Mission statement

Position in the Scientific, Industrial and Social Communities

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a fixed element in the German research landscape. It is committed to excellence in its research activities and maintains close ties with institutions engaged in fundamental research.

Driver of innovation

The purpose of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is to transform scientific findings into useful innovations. In this way, it helps to further economic growth, structural evolution and full employment.

Neutral and independent

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft acts autonomously in defining its own strategic orientation, on which it bases its planned research activities. This orientation is closely aligned to the objectives of national and European economic and research policy. It is an independent organization and takes a neutral stance with respect to the demands of individual interest groups in the domains of politics, industry or society.

Customer orientation

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft firmly orients its activities toward the benefits of its customers. Their satisfaction is one of the definitive indicators of the success of a Fraunhofer Institute. All information and results relating to projects carried out for a customer are held under strict confidentiality.

Dialog partner

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft takes active part in the ongoing dialog between the scientific community and the general public. It openly participates in the political and social debate surrounding areas of research in which it is active or concerning which it is capable of presenting factual information.