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 one of the world’s leading applied research organizations. It plays a crucial role in the innovation process by prioritizing research in key future technologies and transferring its research findings to industry in order to strengthen Germany as a hub of industrial activity as well as for the benefit of society.

Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 76 institutes and research units throughout Germany. Its nearly 32,000 employees, predominantly scientists and engineers, work with an annual business volume of 3.4 billion euros; 3.0 billion euros of this stems from contract research, which is divided into three funding pillars. Fraunhofer generates a share of this from industry and license-fee revenue, totaling 836 million euros. This high proportion of industrial revenue is Fraunhofer's unique selling point in the German research landscape. Another share of contract research revenue comes from publicly funded research projects. The final share is base funding supplied by the German federal and state governments and enables our institutes to develop solutions now that will become relevant to the private sector and society in a few years.

Learn more about Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft online here.

Boston University

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.

Learn more about Boston University online here.

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.

Learn more about Michigan State University online here.

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.

Learn more about the University of Maryland online here.

South Carolina

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.

Learn more about the South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance online here.