Research grant Fraunhofer Attract

Fraunhofer Attract
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The »Fraunhofer Attract« grant is the excellence stipend programme of Fraunhofer. »Fraunhofer Attract« invites outstanding researchers to develop their ideas towards innovations at Fraunhofer.

An idea becomes an innovation, if it comes to use. The grant »Fraunhofer Attract« offers outstanding external scientists the opportunity to develop their ideas towards an actual application within an optimally equipped Fraunhofer institute operating close to the market. The scientist will be offered a budget of 2.5 Million Euro over 5 years to lead a group of 3-5 co-workers. 

Next calls for proposals:

2nd round 2019:

Filing the application: October 1, 2019
Committee meeting of advisors with candidates: November 27, 2019
Start of the project: December 2019

Running Attract groups:

Prof. Oliver Röhrle, PhD

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation – IPA Stuttgart
Virtual Orthopedic Lab (VOL)
(duration: Oct. 01, 2011 - Sept. 30, 2016)

Dr. Nikolaos C. Deliolanis

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation – IPA Stuttgart (in German)
Real-Time Spectroscopic Medical Imaging – Optical Diagnostics
(duration: Sept. 15, 2012 - Sept. 14, 2017)

Dr. Doris Heinrich

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research – ISC Würzburg
3DNanoCell – Cell-Based Assays of 3D-bottom-up-nanostructured Surfaces for regenerative implants and Scaffolds
(duration: Febr. 01, 2013 - Jan. 31, 2018)

Dr. Peter Neumeister

Fraunhofer-Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems – IKTS Dresden
Mechanics of Materials for Functional Ceramics: From Microstructure to Device Behaviour
(duration: Febr. 1, 2013 - Jan. 31, 2018)

Dr. David M. Smith

Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology – IZI Leipzig
DNA-Structured Nanodevices for Therapeutic Delivery and Medical Diagnosis
(duration: Febr. 1, 2013 - Jan. 31, 2018)

Dr. Mykola Vinnichenko

Fraunhofer-Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems – IKTS Dresden
INNOVELLE – Innovative Ceramic Layer Systems for Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells with Extended Longterm Stability and Lifetime
(duration: March 1, 2013 - Febr. 28, 2018)

Dr. Fabian Friederich

Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques – IPM Freiburg
ElekTera – Innovative Electronic Terahertz Systems for Industrial Applications
(duration: June 01, 2013 - May 31, 2016)

Prof. Dr. Jessica Freiherr

Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging – IVV Freising
MultiSense – Multimodal Sensory Integration Processes with Regards to Food, Packaging and Presentation
(duration: Sept. 1, 2013 - Aug. 31, 2018)

Dr. Marc F. Schetelig

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology – IME Aachen
Environment-friendly Pest Control of the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), Drosophila Suzukii
(duration: Sept. 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018)

Dr. Philipp M. Urban

Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research – IGD Darmstadt
Reproducing Optical Material Properties by 3D Printing
(duration: Dec. 1, 2013 - Sept. 30, 2018)

Prof. Dr. Eric Bodden

Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology – SIT Darmstadt
Secure Software Engineering
(duration: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2018)

Prof. Dr. med. Antje Prasse

Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine – ITEM Hannover
KlaFier – Klinische und translationale Fibroseforschung
(duration: Sept. 01, 2014 - Aug. 31, 2019)

Dr. Johannes Felix Buyel

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology – IME Aachen
Fast Applied Screening and Selection Technology for Protein Expression and Purification
(duration: April 01, 2015 - March 31, 2020)

Dr. Robin Wilke 

Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine – MEVIS Bremen
GEMRI – General MR Framework for Research and Industry
(duration: Feb. 01, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2020)

Dr. Agne Zukauskaite

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics – IAF Freiburg
PiTRANS – Development of AlScN layers for the next generation high-frequency filters
(duration: Feb. 01, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2020)

Dr. Adriana Szeghalmi

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering – IOF Jena
Atomic Layer Deposition for Optics
(duration: Oct. 19, 2015 - Oct. 18, 2020)

Dr. Robin J. White

Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme, ISE Freiburg
"Flex-C-Cat" – Sustainable Carbon Supports for Present & Future Hydrogenation Catalysis
(Starts in Summer 2015)


Dr. Philip Känel

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology – IME, Aachen
„Longaevitas“ – PEBPs als Bindeglied der artübergreifenden Altersforschung
(duration: August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2021)


Dr. Christian Schmelzer

Microstructure of Materials and Systems – IMWS, Halle
"SkinNext“ Elastin- und kollagenbasierte Hautprodukte – Materialdesign und Charakterisierung
(duration: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2021)


Dr. Heidemarie Schmidt

Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems, ENAS Chemnitz
„BFO4ICT“ - Entwicklung einer Gesamttechnologie für modulare Integration neuartiger elektronischer Bauelemente in mikroelektronische CMOS-Hybride


Dr. Juliane Thielsch

Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, IWU Chemnitz
„InMagMat" – Integration of magnetic functional materials by means of additive manufacturing
(duration: April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2022)

Prof. Falk Howar

Fraunhofer-Institute for Software and Systems Engineering, ISST Dortmund
Duration: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2022


Dr. Florian Römer

Fraunhofer-Institute for Nondestructive Testing, IZFP Saarbrücken
Duration: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2022


