Fraunhofer USA is able to offer innovative, technology-driven research in no small part to our many wonderful partners, including Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and our three university partners - Boston University, Michigan State University, and the University of Maryland. Additionally, our state alliance with South Carolina enables economic development for South Carolina-based organizations.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Germany, is the world’s leading applied research organization. By prioritizing key technologies for the future and commercializing its findings in business and industry, it plays a major role in the innovation process. A trailblazer and trendsetter in innovative developments and research excellence, it is helping shape our society and our future. Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 76 institutes and research units throughout Germany. Around 30,800 employees, predominantly scientists and engineers, work with an annual research budget of roughly €3.0 billion, €2.6 billion of which is designated as contract research.
In collaboration with Boston University, the Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation CMI conducts advanced research and development leading to engineering solutions for a broad range of industries, including biotechnology / biomedical, photonics, manufacturing and renewable energy. Engineers, scientists, faculty and students at the Center scale up basic research into advanced technologies that provide a competitive advantage to clients. The primary focus is on the development of high precision automation systems, medical devices and instruments along with the associated biological assays, and other electromechanical systems.
Michigan State University
The Fraunhofer USA Center Midwest CMW closely cooperates with Michigan State University’s College of Engineering. Since 2003, Fraunhofer USA and partner Michigan State University jointly work on advancing the state-of-the-art in CVD diamond synthesis and related applications development.
University of Maryland
The Fraunhofer USA Center Mid-Atlantic CMA, in collaboration with the University of Maryland, conducts applied research to support the software-enabled innovations created by our customers in industry, government, and academia. The center develops and uses advanced, effective, and scalable approaches to software and systems engineering, delivers powerful testing and verification strategies and tools, and uses state-of-the-art measurement and analysis methods to support its customers' challenges.
In October 2018, the State of South Carolina’s Department of Commerce and Fraunhofer USA signed a MOU establishing the South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance (SCFA). The SCFA was formed to assist the State’s business community with the challenges and opportunities presented by rapid technological change in manufacturing processes, product development and service delivery. Due to its success, Fraunhofer USA is launching the Fraunhofer USA State Alliance Program this year to offer state governments, economic development agencies and academic institutions the opportunity to develop technical assistance programs based on the Alliance template and tailored to states’ specific needs and interests.