The 10,000€ Carl Freudenberg Prize is awarded to promote science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). It is awarded every two years for the best scientific work with a scientific-technical background. Selection is made by a multidisciplinary KIT panel on the basis of scientific excellence and potential industrial value. The prize has been awarded since 1951. The Freudenberg Group inaugurated the award in 1949 to mark the company’s 100th anniversary. It is named after Friedrich Carl Freudenberg (1848-1942) who studied at the Polytechnic, later the University of Karlsruhe, known today as KIT. The prize forms part of Freudenberg’s social engagement within the Rhine-Neckar region that surrounds the company’s headquarters in Weinheim, Germany.
The Karl Freudenberg Prize in Heidelberg was established in 1986 on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Prof. Karl Johann Freudenberg (1886-1983). It was initiated by the Freudenberg Group for the promotion of young scientists in Baden-Württemberg. The 6,000 Euro prize is awarded annually. Awards are made for academic work in the field of natural sciences – especially chemistry and biology.
The Karl Freudenberg Prize is awarded during the annual celebration of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.