Promoting Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Development

You are the ones that know and can formulate as well as prioritize your own problems best

We want to initiate and foster joint projects and partnerships which contribute to a sustainable and inclusive development.

Dedicated to a better future - worldwide

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives.

What is the aim of our initiative?

The international community as such as Germany and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have a collective responsibility to ensure the provision of appropriate technologies to promote sustainable and inclusive development.

As one of the world’s largest organizations for application-oriented research, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has a wide interest in tackling challenges and problems in developing and emerging countries due to the contribution of sustainable solutions.

Fraunhofer is committed to make STI more participatory and inclusive. Collaborative ventures and alliances with partners in developing countries may contribute to the creation and dissemination of technologies in sectors of importance to solve crucial problems and challenges.

Call for challenges, problems and ideas

The main part of our initiative is the Call for challenges, problems and ideas. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft invites institutions and individuals in developing and emerging countries to sketch challenges, problems and ideas, which a specific country or region is currently facing or might be in the near future.

For further information please download the Call for challenges, problems and ideas or contact

Please note that the submission deadline has been extended. The new deadline is March 11, 2016 at 12 pm (CET).

We certainly appreciate your active participation in this Call for challenges, problems and ideas and are looking forward to receiving your application!

Please note that full or partial cost coverage to realize chosen projects cannot be guaranteed by Fraunhofer, since it is no funding organization. Therefore it is not possible to assign funds towards projects within the context of this Call. Although there is no guarantee for the financing of chosen project, we are optimistic to be able to attract quite some funding to foster joint projects and partnerships.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my proposal address educational challenges?
Please note that Fraunhofer will only find technological solutions. Political, sociological or educational measures can not be executed by us.

Can my proposal be revised before sending?
Since Fraunhofer and WAITRO will be receiving a high number of proposals, we cannot offer the revision of your half-finished proposal. We can answer your questions through our e-mail address but will only accept full documents for the purpose of your proposal.

Why should I send a proposal if the funding is not guaranteed?
This call shall give us, both you and Fraunhofer, the opportunity of creating new cooperations by working in a project elaborated by both of us. Only with a composed project proposal it is possible to apply for funding. Since Fraunhofer is one of the leading institutions for applied research in Germany (no funding agency), we have already been working with European and other funding institutions in the world and trust to benefit from this experience.