The Robert Bosch Stiftung

Report 2016

Dear Reader,

"The world is more chaotic than it has been for quite some time." This statement was made by the former German Foreign Minister and current Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier in October 2016. Crises and conflicts are arising at an unexpected pace and intensity that no one could have anticipated.

What do these conditions mean for the work of the Robert Bosch Stiftung? How can we respond to these challenges with our resources and expertise? How can we make a meaningful contribution to a sustainable and peaceful development of society - both in Germany and abroad? How can we increase our effectiveness?

These questions were the starting point for a strategic development process that started back in 2015 and whose results have been guiding our work since 2016. One core result of this process was the definition of three focus areas:
  • Migration, Integration, and Inclusion
  • Societal Cohesion
  • Sustainable Living Spaces

With these focus areas, the Foundation will be taking on three major social challenges over the coming years with its activities. The focus areas supplement our traditional areas of support - health, science, society, education, and international relations - while providing orientation for the development of new projects.

You will find detailed reports on our activities in both the focus areas and areas of support on the following pages.

Current information on our strategies regarding various topics, the individual projects, and the developments at our subsidiary institutions can be viewed at any time on our website and/or the websites of the institutions.

We would like to thank all of the employees and partners of the Foundation who have supported our work with great commitment throughout 2016.

Uta-Micaela Dürig                   Dr. Joachim Rogall

 

Focus Areas
Migration, Integration, and Inclusion
The focus area Migration, Integration, and Inclusion goes hand in hand with the integration projects and programs that the Foundation has been running for many years now. Back in 2015, when the increase in refugees could not yet be foreseen, the Foundation assembled the Robert Bosch Expert Commission to Consider a Realignment of Refugee Policy. Under the leadership of the former Integration Minister of North-Rhine Westphalia Armin Laschet, ten high-ranking representatives from politics, business, and society developed specific proposals to reform Germany’s refugee policies. This came at just the right time. Some of the commission’s recommendations, which were previously published in thematic dossiers, were used to help formulate the integration legislation of 2016. The final report, which contained 99 recommendations, received broad public attention after being presented as part of the Federal Press Conference in Berlin in early April 2016 and continues to influence discussions on these matters today.

Recommendations from the Expert Committee Included in Integration Legislation
The report was also one of the discussion topics at the all-day forum Refugees in Germany: Enabling Integration - Strengthening Solidarity hosted jointly by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and then Federal President Joachim Gauck at Schloss Bellevue in April 2016. About 200 professionals and decision-makers discussed the challenges of integrating refugees and the conditions necessary for social cohesion at the forum. "Integration is a process in which a lot of people, and as many as possible, should participate. What we need are initiatives and impulses from the masses - a real commitment from civil society," said Gauck in his address to open the event.

Parallel to the work with the expert commission, the Robert Bosch Stiftung continued its support for the inclusion of refugees while particularly expanding its funding for practical initiatives. In addition to assistance in the areas of crisis management and initial care, medium-term strategies and approaches for implementation were highly sought in many communities. Here, the focus was and is on stabilizing and enhancing the quality of the voluntary work being done for and by refugees as well as on facilitating interactions between refugees and locals. In this way, we are supporting the establishment of community institutions and offerings for new target groups and thereby the opportunity for all people living in Germany to participate in society. Target groups of our work include administrative, educational, health, and cultural institutions, civic organizations, volunteers, and refugees.

Equal Opportunities! Location Established in Freiburg
We are also contributing to improved integration with our expertise in the area of education in early childhood. In the qualification program Equal Opportunities!, educational professionals are trained to recognize diversity as a resource for processes in early childhood education. The Robert Bosch Stiftung initiated the program together with the Zentrum für Kinder- und Jugendforschung (ZfKJ) at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Freiburg. Its goal is to provide greater equality of opportunity to children with foreign backgrounds. These children are still significantly affected by limited educational opportunities, developmental risks, and poverty, however. The program supports educational professionals at preschools and day care centers in using the resources and strengths that children and families bring to the table from their own cultures, languages, and living environments for educational processes. During a pilot phase that spanned a period of two years, 28 preschools participated in team training and consultations on real-world situations. The next step followed in May 2016. The Equal Opportunities! location opened at the ZfKJ in Freiburg. Its goal is to establish a nationwide network of key communicators who pass on the content and methods created in the Equal Opportunities! program to further day care centers. Additionally, the location advises and qualifies individuals and institutions and is also currently working on the development of a website for the presentation of the materials.

