2018 Report

Dear Reader,

With the current global trends and social changes, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH too has to scrutinize its work to ensure it remains effective in the future. As such, the Foundation is continuing the legacy of its founder Robert Bosch, who urged his descendants to keep searching for answers to the issues of their time.

Realignment of International Relations

In particular, the Robert Bosch Stiftung decided, after more than 50 years, to fundamentally review its support in the area of International Relations, realigning its strategy and sharpening its focus. Since the start of 2018, alongside our ongoing project work, we have been concentrating on global challenges as well as developments in philanthropy, as a basis for developing new topics for international funding. In Summer 2019, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees decides on the future direction of our International Relations support.

A portal for more good schools

Our aspiration to achieve a stronger systemic impact through our work is also demonstrated in a new project we launched in May 2018: the German School Portal. As the latest offering in connection with the German School Award, it provides current information on schools and teaching, educational policy, and scientific research. The focus of the portal are the innovative pedagogical concepts of schools that have won the German School Award since 2006. These practical concepts are refined by the German School Academy and made available to all schools via the German School Portal. A cycle that spreads and reinforces good school practice.

Bosch Health Campus – the largest single investment in the Foundation’s history

At the end of 2018, the shareholders of the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH made a key decision on the future direction of the Foundation’s health funding. The Bosch Health Campus – a new center for state-of-the-art, patient-oriented medicine, emphasizing treatment, research, and training – is scheduled for completion by 2025 on the site of the Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart. The total volume of the investment is over 600 million euros. The Robert Bosch Stiftung is providing approximately 250 million euros for the construction and furnishing of the facility and will support its medical research with a further 120 million euros until 2025. This makes the Bosch Health Campus the largest single investment in the Foundation’s history.

Over 150 million euros for non-profit purposes

Altogether in 2018, the Robert Bosch Stiftung approved more than 250 new projects in its support areas of International Relations, Health, Science and Research, Education, and Society. Together with the institutional funding of its subsidiaries, such as the Robert Bosch Hospital and its medical research association, last year’s funding amounted to a total of 153 million euros. For an extensive presentation of our strategy in the support areas as well as our project reports, please see our website.

We would like to thank the Foundation’s staff and many partners who supported our work in 2018 with great commitment.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall, Sandra Breka and Dr. Hans-Werner Cieslik
Board of Management of the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH