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

Title: PFAS

The poison of the century

A voice from the business world

  • 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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  • 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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Events and trade fairs

  • Würzburg, Germany / March 21, 2024 - March 22, 2024

    ATC Conference 2024: »Inorganic Chemistry Empowering Sustainability«

    Inorganic chemistry can be one of the keys to more sustainable production. Resource- and energy-saving manufacturing processes, replacement of critical substances or efficient recycling processes are examples that many companies and institutions are currently working on. The ATC conference is one of THE events in this field, where industry and research exchange ideas and create new ideas for common goals and developments.

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  • 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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