“Major Challenges need Science”
In response to the dynamic changes taking place around the world, complex social challenges, and new developments in philanthropy, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH has realigned its focus over the past two years. This strategic development aims to increase the efficacy of the Foundation’s support. In part, this will be achieved by integrating relevant scientific findings more closely into the work of the Foundation. This was decided by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees when they met in early July 2020.
“Major challenges need science,” emphasized Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall, President of the Board of Management of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. “To make sure that our work can contribute effectively to society, it must be based on relevant scientific findings. Going forward, this belief will guide us in all topics, areas, and institutions of the Foundation.”
To this end, science and research will be integrated in all of the Foundation’s areas of support from 2021. As part of the Strategic Partnerships and the Robert Bosch Academy, a unit spanning all support areas will coordinate the Foundation’s scientific focus, as well as that of its institutions, and will further develop the Foundation’s role as a catalyst for science and a mediator between science and society. Moreover, with support from renowned, independent external scientists, Dr. Wünning Tschol will advise the Board of Management on scientific issues. The Foundation will also expand its support for medical research further, providing 120 million euros for the newly established Bosch Health Campus in Stuttgart by 2025.
In late 2019, the Foundation announced that, going forward, it would be working on ten topics. The new topics are:
- A health care system for the future and people in the health care system – in the support area of Health;
- Learning and school development – in the support area of Education;
- Democracy and immigration society, as well as peace, climate change, migration, and inequality – in the support areas of Active Citizenship and International Understanding and Cooperation.