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'Research of Practical Utility'

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization, with:

  • 69 institutes and research unites;
  • 24.500 staff, the majority being qualified scientists and engineers;
  • € 2.1 billion of annual research budget (€1.9 billion generated through contract research).

Founded in 1949, 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.

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 Europe’s innovation process by undertaking applied research in numerous scientific fields.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft activities drive economic development and serve the wider benefit of society by providing services to customers and contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration.

For further information please visit www.fraunhofer.de.