Fraunhofer USA, Inc.

Bridges the Innovation Gap from the Lab to the Real Market.


Fraunhofer USA

Fraunhofer USA, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Rhode Island that is dedicated to the advancement of applied research. Fraunhofer USA was founded in 1994 to conduct applied R & D for customers from industry and state governments and the federal government in the United States. Working closely with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest application-oriented research and development organization and its sole corporate member, Fraunhofer USA can offer both domestic and international resources to enhance its portfolio of R & D services.

Fraunhofer USA develops and validates scientific applications and technologies for industrial innovation in the USA. Fraunhofer USA’s research centers in the United States and the Fraunhofer institutes of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany work together to provide the most versatile cutting-edge technologies to a global market. Fraunhofer USA offers unique transatlantic business opportunities to close the innovation gap from the lab to the real market.

The research centers of Fraunhofer USA pursue strategic alliances with one or more of the numerous Fraunhofer institutes  of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany and with major research universities in the USA.


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Headquarters: Plymouth, Michigan

Date of incorporation: 09/14/1994

Non-profit 501(c)(3) organization


$41 Million total Contract Revenue 


300+ active projects 

64% US Industry projects

24% US Government projects

8% International projects

4% Internally funded projects

Fraunhofer USA Centers


Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies CCD

Center for Energy Innovation CEI

Center for Experimental Software Engineering CESE

Center for Laser Applications CLA

Center for Manufacturing Innovation CMI

Center for Molecular Biotechnology CMB

Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE

Fraunhofer USA Offices

Digital Media Technologies

Fraunhofer USA Headquarters


University Partners


Michigan State University

Boston University

University of Maryland

University of Delaware

University of Connecticut

Cooperation Partner Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Chronicles of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft