About Fraunhofer

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Germany, is the world’s leading applied research organization. By prioritizing key technologies for the future and commercializing its findings in business and industry, it plays a major role in the innovation process. A trailblazer and trendsetter in innovative developments and research excellence, it is helping shape our society and our future. Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 76 institutes and research units throughout Germany. Around 30,800 employees, predominantly scientists and engineers, work with an annual research budget of roughly €3.0 billion, €2.6 billion of which is designated as contract research.


Ingenuity is our country’s most important raw material. It enables the efficient and sustainable transfer of scientific knowledge into commercial use. This transfer is the backbone of our innovation system. Challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate and energy crises, global supply chain problems, demographic changes and new geopolitical conflicts have changed our world − with consequences for the long-term stability of our security and prosperity. And yet change also offers opportunities for bringing more sovereignty to central areas of technology − and transforming our economy with a view to making it more sustainable. From our energy supply to the medical sector through to cybersecurity: We can now emerge stronger and more resilient after a crisis − and we have the chance not only to use specific innovations to preserve our competitiveness, expertise and knowledge but to expand them, too. Germany and Europe’s freedom to act and make decisions within the political and economic spheres is a key objective here. With holistic concepts for business, politics and society, Fraunhofer delivers solutions that make an impact across multiple sectors − with a view to the markets now and in the future. Fraunhofer. #WeKnowHow.