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:










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.


Fraunhofer magazine

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From environmental crime to biosynthetics

A voice from the business world

  • 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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  • We need a revolution in construction. Now!

    Klemens Haselsteiner, CEO of STRABAG SE, shares his thoughts

    Klemens Haselsteiner, CEO der STRABAG SE

    The construction industry accounts for about 38 percent of global CO2 emissions. As such, the entire industry is responsible for ensuring that value chains become more sustainable. That means it’s not only time for us to rethink construction, but to actually “redo” it.

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  • Turning a corner

    Opinion article by Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of the Swedish electric car manufacturer Polestar.

    Thomas Ingenlath, CEO des schwedischen Elektroautoherstellers Polestar
    © Polestar

    Electrification is just the beginning: Even if the automotive industry transitioned to selling entirely electric cars tomorrow, its emissions would still be far above its total CO2 “budget.” At this crucial juncture in history, all the stakeholders in the sector must realize that it’s time to work together.

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  • Harnessing crises as a catalyst for growth

    Opinion article by Prof. Klaus Josef Lutz, chief executive officer at BayWa AG

    Prof. Klaus Josef Lutz, Vorstandsvorsitzender der BayWa AG
    © Foto: Thomas Einberger/argum/imago images

    The pandemic, the war in Ukraine and this summer’s heatwaves are all inspiring a rethink in the food production industry. Smart farming, agrivoltaics and alternative proteins could see major breakthroughs.

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Events and trade fairs

  • Dresden / September 25, 2023 - September 27, 2023

    Dresden Battery Days 2023

    At the 4th Dresden Battery Days, international electrochemical energy storage experts will discuss steps to sustainable and circular battery value chain.

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  • Online / edudip / October 11, 2023, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Webinar "How can optical sensor technology make a difference in microfluidics?"

    Opticalmeasurement technology is widely used in many areas of sensor technology. One of the challenges for their use in microfluidics is their miniaturization. In this webinar, we will present some examples of how the integration of optical metrology into microfluidic systems can be achieved.

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  • Dresden & Online / November 29, 2023 - December 01, 2023

    Laser Symposium & ISAM 2023

    Logo Laser Symposium 2023

    For the twelfth time in a row, Laser Symposium 2023 brings together world's leading laser experts, end-users and newcomers from both industry and academia. With a focus on latest laser developments and their suitability for industrial applications, it offers an ideal platform for scientific and technical exchange on various aspects of laser materials processing.

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