Expenditure and revenue in the contract research segment 2010-2015

  • Annual research budget exceeds €1.8 billion
  • Industrial revenue increases by 4 percent
  • Public-sector funding by federal and state governments and the EU remains stable

The contract research segment comprises three complementary areas of work: research conducted under contract to customers in industry and the service sector, publicly funded research projects, and pre-competitive research financed by means of the organization’s base funding. Through their research for private-sector customers, the Fraunhofer Institutes help translate their research findings into real-life applications. In doing so, they play a central role in the innovation process that drives the German and European economies. The goal of many of Fraunhofer’s publicly funded research projects is to improve existing infrastructures in essential areas such as energy, transportation and healthcare. Moreover, these
projects make an important contribution toward the creation of networks linking different elements of the public science and education system, and promote innovation in the business world.