In 2011 Bosch awarded its first round of research grants totaling nearly $1 million, strengthening its long-standing investment in the development of energy-efficient technologies, as well as its support of leading U.S. universities. After a competitive grant selection process in 2011, the Bosch Energy Research Network
(BERN) has awarded seven grants to researchers at five leading U.S. universities, providing seed funding for cutting-edge energy research. As announced during the company's 125th anniversary year, Bosch is investing more than $10 million over eight years to support universities and energy research in North America.
First-round proposals were invited from five institutions: California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, and University of Michigan. After a two-stage selection process from a pool of 121 initial white papers, Bosch selected seven proposals to receive two-year grants of up to $150,000 per year on topics of energy conversion, energy storage, and energy usage efficiency. Proposals were evaluated on both technical merit and potential impact in the global energy landscape. Awards were made to the projects below.