a view to current social challenges and events at national and international level.


The aim of the foundation in the field of health is to improve health care in Germany and make it sustainable. It supports projects in the areas of “People in the Health System” and “Sustainable Health System”. The foundation is responsible for the Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart, the Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch Institute for Clinical Pharmacology (IKP) and the Institute for the History of Medicine (IGM).


The foundation makes a contribution to the networking and communication of science and research for sustainability, for example with the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship for Sustainable Use of Natural Resources. The foundation promotes collaboration between scientists and citizens, civil society organizations, administration and politics.


In the field of education, the foundation works on the subjects of "learning of the individual" and "learning of the organization". The aim is to support daycare centers and schools in preparing young people for current and future challenges. Since 2006, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has been awarding the German School Prize to schools that are educationally outstanding and can serve as role models for school development in Germany. The foundation is also a partner in the international secondary school UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg i.Br. and the German School Academy in Berlin.

Civil society

The foundation supports people and institutions in taking on responsibility and in shaping coexistence in a diverse, constantly changing society in a future-oriented manner. The focus topics in the area of ​​civil society are democracy and immigration society.

International understanding and cooperation

The aim of the international activities of the foundation is to develop solutions for global challenges within and between societies. She focuses on the topics of conflict, climate change, migration and inequality.

Robert Bosch Academy and International Alumni Center

Since 2014, the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin has been offering fellowships to experts from all over the world for solution-oriented exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration on issues of global importance. With the International Alumni Center in Berlin, the Robert Bosch Stiftung established a cross-foundation and cross-sector competence center for alumni work in 2017.

Sample programs and initiatives

  • Media ambassador China-Germany - scholarships for young journalists from China and Germany
  • Lecturer program in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe - as part of a scholarship, young German-speaking university graduates who teach and carry out projects at universities in Eastern Europe and China are supported.
  • The Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg - Young people from Central and Eastern Europe, South-Eastern Europe and Central Asia are encouraged to get involved in their community and to contribute to the development of democratic structures.
  • The “Grenzgänger” program with the Berlin Literary Colloquium : anyone planning a publication and wanting to go on a research trip can apply.
  • In Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, the foundation supports the “Talent im Land” scholarship program. In doing so, she supports talented students from Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria who have to overcome hurdles on their educational path due to their social background.
  • Science meeting point: In the 2009 Science Year, the Robert Bosch Foundation and the German Association of Cities initiated ten science meeting points. In this project, experts discuss a specific research question with interested citizens, schoolchildren and students .
  • The foundation became politically active in 2012 through the image campaign I want Europe .
  • With the project You have the power , the political interest of young people should be promoted via social networks .
  • Animation Co-Production Forum : organized by the Trickfilmfestival Stuttgart (ITFS) and the Georgian National Film Center , purpose: to bring together young directors, animation artists and producers from Germany, the Caucasus and the Arab world, to find interesting projects and to connect possible co-production partners.
  • The program The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program promotes since the mid-1980s, the American management trainees and, through exchange of views on Europe and the Federal Republic.
  • Every year since 2011, the Robert Bosch Foundation has accepted people who stand up for others in the Responsible Network . Since 2015, the award has been linked to a two-year organizational development program that is intended to sustainably strengthen the participants' ability to deal with social problems through external support and networking.

Awarded prizes

Journalist Prize for Civic Commitment

The Journalist Prize for Civic Engagement was awarded annually until 2012. With the award, the foundation honored authors of outstanding contributions on the subject of civic engagement in the fields of print, television and radio. In addition, the Marion-Dönhoff-Förderpreis was awarded to up-and-coming journalists.

The German School Prize

Since 2006, the foundation has been awarding the German School Prize together with the Heidehof Foundation , Stern magazine and ARD . With this award under the motto "Give wings to learning!", Schools are honored that do pedagogically outstanding and can serve as role models for school development in Germany.

The German age award

Endowed with a total of 120,000 euros, the foundation awarded the prize to committed projects from 2012 to 2016 in order to shape a contemporary image of age. The award was under the patronage of the former Federal Minister Manuela Schwesig .

Adelbert von Chamisso Prize

From 1985 to 2017 the foundation awarded the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize . The prize was awarded annually to outstanding authors who write in German and whose work has been shaped by a cultural change.

