Contract research for customers from industry and the public sector

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the world’s leading applied research organization.

Fraunhofer focuses on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enables the commercial exploitation of this work by business and industry.  

By generating inspirational ideas and spearheading sustainable scientific and technological solutions, Fraunhofer provides science and industry with a vital base and helps shape society now and in the future.

Based in Germany, Fraunhofer is an innovator and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and a model of scientific excellence.


At the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, interdisciplinary research teams work together with partners from industry and government:

  • to transform novel ideas into innovative technologies,
  • to realize key research projects with a systematic relevance, and
  • to strengthen the German and the European economy with a commitment to creating value that is based on human values

International collaboration with outstanding research partners and companies from around the world brings Fraunhofer into direct contact with the key regions that drive scientific progress and economic development.

Collaborate with Fraunhofer IGCV:

German scientific excellence for your international research projects.

Fraunhofer IGCV aims to,

  • bundle research and development in the fields of lightweight casting technologies, fiber composites, and automated manufacturing.
  • generate innovations for the German industry.
  • enhance interdisciplinary research in the German core industries of automotive engineering, aircraft construction, and mechanical and plant engineering.

Fraunhofer IGCV helps companies to develop and optimize products and processes and to bring them to the market.  

With our range of services, we support your company in developing and introducing sustainable technologies, processes, and products. Small and medium-sized companies benefit from this cooperation through close-to-production solutions.


How is the cooperation with Fraunhofer IGCV organized?

From single orders to complex large-scale projects or strategic partnerships: Here you will find the overview!


Market and customer orientation

This is what Fraunhofer IGCV can do for you! Our range of services.  

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  • Applied research at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft powers the innovative capability of companies and promotes Germany’s status as a place for doing business. Various studies show that the different contributions made by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft demonstrably increase the business success of cooperating companies and help to strengthen Germany’s standing as a preferred business location that fosters innovation.

  • Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 74 institutes and research institutions. The majority of our 28,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers, who work with an annual research budget of 2.8 billion euros. Of this sum, 2.3 billion euros is generated through contract research. Around 70 percent of Fraunhofer’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and publicly funded research projects. The remaining 30 percent comes from the German federal and state governments in the form of base funding. This enables the institutes to work on solutions to problems that are likely to become crucial for industry and society within the not-too-distant future.

    Applied research also has a knock-on effect that is felt way beyond the customer's direct benefits: our institutes boost industry’s performance and efficiency, promote the acceptance of new technologies within society, and help train the future generation of scientists and engineers the economy so urgently requires.

    Our highly motivated staff, working at the cutting edge of research, are the key factor in our success as a scientific organization. Fraunhofer offers researchers the opportunity for independent, creative, and, at the same time, targeted work. Therefore, we provide our employees with the chance to develop the professional and personal skills that will enable them to take up positions of responsibility at Fraunhofer, at universities, in industry, and within society. Students who work on projects at Fraunhofer Institutes have excellent career prospects in the industry by the practical training they enjoy and the early experience of dealing with contract partners.

    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.

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