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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 treatises 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 Industrial and 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
    Plant Management Schweinfurt and Eltmann, Germany
    Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
  • Nadja Jäger, Administration
    Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG


Schaeffler FAG Foundation

Promoting Innovations and Competitive Performance

Four young scientists received the Schaeffler FAG Foundation’s 2016 Innovation Award.
Four young scientists received the Schaeffler FAG Foundation’s 2016 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.

Conditions of Participation

Treatises Related to Bearing Technology

The Innovation Award honors outstanding final theses in the field of bearing technology.
The Innovation Award honors outstanding final theses in the field of bearing technology.

Treatises related to bearing technology can be submitted. We refer to the definition of bearings technology and the enclosed examples of topics below.

The treatises 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 treatise 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 treatises may be submitted in German or English and should not have been completed more than three years before the application deadline.

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 treatise (complete copy)
  • Description of the treatise contents
  • (use the summary form)
  • Expert assessment on the treatise
  • Teams: Authorization


The documents should be sent to:

FAG Foundation
Georg-Schäfer-Str. 30
97421 Schweinfurt

The contents of the submitted treatises will be treated confidentially. The applicant agrees that the submitted treatise 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 treatises 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 treatise has been handed in. In the case of several equally good treatises, a division of prizes is possible.

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

Examples of themes

  • Surface Damage Behaviour of Bearing Steels in High-Speed Sliding-rolling Contact
  • Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Various Types of Restrictors for Hydrostatic Bearings
  • Development of physical / mathematical models for describing the kinematics and dynamics in rolling bearings
  • Tribology in rolling contact
  • Reaction layer formation in rolling or sliding contacts when applying suitable EP lubricants
  • Inspection technique for determining the lubricant life cycle
  • New methods in analysis and diagnostics of rolling bearing damage
  • Surface layer coating of rolling bearing components
  • Oil Film Thickness and Shape Test in Oscillating Roller Contacts
  • Vibration diagnostics for the determination of rolling bearing life cycles
  • Sensors in rolling bearings
  • Computer aided robust design of synchronus belt test rig for noise investigation
  • New methods of heat treatment of rolling bearing components
  • New methods in grinding and honing technology
  • Self-learning factory – Conditions and arrangements
  • New methods in machining of hardened materials
  • New surface techniques for metal surfaces
  • An integrative Approach to Innovation Management
  • The Role of Internet in New Product Performance
  • Marketing of machine components and services for machine industries
  • Pricing of services for machine industries
  • Extended value chain management
  • Business development and market-structure innovations
  • Cooperation with companies from foreign industrial segments for marketing preventive maintenance services for large-size bearings (paper mills, steel mills etc.)

Please use this application form and this summary form.

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