Fraunhofer's role in the UK

A brief video introduction to Fraunhofer UK


is at the heart of all we do with industry. University of Strathclyde and Fraunhofer CAP on a regular visit to Fraunhofer IAF, Freiburg

Fraunhofer UK

Dr Vince Cable formally launching Fraunhofer UK, 2012, following an invitation from UK Government to Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.

Fraunhofer: global success, delivering applied R and D in the UK

Fraunhofer UK Research limited was created and established headquarters in Glasgow in 2012.

The first UK Fraunhofer research Centre, the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, was established at the same time, at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and it is actively engaged in a wide range of collaborative and contract projects with UK and global companies.

Fraunhofer UK is a legaly independent affiliate of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and the proven Fraunhofer model is being used to benefit the UK economy.

Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It acts as headquarters for all UK based Fraunhofer research centres and opens the door to the Fraunhofer network.  It is planned to open further research centres across the UK in technical areas with established high quality research and where there is sufficient industrial demand.

As a not-for-profit Research and Technology organisation any financial surplus is re-invested in the UK research centres for capital equipment and training. 

Fraunhofer research centres perform professional, application-oriented research and development services for, and with, industry. Fraunhofer also has a significant training mission and hosts and trains a large number of doctoral students every year.

Fraunhofer UK was created, following the instigation of UK government, with collaboration and financial support from:

  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • Scottish Government
  • Scottish Funding Council
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • University of Strathclyde

The first UK Fraunhofer Centre is based in Glasgow and builds on the strong photonics clusters in Scotland and other parts of the UK, and is for the benefit of the UK and EU.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organisation. In the Fraunhofer network all our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas. In short, we forge the future.

Facts and figures at a glance

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Society), the largest organization for applied research in Europe

  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest organization for applied research in Europe
  • 72 Fraunhofer Institutes and independent research units, at different locations in Germany
  • The majority of more than 26,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers
  • €2.3 billion annual research budget totaling. Of this sum, €1.6 billion is generated through contract research. More than 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects. Almost 30 percent is contributed by the German federal and Länder governments in the form of base funding.
Fraunhofer network
  • Legally independent affiliates in UK, USA, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden and Chile.

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