Fraunhofer CAP

Fraunhofer UK Research Limited


Engaged in Open Innovation with your business

The Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics is a world-leading centre in the field of solid-state laser research and development.  Fraunhofer CAP is involved in a wide range of photonics applications including energy, security, transport, communication, environmental sensing, space and health.

The core competencies at Fraunhofer CAP extend from applied research through to design, testing and characterisation of systems and modules as well as building pre-production prototypes. Our principle aim is to perform industry driven research to enable new or improved products and processes for industrial partners. Our research is innovative and can be applied across a broad range of markets to support industry across the UK and beyond.

Fraunhofer model succinctly


  • professional R&D services to industry
  • demand driven, applied research combined with 
scientific excellence
  • strong integration with academia
  • autonomy of institutes/ centres combined with 
simple corporate rules and strong brand

Facts and figures at a glance

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft undertakes applied research of direct benefit to private and public enterprise and of wider benefit to society.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest organisation for applied research in Europe

More than 80 research units, including 67 Fraunhofer Institutes, at different locations in GermanyThe majority of more than 23,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has €2 billion annual research budget. Of this sum, €1.6 billion is generated through contract research.More than 70% of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract re- search revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects.

Research centres and representative offices are located in Europe, USA, Asia, the Middle East and most recently the UK.

Background to Fraunhofer CAP and Fraunhofer in the UK

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft created the new Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics in a strategic collaboration with Fraunhofer IAF. The Centre is a hub for industry-driven laser research and technology for a variety of sectors including healthcare, security, energy and transport.
At the same time Fraunhofer established its UK headquarters, Fraunhofer UK Research Limited, which is the headquarters organisation for all additional UK-based Fraunhofer research centres in the future.
Fraunhofer CAP is based in the University of Strathclyde’s world- class Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) (scheduled to be completed in 2014, move in April 2015) which will transform the way universities, business and industry collaborate to find solutions to global challenges, create jobs and support the economy. Prior to the TIC facility being ready, Fraunhofer CAP is operating from new high-quality premises in Glasgow city centre.
Fraunhofer CAP is funded by Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the University of Strathclyde, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council. Fraunhofer CAP is expected to be the model for more Fraunhofer research centres around the UK.

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