We invent the future
At present, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
maintains 67 institutes and research units. The majority of the nearly
24,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers, who work with an
annual research budget of more than 2.1 billion euros. Of this sum, more
than 1.8 billion euros is generated through contract research. More
than 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's contract research
revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly
financed research projects. Almost 30 percent is contributed by the
German federal and Länder governments in the form of base funding,
enabling the institutes to work ahead on solutions to problems that will
not become acutely relevant to industry and society until five or ten
years from now.
With its clearly defined mission of application-oriented research and its focus on key technologies of relevance to the future, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft plays a prominent role in the German and European innovation process. Applied research has a knock-on effect that extends beyond the direct benefits perceived by the customer: Through their research and development work, the Fraunhofer Institutes help to reinforce the competitive strength of the economy in their local region, and throughout Germany and Europe. They do so by promoting innovation, strengthening the technological base, improving the acceptance of new technologies, and helping to train the urgently needed future generation of scientists and engineers.
As an employer, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft offers its staff the opportunity to develop the professional and personal skills that will allow them to take up positions of responsibility within their institute, at universities, in industry and in society. Students who choose to work on projects at the Fraunhofer Institutes have excellent prospects of starting and developing a career in industry by virtue of the practical training and experience they have acquired.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a recognized non-profit organization that takes its name from Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787–1826), the illustrious Munich researcher, inventor and entrepreneur.