The topic of migration and integration was also a key focus in our international work. Together with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI), the Foundation has been supporting the "Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange" since the spring of 2016. It provides a forum for German and American migration specialists to exchange good practices. An additional goal of the exchange is to create a sustainable transatlantic welcoming culture network between all participating municipalities. The program is led by Cultural Vistas, the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America, and Welcoming America. Municipalities were specifically selected based on their experience with immigration. Those that either played a pioneering role in the area of​integration or had little experience were preferred. After two study trips in April and September 2016, the participants from nine municipalities met for a workshop symposium in Berlin to share the newly acquired impressions and impulses and to transform them into concrete concepts.

Richard von Weizsäcker Fellows Experience the Reality of German Integration Policy
Multilateral and international exchange on issues of migration and security policy as well as on the integration and inclusion of refugees in society and the labor market was also the goal of the first study trip of the Robert Bosch Academy in September 2016. Under the motto "Germany and the Refugee Story," 25 former, current, and future Richard von Weizsäcker Fellows traveled through Germany for six days. In Berlin, Bautzen, Dresden, Cologne, and Stuttgart, the fellows gained their own impression regarding the reality of Germany’s integration policy. They also met representatives from politics, the media, business, and civil society to discuss current challenges in dealing with migration. This exchange enriched both sides as the fellows regularly brought new ideas into the discussions thanks to their great expertise, varied perspectives, and thoughtful questions.
Social Cohesion
What holds us together? And how can we strengthen these binding ties within society? These are the key issues we examine in this focus area. In a world that continues to become more diverse and in which old structures such as families and clubs are losing their power to unite, there are numerous potential breaking points: between young and old, haves and have-nots, urban and rural, religious and nonreligious, Christian and Muslim. The more people commit themselves to and assume responsibility for the common good, the stronger the "social glue" that holds our society together will be. For this reason, the Robert Bosch Stiftung supports a wide range of civil-society initiatives, such as the Initiative Offene Gesellschaft, which was set up in 2016. It supports the constructive shaping of social diversity, taking a clear stance for solidarity and against the exclusion of minorities. In order to encourage smaller initiatives, groups, and associations to participate with their own activities, these are invited to apply for funding. Material costs for projects that strengthen social cohesion or promote tolerance, diversity, and democracy are covered by the funding.

A danger to social cohesion is the increasing spread of misanthropic and right-wing extremist views in Germany. These ideas can even be found among students and trainees. In cooperation with the Saxon ministry for culture and TU Dresden, the "Strong Teachers - Strong Students" project allows teachers at vocational schools to participate in a three-year qualification and coaching process. Here, they receive basic information on right-wing youth culture and are equipped with the necessary tools to enable them to react properly when they themselves are faced with right-wing views among their students.

Every Student Should Have the Opportunity for an International Exchange
Even more broad and foundational is our approach to supporting international student and youth exchanges. Against the backdrop of the refugee crisis, EU disputes, and increasing right-wing populism, we have set ourselves the goal of strengthening and highlighting the social potential of international exchanges for students and youths. The encounters generated by the exchange programs promote openness, tolerance, and a willingness to engage in society. The aim of the Mobility of Mind in School Exchange project is to promote conditions that would make it possible for every student to participate in an exchange. The project, which began as a loose community of like-minded stakeholders, became a powerful institution with its own transfer office in 2016 with the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Children and young people growing up in social hot spots require special attention. It is precisely these communities that need good schools. With effective concepts, they need to offer the best possible conditions for learning, provide support and guidance, and thereby make a decisive contribution to the equality of opportunity in Germany. The Robert Bosch Stiftung develops practical and effective strategies for action together with the local stakeholders. Together with Berlin’s Senate Department for Education, Youth, and Science, we launched the "School Turnaround - Berliner Schulen starten durch" project in 2013. Over the course of four years, ten schools receive tailored support to help them better fulfill their educational mission. We also connect stakeholders in Germany, particularly representatives of school administrations, school supervisory bodies, and model projects, to enable the sharing of expertise and promote the development of necessary skills for the effective support of schools in critical situations. The aim is to provide schools with appropriate support for their development at an early stage. The network, which was launched in 2016, gives the stakeholders insights into the solutions offered by other federal states and can learn from each other.
Sustainable Living Spaces
In this focus area, we concentrate on contributing to the sustainable improvement of quality of life in both urban and rural areas. Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. The United Nations predicts that this will increase to two-thirds by the year 2050. In order to serve as viable places to live, however, cities have to offer more than work, living space, and infrastructure. They must be able to provide living conditions for residents from different social strata, cultures, and religions in a limited space. At the same time, due to the migration of people into urban areas and a therefore increasingly older population, rural areas are faced with a difficult task: the variety of offerings and quality of life are decreasing, and educational and health care institutions are often difficult to reach.

