Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Its research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment.

Its research activities are conducted by 72 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer Institutes undertake applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration.

By developing technological innovations and novel systems solutions for their customers, the Fraunhofer Institutes help to reinforce the competitive strength of the economy in their local region, and throughout Germany and Europe. Through their work, they aim to promote the economic development of industrial society, paying particular regard to social and environmental concerns.