Cooperation models: What are the different ways of working with Fraunhofer?

Fraunhofer Adaptronics Alliance

One-off contracts

The classic model of cooperation: A company perceives a need for research or development – for example it wants to launch an innovative product, improve a method or technique, solve a logistical problem, or audit a process to obtain certification. A discussion with the Fraunhofer Adaptronics Alliance identifies possible solutions and clarifies the form the partnership could take and the estimated cost. Regardless of whether the project is large or small, its goal is to solve the problem and to launch the innovation within the company or on the market.

Large-scale projects with multiple partners

Some challenges are so complex that they require multiple partners to develop a solution. In this case the Fraunhofer Adaptronics Alliance is your right contact. Because of the integration of different Fraunhofer-Institutes and the close collaboration with our partners, we have already created a network, which can be used for large scale projects. Our researchers have plenty of experience in running large-scale projects efficiently and fairly – and they know how to check what government funding is available.


International cooperation

Fraunhofer also has an international presence. Many Fraunhofer staff have international experience and sophisticated cultural and language skills, and they are personally familiar with global markets. As a result, companies operating internationally can often draw on Fraunhofer’s services abroad, too.

Strategic partnerships

The Fraunhofer Adaptronics Alliance is determined to foster promising new technologies. Pre-competitive research which starts off without any ties to specific development contracts often results in long-term partnerships with companies.