The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for institutes of applied research in
Europe, undertaking contract research on behalf of industry, the service sector and the
government. Commissioned by customers in industry, it provides rapid, economical and
immediately applicable solutions to technical and organizational problems.
Within the framework of the European Union's technology programs, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
is actively involved in industrial consortiums which seek technical solutions to improve the
competitiveness of European industry.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft also assumes a major role in strategic research: Commissioned
and funded by Federal and Laender ministries and governments, the organization undertakes
future-oriented research projects which contribute to the development of innovations in
spheres of major public concern and in key technologies. Typical research fields include
communications, energy, microelectronics, manufacturing, transport and the environment.