Doing research for practice is one of the main tasks of the Fraunhofer Society. Founded in 1949, the organization is practicing in application-oriented research for the benefit of the economy and for the advantage of the society. Contractual partners and purchaser are industrial and service companies as well as the public authorities.
Currently, Fraunhofer Society consists of 66 institutes and research establishments in Germany. About 24.000 employees – mainly trained in natural scientific and engineering - acquire the annual volume of research of more than 2 billion Euro. About 1.7 billion Euro belong to the section of contract research. More than 70 % of this section is generated by orders of the industry or by government-financed research projects. Almost 30 % is contributed as basic funding by federation in order for the institute to develop solutions for problems which will become effective for industry and society in the next five or ten years.
International cooperation with excellent research partners and innovative companies around the world enable direct access to the most important existing and prospective research and economic areas.
Due to the focus on applied research and future-relevant key technologies, Fraunhofer Society plays a central role in the innovation processes of Germany and Europe. Applied research exceeds the direct benefit for customers: Fraunhofer Institutes contribute to the competitiveness of the region, Germany and Europe due to the research and development projects. The institutes support innovations, boost technological efficiency, improve the acceptance of recent technology and care for further education of the absolutely essential young academics.
The Fraunhofer Society offers the possibility to evolve for ambitious positions in its institutes, at universities, in industry and society. Due to the practical education and experience, students are opened excellent access to companies.
Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787 – 1826), Munich academic, is the eponym of the nonprofit-approved Fraunhofer Society. He achieved success as researcher, developer and entrepreneur.