In our projects, we are focusing on two aspects: natural and social science research specifically on the subject of sustainability and an active civil society that assumes responsibility for creating and sustaining a thriving local community.

With the Land Reclaimers program, the Robert Bosch Stiftung supports citizens from the shrinking regions of eastern Germany who proactively use creative ideas to promote the future viability and quality of life of their respective regions. The program is so successful that we could welcome eighteen new participants in the third round of tendering in 2016. In addition to this, four new Land Reclaimers from the Federal States are coming together for the first time - with the financial support of and in cooperation with the states of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Brandenburg.

A functioning living space also needs effective, high-quality health care. In 2016, the Robert Bosch Stiftung selected eight initiatives from the PORT program that have developed concepts for regional health centers for primary and long-term care.

The five most promising ones will be implemented in the coming years. In line with local demand, multiprofessional teams will provide patient-oriented care. The representatives of the initiatives saw some successful examples firsthand on a joint study trip to Canada.

New Ideas for Designing City Life
The funding program "SPIELRAUM" is about developing new concepts for urban living. In 2016, German researchers from diverse disciplines were invited to apply for the program and jointly develop new ideas for living together in the city of the future. The program started with a 24-hour workshop in Berlin. Each of the 13 teams were then given €20,000 to flesh out their project ideas. Implementation of the most promising research projects will be sponsored by the Robert Bosch Stiftung with over one million euros in 2017.

Two other programs of the Robert Bosch Stiftung are also devoted to the theme of the city at the international level. The project Baladiya - New Paths in Urban Development is aimed at Algerian, Moroccan, and Tunisian specialists in the field of urban development. They exchange experience and expertise with regard to conceptual, administrative, and scientific questions among themselves and with German specialists. In September 2016, a joint seminar took place in Algiers - the first, visible step towards opening the program for Algeria.

The City Makers project is a German-Chinese venture. The aim of this project is to network professionals who are committed to the sustainable design of their cities, exchange good practice models, and jointly launch new projects. We are pursuing a holistic approach that combines the technical aspects of urban development with social innovation, culture, and other factors that give cities a high quality of life.
Around 100 experts from 14 Chinese and 12 German cities took part in the 2016 City Makers meeting.

From a global perspective, preserving and designing living spaces is probably toughest in Africa. Natural catastrophes, poverty, and wars impact the lives of many Africans and this is the most prominent image many people around the world have for the continent. But apart from the catastrophes, many African countries have developed considerably. In line with this progress, the Robert Bosch Stiftung developed a strategy for sub-Saharan Africa in 2016. It is based on two central approaches: on the one hand, the strengthening of participatory processes should contribute to social integration and improve the inclusion of diverse stakeholders into social decision-making processes. On the other, we want to contribute to a differentiated perception of the African continent in Germany and Europe (and vice versa) with our efforts.

Establishing Africa as an International Science Location
In March 2016, the first lighthouse project took place in the Senegalese capital of Dakar - the Next Einstein Forum (NEF). The aim of the first pan-African interdisciplinary scientific conference was to highlight Africa as a dynamically growing location for science on the international stage, allow researchers to network and promote the development of the African continent. At the initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS), more than 500 international participants from science, research, business, and politics attended. Fifteen of the best young African researchers presented their ideas to the international audience as part of the conference. Not only did they leave the event with new contacts and strengthened motivation, but many believe that the next Einstein is highly likely to come from Africa. The second Next Einstein Forum will take place in Rwanda in 2018.

