Research Dedicated to the Future

Fraunhofer is Europe’s leading application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas. In short, we forge the future.

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Customers and contractual partners are:

  • Industry
  • Service sector
  • Public administration

Key figures at a glance

  • At present, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains 72 institutes and research units 
  • The majority of more than 26,600 staff are qualified scientists and engineers
  • 2.6 billion euros annual research budget. Of this sum, 2.2 billion euros is generated through contract research 
  • Around 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects 
  • International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative companies around the world

Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787–1826), Munich academic, is the eponym of the nonprofit-approved Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. He achieved success as researcher, developer and entrepreneur.