Contract research of the Fraunhofer Groups 2017
In the contract research segment, the 72 Fraunhofer Institutes and Research Institutions collaborate in seven groups based on related areas of expertise. That also includes the contract research performed by the defense-related Fraunhofer Institutes, which are united in the Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security VVS. The organization of institutes working in related areas into groups enables them to coordinate the procurement and utilization of strategic equipment, and to develop a common market image. The groups delivered steady performance in 2017, with a funding mix approaching the targets of the Fraunhofer funding model.
With an operating budget of €437 million, the Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components – MATERIALS is Fraunhofer’s largest group in business terms. It is closely followed by the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics, with an operating budget of €418 million. These two groups also occupy the top positions when it comes to the portion of their operating budgets (without depreciation of capital assets) covered by project revenue. Whereas 54 percent of the operating budget of the Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components – MATERIALS is covered by public-sector revenue, the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics has the highest share for industrial revenue, at 56 percent.
The Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research – INNOVATION, which now has five member institutes, began operations in 2017 and achieved an operating budget of €70 million. The high share of its operating budget covered by public-sector revenue (54 percent) is an indicator of the group’s socio-economic orientation, which includes advising policymakers and publicsector customers on matters related to research strategy and innovation processes.