 
Areas of Support
The Robert Bosch Stiftung also achieved important milestones in its areas of support in 2016.
Health
Cancer is the second-most-common cause of death after cardiovascular disease. The World Health Organization expects the number of annual new cases to rise to about 20 million by 2025. In order to support the fight against the disease, the Robert Bosch Stiftung forged a special alliance against cancer in 2016 together with the Robert Bosch Hospital (RBK) and the Bosch Group. A central component of this alliance is the new Robert Bosch tumor center (RBCT) in Stuttgart and the planned cooperation with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). The RBCT will become part of the Robert Bosch Hospital and will strengthen the area of cancer research, enabling patients to undergo individualized therapy using modern precision oncology. The Robert Bosch Stiftung is supporting the construction of the RBCT with a total of €24 million through 2020. The funding is earmarked for the construction of a study center and the expansion of the medical team with additional experts. In addition, two foundation professorships are planned to support research activities in these areas.

In cooperation with Bielefeld University and the AOK-Bundesverband, Germany’s association of public health insurers, the Robert Bosch Stiftung promoted the development of a national action plan on the topic of health literacy in 2016. German Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe is the sponsor of the endeavor. Among other things, this cooperation is driven by the realization that many Germans have problems understanding the instructions provided with their medications and health information disseminated in the media. This is associated with a higher risk of illness. After an in-depth problem analysis, an expert group will identify target actions and develop strategies to improve the health competency of the German population. The results and recommended actions are to be finalized by the end of 2017.
Science
Our society is decisively shaped by science. At the same time, science must be firmly anchored in society in order to reach its full potential. As many people as possible must be able to understand scientific results and engage in debates on relevant questions – especially as these often concern central social issues. Highlighting this connection between science and society requires good science journalists. The Robert Bosch Stiftung has been promoting excellent journalism on scientific subjects for many years - for instance, through its Science Journalism Master Class program. Within the framework of this program, the Reporter-Forum and the Robert Bosch Stiftung provided a second opportunity to test future-oriented working methods in 2016/17. After a two-day continuing education forum in May, the 30 participants were able to apply for scholarships for the implementation of their projects. The program was a success: the sponsored projects received numerous nominations and awards, including the Grimme Online Award.

The exchange on scientific issues of social relevance is facilitated by the Berlin Science Talks. At the invitation of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, experts discussed matters in a confidential environment. In 2016, the talks were held under the title "Make Science, not War! The Role of Science Diplomacy in the 21st Century." Here, the political significance of science diplomacy was discussed – a highly relevant subject in view of the increasing conflicts in the world. Among the attendees was the South African Science and Education Minister Naledi Pandor. 
Society
German society is getting smaller and older, but also more diverse. In light of these developments, the Robert Bosch Stiftung wishes to help as many people as possible gain an equal stake in community life. This also applies to Muslims - regardless of the current refugee situation. Cooperation between local institutions, church leaders, and Islamic organizations regularly faces obstacles. Where and with which stakeholders is cooperation possible?

What common goals are there, which potentials can be strengthened, and how can potential barriers or reservations be overcome? The Partnership with Muslims in Baden-Württemberg – Information, Advice, Dialog project provides specialist expertise and advice for municipalities and Islamic associations in Baden-Württemberg. It aims to contribute to the success of communication and strengthen competencies at the local level. Around 50 consultations took place in 2016. The range of topics is very diverse, ranging from mosque construction and Islamic burial to youth work and various questions about dealing with Muslim refugees.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is convinced that experiencing culture and your own artistic creativity is an important building block for personal development. This also applies to the smallest individuals. The Art and Games program supports cultural institutions where young children can creatively experience art. Institutions from the fields of the performing and visual arts, music, media, and film develop formats in partnership with preschools and elementary schools where "Arts and Culture Right from the Start" is diversely and age-appropriately brought to life.
Education
The German School Award celebrated its tenth anniversary in June 2016. The Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Heidehof Stiftung launched the award in 2006 to recognize the excellent work being done in schools throughout Germany. The German School Award makes these schools visible and encourages others to emulate them. It is the most popular, most demanding, and most generously endowed award for schools in the country. Over the last ten years, it has given sustained impetus to the German educational landscape and led to the emergence of a movement of schools committed to excellence. The winner of the award and its €100,000 in prize money in 2016 was the Grundschule auf dem Süsteresch elementary school in Schüttorf, Lower Saxony. The school representatives received the award from the hands of then Foreign Minister and today’s Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier. On the occasion of the ten-year anniversary of the German School Award, the Robert Bosch Stiftung also published a detailed description of the six quality areas underlying the award for the first time.

