Profile / Structure

Research Dedicated to the Future

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, headquartered in Germany, is the world’s leading applied research organization. With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial exploitation of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 75 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany. The majority of the organization’s 29,000 employees are qualified scientists and engineers, who work with an annual research budget of 2.8 billion euros. Of this sum, 2.4 billion euros are generated through contract research. 


The world is changing, now more than ever. We can wait and see what comes – or we take the future into our own hands. Against the backdrop of the current pandemic, it is important to act decisively to emerge from the crisis with renewed strength. We are meeting this challenge by developing innovations that will make life easier tomorrow. With our commitment, we promote the preservation of know-how and contribute to securing technological leadership and sovereignty, competitiveness and prosperity. #WeKnowHow.