André Gide Prize

At the Robert Bosch Foundation from 2007 to 2010, previously at the DVA Foundation , exclusively for French-German literature translations in both directions. After expiry, it will be replaced by other Bosch foundations for a long time, without being limited to two languages.


  • 1964: Acquisition of the majority of the capital in Robert Bosch GmbH by the non-profit asset management Bosch GmbH (from 1969 Robert Bosch Stiftung)
  • 1969: New building of the Robert Bosch Hospital
  • 1971: Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch Institute for Clinical Pharmacology
  • 1974: first funding in the area of ​​German-Polish relations
  • 1977: Focus on psychosomatics and structural issues in the health system, focus on foreigner support in Germany, Institute for the History of Medicine as an institution of the foundation, focus on practical learning
  • 1984: Scholarship Program for Young American Leaders
  • 1985: Foundation of the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize
  • 1990: Program opening after the reunification of Germany, expansion of funding in Central and Eastern Europe
  • 1992: Funding competition for East and West German schools, focus on care
  • 1993: Program “Social Citizens' Initiative in the New Federal States”, language teaching program at universities in Central and Eastern Europe
  • 1994: Focus on places of German history and health promotion in schools
  • 1995: Foundation college for international tasks
  • 1997: Sponsorship award for nursing schools
  • 1998: Young Paths in Europe funding competition for school and youth partnerships with Central and Eastern Europe, Manifesto for voluntary service in Germany and Europe, Czech library , Humanitarian Aid Award for Central and Eastern Europe
  • 1999: Stuttgart appeal for more internationality in education, training and personnel policy, focus on German-Czech relations
  • 2000: Focus on youth and technology - society and science, international agricultural and forestry sciences
  • 2001: Apollinaire Prize for high school graduates in French, ideas competition “Chances for young people - it's up to you”, Berlin initiative for more internationality in education, training and personnel policy, Theodor Heuss College , “Rethinking care - the future of Nursing training "
  • 2002: Award for voluntary work in German-French town twinning, with a focus on life in old age
  • 2003: focus on German-Turkish relations; The Robert Bosch Foundation initiates the Eastern Europe Foundation Working Group. This foundation working group includes a. also the Louis Leitz Foundation, the Hanns Seidel Foundation , the Eberhard Schöck Foundation and the W. P. Schmitz Foundation .
  • 2004: International Balkans Commission, focus on early childhood education, establishment of the foundation co-initiated by the foundation for the German-Russian school and youth exchange
  • 2005: Expert commission “Family and Demographic Change”, focus on relationships with Southeastern Europe, focus on migration and integration
  • since 2006: German School Prize
  • 2007: Focus on promoting creativity, model project “Service Helpers in Social and Health Care”, Balkan Anthology, Rochus and Beatrice Mummert Foundation included as a dependent foundation
  • 2008: Projects “SENTA! School, Development, Work "," LISA - Local Initiative for the Integration of Young Migrants "and" Youth Thinks Europe ", Study" Future Fortune Education ", Journalist Prize for Civic Engagement, Journalist Exchange Program" Media Ambassadors China-Germany ", Junior Professorship" Sustainable Use of Natural Resources "
  • 2008–2013: Promotion of the Prix ​​de l'Académie de Berlin
  • 2009: WIFF - Further Education Initiative for Early Childhood Specialists
  • 2014: The UWC Robert Bosch College is the largest single project in the history of the foundation. Together with the company, the foundation invested around 44 million euros in setting up the international high school in Freiburg.

Web links

Individual evidence

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  11. ^ Robert Bosch Foundation: Robert Bosch Foundation - Robert Bosch Foundation opens new representative office in Berlin-Mitte. Retrieved October 1, 2017 .
  13. ^ Peter Theiner: Impressions from the history of the Robert Bosch Foundation. In: Robert Bosch Stiftung (Ed.) 50 Years Towards the Future. Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stuttgart, 2011. pp. 165 ff.
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  27. ^ Robert Bosch Foundation: Robert Bosch Foundation - The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Retrieved October 1, 2017 .
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  30. ^ Robert Bosch Stiftung: Robert Bosch Stiftung - About the Chamisso Prize. Retrieved October 1, 2017 .
  31. ^ Andrea Bruhn: Foundation working group for vocational training in Eastern Europe. Stiftung & Sponsoring Verlag, February 28, 2009, archived from the original on September 23, 2015 ; accessed on October 1, 2017 .