Foundations within the Foundation

The Otto und Edith Mühlschlegel Stiftung and Hans-Walz-Stiftung are dependent foundations within the Robert Bosch Stiftung. They focus on specific issues like the challenges of aging, and naturopathy. The DVA-Stiftung supports the foundation's activities in the field of German-French relations.



DVA-Stiftung promotes the intensification of German-French dialog in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in literature and theater. This focus stems back to Robert Bosch, who strove to achieve reconciliation and friendship between Germany and France in the wake of the experiences of the First World War. DVA-Stiftung was founded in 1980 on the basis of funds provided by Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart. It became a dependent foundation within the Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2007.

The work of DVA-Stiftung focuses on two areas of support: fostering translation on the one hand and academic dialog on the other. It offers support in the form of carefully selected cooperation projects which are publicly tendered. Other than that, the foundation does not grant any individual scholarships, printing cost subsidies, or translators’ fees.

Otto und Edith Mühlschlegel

Otto und Edith Mühlschlegel Stiftung

Since 2002, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has administered the funds of the dependent Otto and Edith Mühlschlegel Stiftung in the context of its statutory purpose of promoting health care. The funds are used to examine topics related to old age and enable people to manage this period of their lives in a positive way.

In memory of the entrepreneur Otto Mühlschlegel (1898-1995), the Otto Mühlschlegel Prize is advertised biannually by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Theodor Heuss und Hans Walz
Bosch Archive


In accordance with the mandate from Robert Bosch, since its founding the foundation has viewed itself as having a duty to conduct research on natural treatments, particularly homeopathy. This research is financed from income earned on fund assets held by the Hans-Walz-Stiftung as well as from Robert Bosch Stiftung funds.

The quality and credibility of scientific studies are of crucial importance in the current debate about the effectiveness of complementary medicine and alternative therapies. This is why a summer school dedicated to the research methods used in complementary medicine was launched in 2007 in cooperation with the Charité university hospital in Berlin and the Technische Universität München (TUM - technical university of Munich) and was offered annually until 2011. Beginning in 2012, the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research has taken over its operation.

We support scientific work related to the history of homeopathy through the Hans Walz Scholarship, which allows scientists from around the world to come to Stuttgart to conduct research at the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Institute for the History of Medicine (IGM). Every two years, the institute awards the Hans Walz Research Prize for research on the history of homeopathy. The prize was awarded most recently in 2017 to Dr. Alice Kuzniar for her work „The Birth of Homeopathy out of the Spirit of Romanticism".