The new handbook "Gute Schule - Sechs Qualitätsbereiche für zukunftsweisende Praxis" was developed jointly by researchers and school administrators. The winning schools served as examples of good practice for the authors. From their experiences and the current state of research, they formulated how good schools can succeed. After only three months, the book was already sold out and reprinted in a second edition.

Together with the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung, the Bertelsmann Stiftung, and the Siemens Stiftung, and sponsored by Stiftung Mercator, we founded the Forum Education and Digitalisation in 2016. The partners are convinced that digital media can help meet educational challenges - such as improved interaction with diverse learning groups. In this and other ways, digital technology can help improve our education system and promote greater inclusion and equal opportunities. The forum provides a platform for politics, science, business, and society to bring together the various discussions on digitization in education and contribute to a pedagogically meaningful strategy for the German education system. Initially, the foundations are focusing on school education, while other areas of education are to be added later. Their work is concentrating on the focus areas of personal learning with digital media, competences for the digitized world, change management, and organizational development. In the first phase, the initiative will hold dialog forums, symposia, and workshops. Furthermore, the initiative is seeking good school concepts for personalized learning with digital media throughout Germany. The aim is to highlight these and find out what framework conditions and structures are necessary to successfully implement these concepts on a broad scale.
International Relations
Peace
The number of internal and international conflicts has increased in recent years. By providing support for individual projects in southeastern Europe, we became directly active in a conflict region for the first time in the mid-1990s. Initially, the focus was mainly on understanding and reconciliation after conflicts. With the decision in 2014 to increasingly engage in conflict and post-conflict societies, the topics of mediation, truth, justice, and remembrance as well as conflict prevention were at the center of our support. Within the framework of strategy development, the Foundation has since supported more than 110 exemplary projects without regional restrictions in (post-)conflict societies.

A contribution to the transfer of experiences between peace stakeholders from around the world was made by the Berlin Seminar: Truth, Justice & Remembrance - an annual study trip on the topic of remembrance culture. In November 2016, representatives from civil organizations and journalists from 18 countries took part in a two-week seminar program at the invitation of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The seminar aimed to provide them with insight into the approaches, methods, and current challenges surrounding the process of coming to terms with the past in Germany. The participants visited memorial sites and met witnesses, experts, politicians, and civil representatives and collected numerous suggestions for dealing with similar topics in their home countries.

Europe
A lively and open debate about the future of Europe is particularly important at a time where the idea of European unity is increasingly being questioned. The Robert Bosch Stiftung has set itself the goal of involving voices in this debate that have so far been underrepresented. With educational programs, we directly reach young people who previously had little to do with the politics of the EU and its neighboring countries. We support committed citizens and civil organizations in their efforts to engage in cross-border activities and develop European awareness beyond formal institutions. And we foster an exchange among the people of Europe in order to break down prejudices and negotiate common European values. We started an intensive discussion on Europe at the Leipzig Book Fair. With the title "Europe21 - Thinking tomorrow’s society," writers, researchers, journalists, and civil representatives from different countries discuss the future of the continent. To start the three-year program focus, in 2016 they discussed the background of refugee movements and the associated challenges. In various event formats, they highlighted different facets of immigration and integration as well as the role of literature, media, and religion.

Our START - Create Cultural Change program is a sign of solidarity in Europe. The training and fellowship program is aimed specifically at young cultural managers in Greece and supports them in developing initiatives in their local environment. The aim of START is to create new prospects for young people by promoting exchange and innovation in the field of social culture and thereby strengthening social cohesion. After launching in the fall of 2015, the program was able to recognize 12 projects and gain new patrons in 2016.

The goal of "School Bridge Europe" is to heighten students’ awareness of their national and European identity and motivate them to engage with the European idea. The hope is that early awareness will lead to increased political participation. A total of 230 pupils from 12 countries took part in 2016. In four joint project weeks at different locations in Germany, they initially developed a brief history of their respective home countries and presented these to the other groups. Next, they discussed their vision for Europe guided by the question "What will the European Union be like in 2030?" Discussions with politicians, journalists, and committee members of the Deutsche Nationalstiftung and other European personalities rounded off the agenda.

