Guest in Bellevue Palace

Guest in Bellevue Palace

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Foundation in 2007, the award ceremony was held at Bellevue Palace – in the presence of the Federal President, Patron of the Foundation, and the former Federal Minister of Health.

Our History

The Robert Koch Foundation has been supporting scientific research for over 100 years

2013 The new Robert Koch Prize for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention, endowed with 50,000 Euros, is introduced; First award winner is Prof. Dr. Helge Karch from Münster University
2007 The Robert Koch Foundation is 100 years old. To celebrate this anniversary, the prize-giving ceremony is held in Schloss Bellvue at the invitation of the then Federal President Horst Köhler, the Foundation’s Patron
2002 The seat of the Robert Koch Foundation moves from Bonn to Berlin
1998 First award of the three Post-doctoral Prizes for Microbiology, Virology and Immunology awarded to outstanding young scientists
1981 Introduction of the Stadt Clausthal-Zellerfeld Award, The prizewinner is proposed by the Robert Koch Foundation and the prize is awarded to outstanding your scientists every two years
1974 The Robert Koch Gold Medal is awarded for the first time in recognition of the outstanding life’s work of scientist in the field of infectiology, immunology and microbiology
1960 Robert Koch award is given for the first time to researchers for their groundbreaking international scientific discoveries particularly in the field of infectiology and immunology
1960 On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Robert Koch, the Foundation resumes its activities, now in the legal form of an association
1935 On May 21st, on the 25th anniversary of the death of Robert Koch, the Robert Koch Foundation to Combat Tuberculosis is renewed, without, however, being able to operate in the turmoil of the Second World War
1929 The Foundation’s capital is lost through inflation and on 26 January, the Foundation is dissolved by decree of the State Minister
1909 The first recipient of a grant was the man whose name the Foundation bears: Robert Koch is awarded 20,000 marks from the Foundation’s funds for his tuberculosis research
1907 Establishment of the “Robert Koch Foundation to Combat Tuberculosis”. A successful appeal for donations laid an initial secure material foundation. Andrew Carnegie alone donated 500,000 gold marks.
1905 Robert Koch is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
1882 Discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium by Robert Koch