2024 Fraunhofer Annual Assembly / Presentation of the Fraunhofer Research Awards

Fraunhofer: 75 years of innovation

On the evening of June 12th, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft  honored outstanding projects by its researchers at its annual meeting in Munich.

Three Joseph von Fraunhofer Prizes were awarded as well as the Stifterverband Science Prize “Forschung im Verbund” (Joint Research).




Openingfilm Fraunhofer Research Awards 2024

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2024

Preisstele Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Preis

Since 1978, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has awarded the annual Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize to its employees for outstanding scientific achievements in developing solutions for application-related problems.

The criteria for being awarded the research prize include the innovative nature of the scientific methodological approach, the advancement of knowledge, and the transfer of the research findings into practical applications.

This year, three Joseph von Fraunhofer Prizes will be awarded, each worth 50,000 euros. The winners will also receive a silver pin with the profile of Joseph von Fraunhofer.




Bio-based plastics – innovative plastic film material made from PLA bioplastic

Dr. Antje Lieske, Dr. Benjamín Rodríguez and André Gomoll
(Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP)


Simulation methods – time-saving ways to model complex processes

The team around Dr. Jörg Kuhnert and Dr. Isabel Michel
(Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM)


Solar energy – high-efficiency colored solar panels for buildings

Dr. Oliver Höhn, Dr. Thomas Kroyer and Andreas Wessels
(Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE)

Stifterverband Science Prize “Forschung im Verbund” (Joint Research) 2024


Pathogen identification – next-generation sequencing optimizes diagnostics

Dr. Kai Sohn, head of the in-vitro diagnostics department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial and Biochemical Engineering IGB, and his network partners Prof. Dr. Thorsten Brenner from the University Hospital Essen, Dr. Silke Grumaz and Dr. Philip Stevens from Noscendo GmbH.

The Stifterverband

Stifterverband is a community of around 3,500 dedicated individuals, companies and organizations from industry, science and civil society. It works to explore new approaches to education and science in order to consistently enhance the strength of innovation in society. As a major driving force, it analyzes current challenges, supports model projects and facilitates their dissemination in various networks. It networks industry, science and civil society to jointly develop new ideas and initiates political reforms. Two fields of action are the focus of its work: education and skills acquisition as well as collaborative research and innovation.

For more than 20 years, Stifterverband and Fraunhofer have been awarding this prize, which comes with 50,000 euros in prize money, on a biennial basis. This recognizes joint applied research projects of particular scientific excellence that Fraunhofer institutes are working on in collaboration with industry and/or other research organizations.

The Stifterverband

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