Transatlantic Relations
The 2016 election campaign in the USA and the victory of Donald Trump have further divided American society, altered transatlantic relations, and presented new challenges. This development has given us an opportunity to expand our efforts on these relationships, which we have been supporting for more than 30 years.

Our partnership with the Brookings Institution, one of the oldest and most prestigious think tanks in Washington, is crucial in these efforts. Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, who has been working as a Robert Bosch Senior Fellow at Brookings since 2014, was an expert in high demand during the election year. In numerous media pieces and events, she analyzed the political and social developments on both sides of the Atlantic and helped foster understanding between the two sides. The cooperation with the Brookings Institution will be further expanded with the aim of launching a new initiative to strengthen transatlantic relations.

As an honest broker across the Atlantic, the Robert Bosch Stiftung also managed to organize a four-day conference in May 2016 for 24 German, American, and Russian politicians together with the Aspen Institute Deutschland e.V. The conference focused on foreign policy and security policy matters. The aim was to provide parliamentarians with a framework for a confidential and nonpartisan exchange and to revive the political dialog between the three countries - particularly in times of tense relations. The project is to be continued in the coming years in close connection with the Transatlantic Strategy Group of the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) and the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

Asia
Cross-border networking and cooperation between civil societies is a central concern of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. That is why we support new ideas and impulses in transnational dialog with our projects. Since 2012, the ChangemakerXchange program has been bringing young people together from Turkey, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa to collaborate on innovative solutions for social, environmental, and social problems. In 2016, we expanded the program to include East and Southeast Asia with a summit in Japan. The selected changemakers were given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of social entrepreneurship and develop their own initiatives. Particularly innovative, cross-border project ideas are financially supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The multilateral approach has proven successful and is to be continued in 2017.

Editors in chief and other high-ranking media representatives came together at the seventh Media Forum China - Germany in 2016. The trip to the ancient Chinese imperial city of Xi’an focused on topics like the potential of China’s new Silk Road initiative and the challenges of demographic change in China and Germany. The Chinese and German participants have developed trust over the years so that sensitive issues can be discussed openly and constructively. The new trilateral media forum took place for the first time in May 2017, which high-ranking US media representatives also attended.

 
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Picture Gallery 2016

Take a look at some of the photos of our projects and events from 2015. The photos show highlights such as the award ceremony of the German School Award, the first Next Einstein Forum in Dakar, and the joint forum titled Refugees in Germany: Enabling Integration - Strengthening Solidarity with then Federal President Joachim Gauck.

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Photos of the Year

Foundation in Figures

The annual financial statement as of December 31, 2016, which was prepared in accordance with commercial accounting rules, was reviewed by the auditing firm Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Stuttgart, and given an unqualified auditor’s opinion. Accordingly, the annual financial statement provides a fair and accurate view of the current net assets, financial position, and results of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, taking into account the principles of sound accounting.

The share held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH in the capital stock of Robert Bosch GmbH remained unchanged at 92%, or €5,055 million. The foundation received dividends of €126.8 million from this share. Overall, €163.6 million were available, of which €19.1 million came from the reversal of provisions from investment grants for a subsidiary. These were accounted for in the reserves at the same amount to ensure uniform presentation.

In the 2016 reporting year, dependent foundations had inflows from interest income and other income in the amount of €3.4 million.

Approvals granted by the Board of Trustees and the Board of Management of the foundation for third-party and internal projects amounted to €74.9 million. This also includes the €14.1 million in funding provided for research at the Robert Bosch Hospital, the Dr. Margarete Fischer Bosch Institute for Clinical Pharmacology, the Institute for the History of Medicine, and the Robert Bosch tumor center.

A total of €46.2 million was used for special measures and investments in the Robert Bosch Hospital that were not covered by the funding provided by the state under the Krankenhausfinanzierungsgesetz (German hospital financing act - KHG) - including the special item of €19.1 million mentioned above. The UWC Robert Bosch College was granted funding in the amount of €1.2 million; the German School Academy was supported with €3.1 million. The dependent Otto and Edith Muhlschlegel Stiftung received €1.2 million. Dependent foundations promoted projects with funding totaling €2.5 million.

A total of €20.8 million was spent on staff, administration, and communication during the reporting year.

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