Fraunhofer USA, Inc.

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


Fraunhofer USA

Fraunhofer USA, Inc. (FhUSA) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable organization incorporated in Rhode Island, dedicated to the advancement of applied research. FhUSA was founded in 1994 to conduct applied R & D for customers from industry and state and federal governments. As the wholly owned US subsidiary of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe's largest research and development organization, Fraunhofer USA has 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 Research Centers and Fraunhofer Institutes 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.

Fraunhofer USA, typically operates seven Research Centers and one marketing office. Each Research Center is affiliated with at least one of the numerous Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany and with one major research university in the USA.

At our Research Centers, highly trained and qualified experts advance the fields of Advanced Manufacturing, Sustainable Energy, Laser Technologies, Coatings and Diamond Electronics, Experimental Software Engineering, Molecular Biotechnology and Energy Innovation in the US and strengthen Transatlantic Collaboration in Education, Applied Research and Innovation.

We look forward to working with you!


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 & Offices


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


Digital Media Technologies

Fraunhofer USA Headquarters


University Partners


Michigan State University

Boston University

University of Maryland

University of Delaware

University of Connecticut


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