Groups and Alliances

Fraunhofer FHR is also well networked within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. This paves the way for the successful processing of interdisciplinary projects. FHR is a member of the groups "Defense and Security" and "Microelectronics" and the alliance "Vision".

Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security

The Fraunhofer Defense and Security Group was established in 2002 and is currently led by Prof. Jürgen Beyerer, director of Fraunhofer IOSB. The total annual budget of the institutes within the group is approx. € 415 million. Over 3,600 employees work for the 9 institutes in the group.

The group has two central objectives:

  • the research and development of technical solutions and systems to protect life and safeguard infrastructures,
  • research for public security provision in the defense area

With obligations to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry of Defense, the group has now established itself as a driving force across the entire defense and security area. At a European level, the group is also a central player and paves the way for intensive networking and promising joint research activities. With its pioneering spirit and outstanding achievements, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft makes an important contribution to the future strategic orientation of the European Security and Defense Programme.

The 10 member institutes of the group create intelligent and comprehensive solutions to protect society against potential threats – whether caused by humans or by nature. Serving as an excellence center for the safeguarding of infrastructures, human protection as well as crisis management and monitoring, the group develops leading-edge technology and sophisticated concepts with an equal focus on civil security and defense.


Fraunhofer Institute for

  • Applied Solid State Physics IAF
  • Chemical Technology ICT
  • High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR
  • Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE
  • High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI
  • Technical Trend Analysis INT
  • Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB
  • Integrated Circuits IIS (Guest)
  • Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HHI (Guest)

Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics

The Fraunhofer Microelectronics Group is one of the leading international research and development providers for microelectronics and smart systems integration. As part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, it pools the extensive experience and expertise of the more than 3,000 scientists in the member institutes. Since 1996, the group has been operating worldwide in the research, development, production and application of micro and nano power electronics and microsystems technology.

With its competencies in the areas of microelectronics and smart systems integration, it builds a bridge between application-oriented basic research and product development along the entire value chain in the business units:

  • Ambient Assisted Living, Health and Well-being – electronic assistance for individual requirements
  • Energy Efficient Systems – moving towards an »All Electric Society«
  • Mobility and Urbanization – quality of life in urban areas
  • Smart Living – living and working in the »knowledge society«

Since the beginning of 2014, its strategy focuses on the cross-institutional competencies of the application-oriented business units which supply the technologies that are required to realize the lead product ideas:

  • design of smart systems
  • semiconductor-based technologies
  • power electronics and system technology for energy supply
  • sensors and sensor systems
  • system integration technologies
  • quality and reliability
  • high frequency and telecommunications

The pooling of the core competencies of the 16 member institutes paves the way for industry-specific, integrated and tailor-made system developments based on More Moore as well as More than Moore technologies.

The activities of the group focus on achieving a market-oriented balance between short-term, development-oriented contract research for small and medium-sized enterprises as well as large-scale industry and internal, strategic preliminary research over a longer period.


Fraunhofer Institute for

  • Modular Solid State Technology EMFT
  • Electronic Nano Systems ENAS
  • High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR
  • Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI
  • Applied Solid-State Physics IAF
  • Integrated Circuits IIS
  • Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB
  • Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS
  • Photonic Microsystems IPMS
  • Silicon Technology ISIT
  • Reliability and Microintegration IZM
  • Communication Systems ESK (Guest)
  • Digital Media Technology IDMT (Guest)
  • Open Communication Systems FOKUS (Guest)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS (Guest)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP (Guest)

Fraunhofer Vision Alliance

The Fraunhofer Vision Alliance pools the expertise of the Fraunhofer Institutes in the fields of machine vision, image processing and optical measurement and testing techniques. The cooperation within a network facilitates the early identification of market requirements and enables the joint addressing of technological challenges.

With a clear focus on applied research, the network pursues the objective of making new developments accessible under industrial conditions. Standard and specially designed cameras, as well as infrared, X-ray or radar sensors are used for imaging. On request, we will provide complete solutions including automated handling systems. These abilities are further complimented by the close cooperation with Vision partners from industry and science.

In addition, Fraunhofer Vision conceives and organizes technology conferences and training workshops on current issues, as well as marketing and PR activities, trade fair presentations and technical publications.

The Central Office of the Fraunhofer Vision Alliance in Erlangen serves as a contact point and offers competent advice on all questions to interested parties and potential customers.


Fraunhofer Institute for

  • Applied Solid State Physics IAF
  • Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF
  • Analysis and Information Systems IAIS
  • Industrial Manufacturing and Management IFF
  • High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR
  • Institute for Wood Research Wihelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI
  • Integrated Circuits IIS
  • Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB
  • Physical Measurement Techniques IPM
  • Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA
  • Production Technology IPT
  • Industrial Mathematics ITWM
  • Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU
  • Nondestructive Test Procedures IZFP
  • Development Center for X-Ray Technologies EZRT
  • Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI

Fraunhofer Space Alliance

The Fraunhofer Space Alliance brings together 15 institutes that conduct applied research in the field of industrial space technology.

Space technology is one of the key technologies in a modern industrialized society. Weather forecasts, navigation, real-time transmission for satellite TV or global Internet access – space industry applications and services have become an indispensable part of daily life.

In the Space Alliance, the institutes pool their technological expertise to provide the space industry and funding agencies such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission with a central contact. Fraunhofer acts as a systems provider, developing a wide range of top-quality components, integrating them into an overall system and delivering that system to the customer. The sheer technological variety of the participating institutes enables the Fraunhofer Space Alliance to offer its customers a unique range of services.


Fraunhofer Institute for

  • Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF
  • Chemical Technology ICT
  • Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM
  • High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR
  • Integrated Circuits IIS
  • Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE
  • High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut EMI
  • Laser Technology ILT
  • Heinrich-Hertz-Institut HHI
  • Technological Trend Analysis INT
  • Open Communication Systems FOCUS
  • Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB
  • Polymeric Materials and Composites PYCO
  • Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST
  • Solar Energy Systems ISE

Fraunhofer Transport Alliance

The Fraunhofer Transport Alliance develops adequate technical and conceptual solutions for the public and industry partners and puts transport-related research solutions into practice. It combines the specific and traffic-related expertise of several Fraunhofer institutes and research units in order to be capable of offering comprehensive system-related expertise.

The mobility of people and goods has become indispensable for the economy and society.This constantly implies new challenges for science. Areas of research range from the development of vehicles to transport management, from new requirements of safety and security to efficient logistics processes, from special wishes regarding design to lightweight construction concepts. The Fraunhofer institutes face up to these tasks. Innovative contributions are developed to make mobility safer, more efficient and more cost-efficient. These competencies are grouped within the Fraunhofer Transport Alliance.

The objective of the Fraunhofer Transport Alliance is to represent the business area »transportation and traffic« within the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. Therefore, it is the main address for all questions related to transport research.


  • Fraunhofer Center for Applied Research on Supply Chain Services SCS
  • Fraunhofer Research Institution for Large Structures in Production Engineering IGP
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDTM
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM
  • Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP