Robert Bosch Stiftung
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The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH (Robert Bosch Foundation) is one of the major German foundations associated with a private company. It holds 92% of the capital stock from Robert Bosch GmbH of 1.2 billion euros. Established in 1964, it represents the philanthropic and social endeavors of founder Robert Bosch (1861–1942).
Purpose and focus
The purpose of the foundation is exclusively non-profit. It is both operative and grant-giving. In its activities, the foundation concentrates on four subject areas:
- Health and Science
- Education, Society, and Culture
- International Relations – America and Asia
- International Relations – Europe and its Neighbors
The foundation operates three facilities for health and research in Stuttgart: the Robert Bosch Hospital (Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus), the Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and the Institute for the History of Medicine, which houses the private papers of the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung administrates three other foundations:
- the Hans Walz Stiftung, which funds naturopathic treatment.
- die Otto und Edith Mühlschlegel-Stiftung, whose funds are used for projects that deal with the topic of aging and enhancing the quality of life of the elderly.
- the DVA-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Robert Bosch Stiftung since January 2005 and supports Franco-German relations in the fields of culture, literature and theatre.
From 1964 to 2011, the foundation provided 1 billion euros in funding. In 2011, it issued grants worth 68 million euros.
Each year, the Robert Bosch Stiftung issues three Co-Production Prizes for joint film productions by young German filmmakers and their partners from either Eastern Europe or the Arab countries.
The prizes are awarded in the categories animated film, documentary, and short film. Young filmmakers in the fields of production, directing, camera, and scriptwriting are given an opportunity to explore the methods and creative styles of their partner country.
The young filmmakers should be between the ages 18 and 35. Applications must be made by teams, not individuals. The film should be produced in Germany as well as the partner country, stressing in particular the aspect of intercultural exchange.
Animation: Mango Manga Director: Milen Vitanov (Bulgaria) Producer: Samuel Weikopf (Germany) Script: Vera Trajanova (Bulgaria) Music: Marian Mentrup (Germany)
Documentary: The Chosen Ones Director: Arman Yeritsyan (Armenia) Co-Director: Yulia Grigoryants (Armenia) Producer: Fabian Gasmia (Germany) Co-Producer: Yulia Grigoryants (Armenia)