Bosch Research Foundation

Providing support for science in research and education

On the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 1986, Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, established the Robert Bosch Anniversary Foundation 1986 to promote sciences and support young talents. In 1997, the governing committee of the foundation followed the company's suggestion to honor Professor Hans L. Merkle and his achievement for Bosch by naming the foundation after him. Finally, the company expressed the wish to make its ties with the foundation visible, which resulted 2016 in its present name, Bosch Research Foundation. The foundation finances the support programs by revenues out of its capital and by donations provided by Robert Bosch GmbH.

How the Bosch Research Foundation operates and provides support

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Areas of support

The foundation aims at supporting basic research in natural and technical sciences. Thus, the research projects will generate new knowledge that provides the basis for new applications improving the quality of life in the future.

Presently, the Bosch Research Foundation supports excellent young talents working on their doctoral theses at renowned research institutes. The topics that are currently supported range from algorithms, big data and machine learning as well as material sciences to medical technology.

Stephan Rauschenbach was the first Ph.D. student receiving a grant from the Bosch Research Foundation.

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Professor Stephan Rauschenbach talks about his research project dealing with molecular electronics. He is currently working for the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research and for the University of Oxford.

Capital of the Foundation
Ca. 9 Mio. EUR

Annual grants
Ca. 620,000 EUR

Submission of applications

The foundation is not accepting any applications at present.

Presentation event with researchers funded by the Bosch Research Foundation on March 4/5, 2020 at the Renningen research campus

Board of the Bosch Research Foundation

Dr. Michael Bolle (Chair)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Kropf (Vice Chair)
Prof. Dr. Klaus Kern
Prof. Dr. Andreas Schlüter


Robert Salzmann

is member of the Deutsche Stiftungszentrum's team "Culture and International Topics" , manages foundations.

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