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Innovation Award

The Schaeffler FAG Foundation is an incorporated public foundation with headquarters in Schweinfurt/Germany and was established in 1983. It was established in 1983 and is led by the Schaeffler Group today. The foundation object is the promotion of science, research and teaching in the field of scientific engineering related to bearing technology. Bearings technology incorporates rolling bearings, plain bearings and magnetic bearings in mechanical engineering and the automotive and aerospace industries for both rotary and linear motion, and the developments, applications and processes associated with it.

Innovation Award

Promotion Concept and Foundation Bodies

Schaeffler FAG Stiftung

Promotion concept

  • Scientific theses from the field of bearing engineering by offering the Innovation Award.
  • Promotion of school development
  • Honorary Award

Foundation bodies

Foundation council

  • Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann, Chairwoman
    Co-owner of the INA-Holding Schaeffler GmbH & Co. KG
    Deputy Chairperson of the Supervisory Board
  • Lic.oec. HSG Georg F. W. Schaeffler, JD/LLM
    Owner of the INA-Holding Schaeffler GmbH & Co. KG
    Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG
  • Klaus Rosenfeld
    Chief Executive Officer
    Schaeffler AG
  • Professor Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher
    Laboratory for Machine Tools
    RWTH Aachen
  • Professor Dr.-Ing. Udo Lindemann
    Chair of Product Development
    TU München
  • Professor Dr. Robert Grebner, Deputy Chairman
    President University of Applied Sciences
  • Professor Dr. Sandro Wartzack
    Chair of Engineering Design
    FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Foundation Board

  • Andreas Hamann, Chairman Foundation Board
    Senior Vice President HR Europe
  • Dr. Stefan Spindler
    Member of the Executive Board Schaeffler AG
    CEO Industrial
  • Dietmar Heinrich
    Member of the Executive Board Schaeffler AG
    Chief Financial Officer


  • Dr. Josef Scheller, Foundation Manager
    Manager Supply Chain Management
    Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
  • Nadja Jäger, Administration
    Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG


Schaeffler FAG Foundation

Promoting Innovations and Competitive Performance

Six young scientists received the Schaeffler FAG Foundation’s 2018 Innovation Award.
Six young scientists received the Schaeffler FAG Foundation’s 2018 Innovation Award.

The Schaeffler FAG Foundation promotes science, research and teaching in the field of scientific engineering related to bearing technology.

The foundation breaches the gap between industry and science by awarding the ideas, visions and goals of those working at the universities, in research and business.

The Foundation promotes innovations and competitive performance. In serving its aims, it offers the Innovation Award valued at a total of up to € 20.000 for outstanding treatises.

Applications for the annual award can be submitted by June 30.

One extension

Deadline: September 15, 2019
Expert assessment can be submitted

Conditions of Participation

Treatises Related to Bearing Technology

Theses related to bearing technology can be submitted. We refer to the definition of bearings technology in the designated competetive conditions.

The thesis may have been drawn up by individual natural persons or by teams. In the case of teams consisting of natural persons, the team has to nominate an authorized person to represent the team against Schaeffler FAG Foundation in all actions.

If the thesis has been drawn up in the context of a scientific institute, a company or a similar institution, the corresponding consent with the participation in this competition is required.

The thesis may be submitted in German or English.

Applications are to be directed to the Schaeffler FAG Foundation by the announced application deadline.


The following documents must be submitted along with an application:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Curriculum vitae/photography
  • Scientific-engineering thesis (complete copy)
  • Description of the thesis contents (use the standard form)
  • Expert assessment on the thesis
  • Teams: Authorization


The documents should be sent by post to:

Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
Schaeffler FAG Foundation
z. Hd. Nadja Jäger
Georg-Schäfer-Str. 30
97421 Schweinfurt

or by email to:

The contents of the submitted thesis will be treated confidentially. The applicant agrees that the submitted thesis be passed on to the founder for inspection and for utilization, should the occasion arise.

The foundation and the Schaeffler Group will handle the submitted thesis with care. However no liability will be accepted for its loss, damage or unauthorized usage by third parties.

The awarding of prizes will be decided by the foundation committee of the Schaeffler FAG Foundation.

The judges' decision is final.

We reserve the right to renounce on the awarding of prizes if no prize-worthy thesis has been handed in. In the case of several equally good thesis, a division of prizes is possible.

The conditions of entry are accepted as binding on submitting the application.

Broad subject areas

  • Rolling, plain and magnetic bearings for mechanical engineering, automotive and aerospace industry
  • Rotative as well as linear movement
  • Mechanical and mechatronical solutions
  • Theses with relation to Industry 4.0
  • Consideration of the complete life cycle

Please use this application form and this summary form.

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