For Customers and Partners

Fraunhofer lead markets – our strategic customer segments

Applied research is the hallmark of Fraunhofer. Industry is our partner. In line with our research fields, Fraunhofer has defined strategic customer segments, which we call “lead markets”. By promoting innovation, Fraunhofer lead markets give Germany a global competitive edge, secure the technological sovereignty of Germany and Europe as well as deliver sustainable value creation for society.  

These strategic customer segments provide industry customers with access to Fraunhofer’s industry-oriented services:










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Public sector

The German Mittelstand and SMEs

Large companies

What can Fraunhofer do for its customers?

What does Fraunhofer do? What kind of collaboration with Fraunhofer is possible? What can Fraunhofer do for its customers?


 If you are considering working with Fraunhofer for the first time, you are sure to have lots of questions. We hope you will find the answers to some of your key questions below.



“Fraunhofer – Today’s ideas.

Tomorrow’s innovations.”


Outstanding pre-competitive research

Strategic Research Fields

Forming the core focus of our research portfolio, the seven Fraunhofer Strategic Research Fields aim to address needs and markets that will shape our future. Within these fields, our outstanding pre-competitive research specifically targets projects that have high commercial potential, thereby enhancing our impact on society and across multiple sectors. By pursuing the Fraunhofer Strategic Research Fields, we aim to continuously strengthen the roles of Germany and Europe as key hubs of business and innovation while fostering our technological sovereignty and promoting sustainable value creation.

Transfer of ideas and innovations into the economy

Valuable technological knowledge and expertise is generated at the Fraunhofer Institutes each and every day. For over 70 years, Fraunhofer has been fulfilling its responsibility for the successful transfer of this knowledge and know-how to the economy and society by contributing to new products, services and processes. The successful commercialization of technology hinges on a broad and sophisticated set of transfer mechanisms.


Fraunhofer Match − a fast solution

Fraunhofer Match is the central platform for placing research requests with Fraunhofer. Our 76 Fraunhofer institutes cover all areas of applied research. You tell us about your challenge or project − and Fraunhofer Match will put you in touch with researchers who have the right expertise to help you work out solutions.

The Fraunhofer Academy − Professional education

The Fraunhofer Academy is the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's provider for continuing education. Together, we stand for applied cutting-edge research: Wherever new technologies and processes are applied, the Fraunhofer Academy creates the conditions for a new culture of innovation in companies for an economically successful future through continuing education.


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A voice from the business world

  • Harnessing AI for good

    Viewpoint: Dr. Roland Busch, president and chief executive officer of Siemens AG

    Dr. Roland Busch, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Siemens AG
    © Enno Kapitza

    AI will unlock greater productivity, enabling more innovation and sustainability. It is the big opportunity of our time. To harness it, Germany needs a wise immigration policy — and a culture of openness.

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  • Pragmatism trumps the sledgehammer approach

    Martin Brudermüller, CEO of BASF SE, offers his view

    Martin Brudermüller, Vorstandsvorsitzender BASF SE
    © BASF SE

    Everyone agrees on the goal: Europe will become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. However, there is still debate around how to achieve the great task of this century. One thing is clear, though: It cannot happen without a strong and competitive chemical industry.

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  • A two-track road to the future

    Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler Truck AG.

    Martin Daum, Vorsitzender des Vorstands der Daimler Truck Holding AG. // Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck Holding AG.
    © Daimler Truck AG

    Batteries are the hottest topic of conversation right now - and not just at the upcoming IAA Mobility trade fair in September. Battery-powered propulsion is the numberone technological option for making automotive traffic emission-free. However, trucks are not just big cars.

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Events and trade fairs

  • Dresden, Germany / June 11, 2024 - June 13, 2024

    6th CIRP Conference on Biomanufacturing 2024 – BioM2024


    Initiated by CIRP in 2013 the BioM Conference has developed into the world’s leading forum to discuss progress and future directions, set milestones and promote scientific exchange on biodesign, biofabrication and biomechatronics. The BioM Conference 2024 is headed “Future Production. Driven by Nature”. Experts from academia as well as industry will meet to discuss novel solutions, latest research findings and visionary ideas addressing biologically inspired processes and products in manufacturing, biological transformation and biointelligence. Futhermore, artificial intelligence and digital methods that will promote the transfer of biological principles into technosphere will be topics of the conference.

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  • CRC Hannover - Clinical Research Center Hannover / June 20, 2024 - June 21, 2024

    Models of Lung Disease 2024

    Join the conference "Models of Lung Disease" for experts in lung research at Fraunhofer ITEM in Hannover on June 20 and 21.

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  • Fraunhofer CCPE compact "Impacts of recycled plastics –  A stakeholder approach to find consensus in LCA"
    © Fraunhofer CCPE

    In this Fraunhofer CCPE compact event, we will present insights and issues on the LCA of recycled plastics from two different technologies with industrial partners (solvent-based and mechanical recycling). Together we would like to discuss interactively how recycled plastics should be modelled in LCA to enable comparisons between different technologies. At the end of the workshop, in addition to an outlook, we will also invite recycling experts to continue to participate in this process of harmonization and transparency of LCA data and methods for recycled plastics. Let's shape the future of sustainable recycled plastics together! We look forward to seeing you on June 20, 2024!

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  • Fraunhofer Campus in Dresden / September 10, 2024 - September 11, 2024

    Dry Coating Forum: Shaping the Future of Dry Battery Electrode Processing

    © Fraunhofer IWS

    As one of the leading R&D institutes with many years of dry coating expertise, Fraunhofer IWS now provides a dedicated platform and launches the Dry Coating Forum (DCF). DCF is a forum for material suppliers, equipment manufacturers, cell makers, and end users to exchange information about current trends, developments, and challenges in the field of dry coating technologies.

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  • Fraunhofer IKTS, Dresden / November 06, 2024 - November 08, 2024

    ISPA 2024 | International Symposium on Piezocomposite Applications

    ISPA 2024 will bring together researchers, scientists, and industry professionals from around the world to explore and discuss the latest advancements and applications in the field of piezocomposites. This years' symposium will feature three main research and application focuses: energy harvesting, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) applications as well as sonar Applications.

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  • Fraunhofer Campus Dresden.  / November 11, 2024 - November 12, 2024

    Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

    11th Workshop Lithium-Sulfur Batteries
    © Fraunhofer IWS

    Following the tradition and success of the past years, the 11th “Lithium-Sulfur Batteries“ Workshop will again bring together an international audience of scientists and industry representatives. Renowned experts will present the latest results, new materials, processes and applications in the field of lithium-sulfur batteries. Plenary lectures by internationally renowned speakers will offer delegates excellent possibilities to get acquainted with the latest developments and research results.

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