What is the mission of the Excellence Foundation?
The objective of the Excellence Foundation is to support the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in its community service applied research activities. Some examples are the Foundation's funding of the research prize for "Human-Centered Technology" which Fraunhofer awards every two years for excellent research performance, and the Foundation's support of various special research projects.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Excellence Foundation is the platform for private investments in applied research. Financial assets contributed here are used reliably to promote knowledge and innovation – They become knowledge assets.
An alternative to implementing brilliant ideas using revenue from contracts with industry is to fund them via the Excellence Foundation. The assets of the Excellence Foundation are channeled to outstanding research projects which we deem likely to produce significant progress in future-oriented technologies.
Rewarding excellent research activities is an important means of motivation. The Excellence Foundation significantly adds to the value of the research prizes our best scientists earn each year. This is intended to recognize individual achievements as well as to motivate all our colleagues.