The Schaufler Foundation supports a research training group and an artist residency at the Dresden University of Technology (TU). In the Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden scientists and artists will devote themselves to interactions between the fields of technology, art, science, and entrepreneurship. Specifically, the Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden incorporates a research training group with ten PhD candidates as well as one artist-in-residence programme for international artists.


Since March 1, 2019 THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION has been financing an Endowed Chair for Compressor Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe’s Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Environmental Engineering (IKKU).On the occasion of Dr.-Ing. Robin Langebach’s appointment, THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics will hold a celebratory colloquium on Friday, April 5, 2019 with speakers from universities and economics.

The Foundation

Aim of The Schaufler Foundation

  • To promote science, research and teaching while incorporating entrepreneurship and vocational training, including financial aid for students
  • Support of science and research in the field of environmental protection
  • Promotion of art – 20th and 21st century art in particular – and culture
  • Charitable aims

Funding areas

Science and research

THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION has funded the BITZER Chair of Refrigeration, Cryogenics and Compressor Technology (formerly the Chair of Refrigeration and Compressor Technology) in the Mechanical Science and Engineering faculty of Dresden University of Technology since September 2009. As part of this agreement, financial support is provided to appoint a chair holder to full professorship in a W3 position at the Dresden University of Technology. Professor Ullrich Hesse is the current incumbent.


THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION is the funding organization of the SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen, a museum for contemporary art. Ever since it was opened in June 2010, the SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen has displayed a representative selection of the over 3.500 works in the Schaufler collection as part of its temporary exhibitions. The collection comprises German and international artists, art from the ZERO movement, minimal art, conceptual art and concrete art.

Promotion of Young Talent

The Federal Ministry for Education and Research launched the Germany Scholarship at the start of the 2011 summer semester. The Deutschlandstipendium is a national scholarship program that is based on the scholarship program act (StipG). It supports current and first-year students who exhibit the potential to achieve excellence in their studies and career. The monthly grant of 300 euros per scholarship is made up of 50 percent government money and 50 percent private donations.

THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION is also supporting the Germany Scholarship and has made agreements with three universities:

Dresden University of Technology
A total of ten subject-related and non-subject-related grants will be awarded over a period of at least three years.

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
Ten subject-related and non-subject-related grants will be provided over a period of at least three years.

University of Stuttgart
The Schaufler Foundation has also been supporting a university in its immediate vicinity since the winter semester 2013/14 and currently awards three subject-related and non-subject-related grants at the University of Stuttgart.

More information about the Germany Scholarship can be found here:

The work of the JFZ Jugendforschungszentrums Nagold has been subsidized since 2011. The JFZ brings together 30 young people to carry out independent scientific and technical experiments under professional guidance. With its financial support, The Schaufler Foundation has made an important contribution to the extracurricular promotion of young talent in the fields of science and technology.

Additional Support Measures

The Valerius-Füner-Foundation supports the education and training of engineers in the field of refrigeration and air conditioning at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and rewards the best graduates in the field of refrigeration technology every year. Since 2001 the work of the Valerius-Füner-Foundation has been supported with an annual financial contribution, first from BITZER Kühlmaschinenbau GmbH and starting 2010 from THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION.

Historische Kälte- und Klimatechnik e. V. (HKK) – Historical Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Association
Since 2012 THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION has supported the association in its aim of documenting the history of refrigeration and air conditioning technology and making it accessible to the public since 2012.

Research Projects
The Dresden University of Technology research project titled “Parallel compression using CO2 as a refrigerant” has been receiving financial support since 2012.

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