Finances

International project volume in € million 2016–2020

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft internationalization strategy is based on the principle of creating scientific value for Fraunhofer and generating positive effects both for Germany, Europe and for the partner country in question. Working in collaboration with the world’s best in every field enables Fraunhofer to develop future-proof solutions and innovative responses to global challenges. Fraunhofer has developed various formats for generating excellent scientific content and cooperating with attractive international partners.

The eight legally independent international Fraunhofer affiliates represent the most institutionalized form of such partnerships:

  • Fraunhofer USA, Inc.
  • Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
  • Fraunhofer Italia Research Konsortial-GmbH
  • Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd
  • Fundación Fraunhofer Chile Research
  • Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research
  • Stiftelsen Fraunhofer Chalmers Centrum för Industrimatematik (Sweden)
  • Fraunhofer Singapore Research Ltd.

These legally independent international Fraunhofer affiliates are constituted under the laws of their country of domicile and function as the legal entities supporting Fraunhofer research centers outside of Germany, which number 15 at the reporting date. The latter are institutionalized partnerships between Fraunhofer and local universities, enabling long-term research activities abroad. As their work is not profit-oriented, these companies generally qualify for base funding from their country of domicile, and are financed in line with the Fraunhofer model. As part of the Fraunhofer internationalization strategy, these legally independent international Fraunhofer affiliates will take on a new strategic role. In the future, greater emphasis will be placed on promoting two-way scientific collaboration between the Fraunhofer research centers outside of Germany and the Fraunhofer Institutes based in Germany. In addition to project revenue generated by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft with customers outside of Germany, the legally independent international Fraunhofer affiliates generated third-party revenues amounting to €24 million in 2020. Of this amount, Fraunhofer USA alone accounted for €8 million, followed by the Stiftelsen Fraunhofer Chalmers Centrum för Industrimatematik (Sweden) and Fraunhofer Austria, each with €4 million. Revenue generated through research activities by the legally independent international Fraunhofer affiliates was just under €60 million in 2020. Fraunhofer research centers outside of Germany have a broad spectrum of research activities, encompassing quantum technology as well as IT, artificial intelligence, industrial mathematics, manufacturing and logistics, biotechnology and solar energy technology.