Mission statement of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Research dedicated to the future

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy, and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas. In short, we forge the future.

Does work!

Why not. It does work. It does function. There must be a way.

Does work - two little words with a powerful message. They stand for independent thinking, persistence, determination, single-mindedness, tenacity and the spirit of research. They stand for Fraunhofer. Say "Does work". Keep pushing the limits. Always trying something new. Think out the box.

This is the principle of Fraunhofer. Because we won't rest satisfied with a simple Yes or No. Because where others give up, we come up with ideas. Because we want to make sure that at the end of every project, it can be said: does work.

Mission statement

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The mission statement reflects the chief outline of our activities. It defines how we perceive the fundamental purpose of our work and our responsibilities toward our staff and society. From this statement, we have derived a four-part definition of our values and principal objectives. Together, they form the guiding principles of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft promotes and conducts applied research in an international context to benefit private and public enterprise and is an asset to society as a whole.

By developing technological innovations and novel systems solutions for their customers, the Fraunhofer Institutes help to reinforce the competitive strength of the economy in their region, throughout Germany and in Europe. Their research activities are aimed at promoting the economic development of our industrial society, with particular regard for social welfare and environmental compatibility.

As an employer, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft offers a platform that enables its staff to develop the necessary professional and personal skills that will enable them to assume positions of responsibility within their institute, in industry and in other scientific domains.