Robert Bosch Stiftung

The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH (Robert Bosch Foundation), a charitable institution, is one of the leading private foundations of Europe that is known for its promotion of natural and social sciences, including public health and science, education, society and culture, and international relations. Established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung aims to advance the philanthropic and social endeavors of founder Robert Bosch (18611942).

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is unique in that it owns Robert Bosch GmbH, one of Germany's largest companies. This charitable foundation holds a 92% stake in the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH.[1] The foundation channels the share dividend it receives for charitable work exclusively, including to support general medical care, international understanding, social work, training and education.

The non-profit foundation is both operative and grant-giving. In its activities, the foundation concentrates on six subject areas: Health, Science, Education, Society, International Relations – America and Asia and International Relations – Europe and its Neighbors.

The foundation operates three facilities for health and research in Stuttgart: the Robert Bosch Hospital (Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus), the Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and the Institute for the History of Medicine, which houses the private papers of the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung administrates three other foundations: the Hans Walz Stiftung, which funds naturopathic treatment, die Otto und Edith Mühlschlegel-Stiftung, whose funds are used for projects that deal with the topic of aging and enhancing the quality of life of the elderly and the DVA-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Robert Bosch Stiftung since January 2005 and supports Franco-German relations in the fields of culture, literature and theatre.

In 2014, the Robert Bosch Stiftung established the Berlin-based Robert Bosch Academy, a multidisciplinary institution that invites distinguished public intellectuals and thinkers from across the world to be Richard von Weizsäcker Fellows in Berlin.

From 1964 to 2017, the foundation provided 1,6 billion euros in funding.[2] In 2017, it issued grants worth 100,5 million euros.[3] It is a member of the Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation (NEF).[4]


The foundation is involved in work to modernise the German healthcare system. In particular it is trying to develop more small health centres.[5]


Each year, the Robert Bosch Stiftung issues three Co-Production Prizes for joint film productions by young German filmmakers and their partners from the Arab countries. Until 2015 the Prize was awarded to filmmakers from Germany and Eastern Europe.[6] Former participants were:

Short Feature Film: I'll Go To War, But First Make Me Coffee

  • Director: Ariel Shaban (Kosovo)
  • Producer: Catharina Schreckenberg (Germany), Arben Zharku (Kosovo)

Animation: Mango Manga

  • Director: Milen Vitanov (Bulgaria)
  • Producer: Samuel Weikopf (Germany)
  • Script: Vera Trajanova (Bulgaria)
  • Music: Marian Mentrup (Germany)

Documentary: The Chosen Ones

  • Director: Arman Yeritsyan (Armenia)
  • Co-Director: Yulia Grigoryants (Armenia)
  • Producer: Fabian Gasmia (Germany)
  • Co-Producer: Yulia Grigoryants (Armenia)

Short Feature Film: Free Range

  • Director and Script Writer: Bassem Breish
  • Producer: Jacques Colman
  • Co-Producer: Katia Saleh


  1. "Robert Bosch Stiftung - The Robert Bosch Stiftung". Robert Bosch Stiftung. Archived from the original on November 28, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  4. "Network of European Foundations (NEF)" (PDF). Network of European Foundations (NEF). Oct 25, 2007. p. 5. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  5. "NHS Health Check: How Germany's healthcare system works". BBC News. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  6. Stiftung, Robert Bosch. "Robert Bosch Stiftung - The Film Prize for International Cooperation". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
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