Privacy statement

Privacy statement

Privacy statement

Dear website visitor,
We care about the privacy of the persons who use our website. This means that we give the highest priority to the protection of user data and that we are committed to handle the information provided by the users with the utmost care and with the greatest sense of responsibility at all times. This also applies particularly to the cooperation with all partners and third parties.
In the following, we would like to explain in detail how the handling of your data is ensured with confidence.

Controller in the sense of the data protection
Leibnizstraße 35
70193 Stuttgart, Germany
Telephone +49 711 6566169-0


Managing partner: Jürgen Schweiß-Ertl

Register court: District court Stuttgart
Registration number: HRB 2989
Person responsible for the content as per Art. 55 (2) RStV: Jürgen Schweiß-Ertl

The purpose of data processing by MAHLE-STIFTUNG
We process your personal data only for the purposes specified in this privacy statement. A transfer of your personal data to third parties for purposes other than those listed above does not take place. We shall pass on your personal data to third parties only if:

  • You have given you explicit consent for this purpose,
  • the processing is required for the performance of a contract with you,
  • the processing is required for compliance with a legal obligation,
  • the processing is necessary to ensure legitimate interests and there is no reason to believe that you have an overriding legitimate interest in non-disclosure of your data.

Erasure or blocking of data
We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data minimisation. Therefore we shall store your personal data only as long as this is necessary for the achievement of the purposes specified herein, or as stipulated by the various storage periods provided for by the legislator. After the ending of the respective purpose or expiry of these periods, the corresponding data is routinely blocked or erased in accordance with the statutory regulations.
Data processing when visiting our website

General information
Certain personal data is collected when you visit our website. This is to ensure the content and functionalities, and thus to improve the attractiveness of our website.
In our server log files we store information that your browser automatically sends to us for technical reasons. These are:

  • Browser type/version
  • used operating system
  • Referrer URL (previously visited site)
  • host name of the accessing terminal (IP address, anonymised)
  • date and time of the server request
  • for smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices, if necessary, manufacturer/model description

A personalised storage of such data does not take place. Also, a compilation of these data with other data sources is not performed.
The collection of your IP address takes place on the basis of Art. 6(1) point f EU General data protection regulation. Our legitimate interests arise from the following purposes of data processing:

  • Ensuring a smooth connection,
  • Ensuring a comfortable use of our website,
  • Evaluation of the system security and stability.

Your IP address is generally stored anonymously and no personal evaluations takes place hereby. With exception of storage for the purpose of consent recording, the IP address will be deleted within a short period of time following your visit.
Use of cookies
“Cookies” are used on our website to some extent. This standard technology includes small text files which are stored on your device ensuring, among other things, the configuration of a more comfortable or safer visit to a website. Cookies may also be used to adjust the website content to the visitor’s interests, or to generally improve the website on the basis of statistical evaluations.
You can determine whether your browser should allow cookies or not. Please note that the functionality of websites may be restricted or even eliminated, if cookies are not allowed.
You can delete individual cookies or the entire cookie inventory via your browser settings. In addition, you will receive information and instructions on how to delete these cookies or how their storage can be blocked in advance. Depending on your browser provider, you will find the necessary information at the following links:

Mozilla Firefox:
Internet Explorer:
Google Chrome:

The following cookies are used on our website:

  • PHPSESSID: This cookie serves as an identification feature for the duration of your visit to our website. It is a session cookie which expires at the end of the session.
  • _ga: This cookie used for Google Analytics generates statistical data on the use of our website by our users. If you allow the use of Google Analytics, this cookie will expire in 2 years.
  • _gat: This cookie is used by Google Analytics to restrict the demand rate. It expires at the end of the session.
  • _gid: This cookie used by Google Analytics generates statistical data on the use of our website by our users. It expires at the end of the session.
  • collect: This cookie is used by Google Analytics to follow the users on the website and provide them with relevant adds. It expires at the end of the session.

Use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (hereinafter referred to as Google). Google Analytics uses so-called “Cookies”, or text files which are stored on your computer, allowing for an analysis of your website use. The information generated by the cookie on your use of this web site is generally sent to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, due to the activation of the IP anonymisation on these websites, your IP address will be shortened by Google within the territory of the member states of the European Union or in other contracting parties of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports about the website activities and to provide further website and internet use related services to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser in the framework of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data.
The purpose of the data processing lies in the evaluation of the website use and in the compilation of website activities reports. Further related services should then be provided based on the website and internet use. The processing is based on the legitimate interest of the website operator.
You can prevent the storage of cookies by choosing a corresponding setting in your browser software; however, we would like to point out that in such case you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent. Furthermore, you can prevent the collection and processing of data related to your use of the website generated by the cookie (including your IP address) by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link:

The use of script libraries (Google Web Fonts)
For the purpose of a correct and graphically appealing display of our content in all browsers, on this website we use script libraries such as for example Google Web Fonts ( Google Web Fonts are transmitted to prevent multiple loading in the cashe of your browser. If the browser does not support the Google Web Fonts or if it prevents access, content will be displayed in a standard font.
Calling the script libraries or font libraries automatically initiates a connection to the library operator. Thereby it is theoretically possible that operators of the corresponding libraries collect data.
The privacy policy of the library operator Google can be found here:

Use of Google Maps
This website uses Google Maps API to visually present geographical information. When using Google Maps, data on the visitor’s use of map functions is also collected, processed and used by Google. You will find more information on the data processing by Google in the Google-privacy notice. There you can also change your personal data privacy settings in the data privacy centre.
Detailed instructions on how to manage your own data in relation to Google products can be found here:
Data processing within the framework of an advanced inquiry
On our website you have the possibility to send us an informal advanced inquiry. Based on the information you provide we should be able to check whether your request can be promoted and whether the submission of the complete application forms is advisable.
For this purpose you must enter the following information into the website form:
Your name, the name of the institution, an e-mail address, project title, project site, project period, the requested funding amount, a short description of the project and, if necessary for projects abroad, a domestic institution that is willing to forward the funds abroad.
We collect these data based on your consent. Legal basis therefore are Art. 6(1) point b and Art. 6(1) point a GDPR
You have the right to revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future. However, the data processing carried out prior to the revocation remains lawful.
In case of a revocation we might not be able to further process your advance inquiry because we might not be able to contact you.
We will store the personal data transmitted within the scope of the advance inquiry until your advance inquiry has been processed.
We will not pass on this data to third parties.
Data security
In order to protect the security of your data during transmission, we use the latest encryption method (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS.

Your rights
You have the right to:

  • Information about your data stored with us and about its processing,
  • Rectification of inaccurate personal data,
  • Erasure of your data stored with us,
  • Restriction of processing where your data must not yet be deleted based on legal obligations,
  • Object to the processing of your personal data available to us where the requirements of Art. 21 GDPR are fulfilled,
  • Data portability, provided you have given your consent to the data processing or have concluded a contract with us.

If you have given your consent to us you can revoke such consent at any time with effect for the future.

You also have the right to submit a complaint to the competent supervisory authority, the state commissioner for data protection and information security Baden-Wuerttemberg (

Changes to our privacy policy
We reserve the right to adjust this privacy policy so that it complies with the current legal requirements at all times, or in order to implement changes of our services in the privacy policy, for example in case of introduction of new services. The new privacy policy shall then apply for your next visit.

Questions concerning data protection
Please contact us per email with any questions concerning data protection at:

Leibnizstraße 35
70193 Stuttgart
Telephone +49 711 6566169-0
Telefax +49 711 6566169-29