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1 An Introduction to Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and Fraunhofer USA Patrick Bressler

2 The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft at a Glance The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society. 2 billion Nearly 24,000 staff 1.7 billion Almost 30% is contributed by the German federal and Länder Governments. 66 institutes and research units Research Budget Contract Research 2014 More that 70% is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects.

3 Mission Statement Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft promotes and conducts applied research in an international context, to benefit private and public enterprise and is an asset to society as a whole. Institutes help to reinforce the competitive strength of the economy in their region, throughout Germany and in Europe. As an employer, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft offers a platform that enables its staff to develop both professional and personal skills. Fraunhofer lines

4 Building the Innovation Bridge across the Valley of Death Science Applications Technology Prototyping Pilot line Products Global Fabs Innovation Technology Research & Validation funding Scientific Knowledge Universities Research Labs Technology development RTOs Validation & Demonstration Technology Readiness Industry-led partnerships Competitive manufacturing Market Large Scale Production Anchor company Global manufacturing investment

5 Fraunhofer-Model Base Funding Public Projects Industrial Contracts 1/3 1/3 1/3 long term between 2-4 years < 2 years has to be balanced Base Funding: continuity of scientific excellence Public Projects: pre-competitive research (networks) Industrial Contracts: direct innovation push

6 Cooperation with Universities Institutional integration by dual appointment: Fraunhofer Institute director = University professor (chair) Fraunhofer Institute access to basic research recruitment of junior scientists recruitment of students (interns, undergraduates) opportunities for employees to gain scientific qualification (doctorate, professorship, contributing to the university s curriculum) University Chair cooperation in industry-oriented projects; opportunities for interns, under-graduates and graduates to gain practical experience integration of practical applications into the curriculum access to cost-intensive equipment

7 Working in networks with the best to constantly improve capabilities Leveraging the networks International cooperation with the best Cooperation with the best universities Cooperation with leading companies in dynamic markets National Networks Internal programs to foster cooperation Fraunhofer alliances Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster Scientific excellence in specific knowledge domains scientific and technological excellence is most important for customer* presitigious science awards for Fraunhofer researcher attractive employer for best students Time * Source: IfD survey 5241, January 2009, IfD-Allensbach

8 Fraunhofer worldwide Glasgow Gothenburg San José Vancouver Londo East n Boston Lansing Plymouth Storrs Maryland Newark Dublin Southampton Brussels Wrocław Paris Vienna Budapest Bolzano Graz Porto Jerusalem Cairo Dubai Beijing Seoul Sendai Tokyo Osaka Bangalore Ampang Singapore Salvador Campinas São Paulo Jakarta Santiago de Chile Stellenbosch Sydney

9 Fraunhofer USA Inc. largest subsidiary, est Fraunhofer USA Headquarters Coatings & Diamond Technologies CCD East Lansing Plymouth Cambridge Boston Manufacturing Innovation CMI San Fransisco, San Jose Maryland Newark Sustainable Energy Systems CSE Energy Innovation CEI Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) USA Molecular Biotechnology CMB Digital Media Technologies DMT Coatings and Laser Applications CLA Experimental Software Engineering CESE

10 Building the Innovation Bridge across the Valley of Death Science Applications Technology Prototyping Pilot line Products Global Fabs Innovation Technology Research & Validation funding Scientific Knowledge Universities Research Labs Technology development RTOs Validation & Demonstration Technology Readiness Industry-led partnerships Competitive manufacturing Market Large Scale Production Anchor company Global manufacturing investment

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