Promoting Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Development

Global partnerships for sustainability in emerging and developing countries

Under the scope of F4D, Fraunhofer initiates and fosters through an inclusive process joint projects and international partnerships, which contribute to sustainable and inclusive development.

Fraunhofer is committed to make STI more participatory and inclusive

The growing awareness of global challenges, the requirement for globally integrated strategies as well as the need for technology and research expertise in global development cooperation are the reasons for the enhancement of Fraunhofer activities in the area of development cooperation.

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) are a necessary prerequisite to reduce the vulnerability of developing and emerging countries to changing conditions due to its positive effects on food supply, infrastructure, health and water resources.
Appropriate technologies not only promote steady improvements in living and working conditions, but also help to achieve higher levels of productivity and thus help to generate inclusive growth.

F4D – an integral part of international development strategies

As one of the largest organizations for application-oriented research, Fraunhofer provides sustainable solutions to meet global challenges with its program »F4D - Research for Development«. By using technological innovations and solutions to tackle problems in emerging and developing countries, Fraunhofer institutes help to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and support the international strategies of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as well as the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Call for challenges, problems and ideas

The first part of our initiative has been the Call for challenges, problems and ideas.
Fraunhofer invited institutions and individuals in developing and emerging countries to sketch challenges, problems and ideas, which a specific country or region is currently facing or might be in the near future.

For further information please download the Call for challenges, problems and ideas or contact

Please note that the submission deadline has expired on March 11, 2016 at 12 pm (CET).

We certainly appreciated your active participation in this Call for challenges, problems and ideas.

Fraunhofer started the Call for technologies and solutions within its institutes.
After challenges, problems and ideas have been successfully identified, there is currently taking place a matching with potential solutions and an assessment of already proposed solutions.

Please note that full or partial cost coverage to realize chosen projects cannot be guaranteed by Fraunhofer, since it is no funding organization. Therefore it is not possible to assign funds towards projects within the context of this Call. Although there is no guarantee for the financing of chosen project, we are optimistic to be able to attract quite some funding to foster joint projects and partnerships.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can my proposal address educational challenges?

Please note that Fraunhofer will only find technological solutions. Political, sociological or educational measures can not be executed by us.

Can my proposal be revised before sending?

 Since Fraunhofer and WAITRO will be receiving a high number of proposals, we cannot offer the revision of your half-finished proposal. We can answer your questions through our e-mail address but will only accept full documents for the purpose of your proposal.

Why should I send a proposal if the funding is not guaranteed?

 This call shall give us, both you and Fraunhofer, the opportunity of creating new cooperations by working in a project elaborated by both of us. Only with a composed project proposal it is possible to apply for funding. Since Fraunhofer is one of the leading institutions for applied research in Germany (no funding agency), we have already been working with European and other funding institutions in the world and trust to benefit from this experience.