Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest 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.
At present, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains more than 80 research units in Germany, including 60 Fraunhofer Institutes. The majority of the more than 20,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers, who work with an annual research budget of €1.8 billion. Of this sum, more than €1.5 billion 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.
In addition to its locations in Europe, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is engaged in a number of international activities in Asia, in North- and Southamerica, and in the Middle East. The Fraunhofer Representative Office in India officially represents the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in India and bridges between Indian customers and Fraunhofer scientists. Based on their network within Fraunhofer, the Indian Office focuses on the topics production in automotive industries, renewable energies, green technologies, microsystems, life sciences, food technology, textiles and new materials, Railways and aerospace. Several top Indian companies are our clients and important partners concerning our research for India like the Automotive Components Manufacturer’s Association (ACMA), the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Society for Indian Automobile Manufacturers, the Central Manufacturing Technology Institute, Bangalore, the Core Group of Automotive Research (CAR), the Indian Semiconductor Association, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, ARCI, Hyderabad,
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.