Dr. Ulf-Peter Apfel

Fraunhofer-Institute for Environmental, Safety and Engergy Technology, UMSICHT Oberhausen
Duration: March 15, 2018 – March 14, 2023


Dr. Steinlechner

Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, IOF Jena
Duration: September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2023

Successfully concluded Attract groups

Dr. Christoph Eberl

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials – IWM Halle
Small Scale Reliability
(duration: March 01, 2012 - Febr 28, 2017)


Dr. Stefan Kaluza

Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology – UMSICHT Oberhausen
Catalyst Design – Chemical Feedstock and Energy Storage Based on Synthesis Gas – Bridging the Gap between Fundamental Research and Industrial Application
(duration: Febr. 01, 2012 - Jan. 31, 2017)


Dr. Simone Toelstede

Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging – IVV Freising
ProFerment: Fermentation of Plant Proteins – Development of New Food Products with High Consumer Acceptance
(duration: April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2017)


PD Dr. Thomas Härtling

Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing – IZFP-Dresden
PlasmoSpec – High Resolution Plasmonic Spectrometry for Structural and Biomedical Health Monitoring
(duration: Febr. 01, 2010 - Dec. 01, 2016)


Prof. Dr. Thomas Höche

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials – IWM-Halle
Nanoscale Assessment of Innovative Joining Technologies for Microsystems Engineering – NanoAsses
(duration: April 01, 2011 - March 31, 2016)

Dr. Lars Röntzsch

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing and Advanced Materials - IFAM Dresden
Hydrogen storage
(Duration: 01.09.2007 - 31.12.2012)

Prof. Dr. Rainer Stiefelhagen

Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation - IOSB Karlsruhe
Visual perception for the man-machine-interface
(Duration: 01.10.2007 - 31.12.2012)

PD Dr. Stefan Schweizer

Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics - CSP Halle
Up and down-conversion in glass ceramics for highly efficient solar cells
(Duration: 01.10.2007 – 30.09.2014)

Prof. Dr. Thomas F. Gordon
Prof. Dr. Jörn von Lucke (begleitend)

Fraunhofer Institute for OpenCommunication Systems - FOKUS Berlin
“HPP” – Solutions for the Public Sector
(Duration: 01.10.2007 - 30.09.2012)

Christof Karlstetter

Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics - IBP Valley
Multifunctional bulk building materials
(Duration: 01.11.2007 - 30.08.2013)

Dr. Volker Cimalla
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics - IAF Freiburg
Sensors for biomedical and security applications
(Duration: 01.01.2008 - 30.12.2012)

Dr. Isabel Kinski
Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems - IKTS Dresden
Precursor-derived ceramics
(Duration: 01.01.2008 - 30.12.2013)

Dr. Martin Wolpers

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology - FIT in Bonn/Birlinghoven
CAPLE – Context and Attention in personalized learning experiences
(Duration: 01.01.2008 - 30.12.2012)

Dr. Martina Fenske

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology - IME in Aachen and Schmallenberg
"UNIFISH” – Development of a universal high-throughput screening system with zebrafish
(Duration: 01.02.2008 - 31.12.2013)

Dr. Kristian Kersting

Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems - IAIS Birlinghoven
"STREAM" - Statistical Relational Activity Mining
(Duration: 01.04.2008 - 31.12.2013)

Dr. Florenta Costache

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems - IPMS Dresden
"Smart μOptics" – Smart Materials for Tunable Micro-Optics based on silicon technology
(Duration: 01.04.2008 - 31.12.2013)

Prof. Dr. Alexander Pretschner

Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering - IESE Kaiserslautern
Distributed Usage Control
(Duration: 01.09.2008 - 31.12.2013)

Dr. Nik Petrinic

Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed-Dynamics Ernst-Mach-Institute - EMI Freiburg
"IMAGINE" – Innovative Material Design for Impacted Compound Structures – An inverse multiscale methodology
(Duration: 16.03.2009 - 15.03.2014)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Taubner

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems – ILT Aachen
Novel plasmonic structures as nanooptical components in laser technology
(Duration: 01.03.2009 - 28.02.2015)

Prof. Dr. Frank Kühnemann

Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Technique - IPM Freiburg
Broadband spectroscopy and photothermal techniques for analysis of liquids and defect analysis of optical materials
(Duration: 01.09.2011 - 15.09.2014)

PD Dr. Christoph van Treeck

Fraunhofer-Institut für Bauphysik - IBP Valley
Multi-Physics Simulation
(Duration: 15.09.2009 - 14.09.2014)

Prof. Dr. Jan Jürjens

Fraunhofer-Institute for Software and System Engineering – ISST Dortmund
"APEX" – Architectures for Auditable Business Process Execution
(Duration: 01.10.2009 - 30.01.2015)

Dr. Katja Schenke-Layland

Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology - IGB Stuttgart
Development of bio-inspired cardiovascular regeneration technologies
(Duration: 01.11.2009 - 31.12.2014)

Dr. Alexander Zakhidov

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems, IPMS Dresden
"OLED" - Microdisplay Fabrication by Orthogonal Photolithography – OLITH
(Duration: 01.01.2012)

Prof. Dr. Andrés F. Lasagni

Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology – IWS Dresden
Micro/nano Fabrication of Surface Architectures using Direct Laser Interference Patterning
(duration: Sept. 15, 2008 - Sept. 14, 2013)