For the first time, 13 institutes from the two research organizations, Fraunhofer and Leibniz, are combining their expertise under one virtual umbrella, thus creating a new quality to the research and development of micro- and nanosystems. With more than 2,000 scientists, the FMD is one the world's largest R&D network of its kind. With its unique diversity of expertise and infrastructure at the institutes, it is helping Germany and Europe to further expand their leading position in research and development. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) sponsors the set-up of the FMD with around 350 million euros – mostly for the modernization and extension of the equipment in the institutes.
Networking and cooperation for technological sovereignty
In the meantime, the FMD is considered a role model when it comes to setting up the competencies of different R&D institutions with a joint strategy and a bundled offer to industry. With its cross-location, cross-technology and cross-competence collaboration, FMD ensures that technological sovereignty is maintained and expanded along the entire value chain.
The Berlin office represents the 11 Fraunhofer institutes of the Group for Microelectronics as well as the Leibniz FBH and IHP and acts as a central point of contact for all issues related to micro- and nanoelectronic research and development in Germany and Europe.