The Support We Offer

The Support We Offer

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is a charitable organization. We pursue our aims in a nonpartisan and independent manner. Our projects and programs tackle social challenges in order to develop solutions and bring about change. We also support third-party projects that are submitted to us and that correspond with our funding goals.

We are active in five areas of support:

Practical Relevance and Quality

The Robert Bosch Stiftung takes on social discussions and problems as early as possible in order to illustrate exemplary solutions and generate impetus that can be harnessed by others. Cooperative agreements with our partners – other foundations and state and private institutions – promote the exchange of experiences and a practical approach. They also increase the amount of financial support for projects. Depending on the issue and the associated strategic direction, we decide whether to implement a project ourselves or whether to seek cooperation with a partner organization.

When implementing our projects, we are committed to high standards of quality. We maintain transparency in our activities and welcome critical dialog both internally and externally. Our aim is to be a reliable, upstanding partner, which is why we scrutinize and examine the benefit of each project in light of our quality standards and our associated commitment to quality assurance. This includes ensuring that projects are implemented in an efficient and cost-effective way on the basis of a binding cost and financing plan.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung employs a wide variety of methods in order to achieve its objectives. These include:
  • Competitions                
  • Conferences/round tables
  • Exchange programs
  • Prizes                                     
  • Programs for Journalists
  • Scholarships                 
  • Studies                                              
  • Study trips                              

We support people who are dedicated and prepared to shoulder responsibility. We offer them scope for their ideas and set up platforms for exchange between cultures and decision-makers as well as for national and international knowledge transfer. Alongside funding for scholarship holders, we also work with multipliers who ensure that our projects have a wide-reaching effect. These include journalists, researchers, teachers, educationalists, social workers, and medical specialists.

We do not fund any of the following:
  • Building projects, investments, manufacturing facilities
  • Ongoing infrastructure costs
  • Projects that have been proposed in the past
  • Individual scholarships outside of our fellowship programs (no scholarships for vocational training, degree programs, internships, doctoral programs)
  • Casework (e.g. treatment costs, car costs)
  • Printing costs
  • Evaluation measures outside the scope of projects carried out or supported by the Foundation
  • Projects that are not transferable (individual case, no transfer possible), not sustainable (no follow-up opportunities), and/or not innovative

Furthermore, specific exclusion criteria apply for certain areas of support. These can be found on the page for the area of support concerned.

As a foundation that offers support, we are open to new project ideas, provided they are a good fit with our areas of activity and funding principles. It has to be possible to clearly state the objectives of the project idea.

In order to be able to quickly and appropriately process your application, we have developed a procedure that comprises two key stages.
Applicants start by submitting a written inquiry in which they briefly outline their project idea and its financing by answering a series of set questions. We will get in touch with you after about four weeks. If we wish to pursue the project further, you will receive an invitation to submit a grant request. We only accept grant requests that we have invited in this way. The invitation itself does not constitute a preliminary decision with respect to funding for your project.