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Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Research of practical utility lies at the heart of all activities pursued by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Founded in 1949, the research organization undertakes applied research that drives economic development and serves the wider benefit of society. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration.

At present, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains 67 institutes and research units. The majority of the nearly 24,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers, who work with an annual research budget of more than 2.1 billion euros. Of this sum, more than 1.8 billion euros is generated through contract research. More than 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects. Almost 30 percent is contributed by the German federal and Länder governments in the form of base funding, enabling the institutes to work ahead on solutions to problems that will not become acutely relevant to industry and society until five or ten years from now.

International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative companies around the world ensure direct access to regions of the greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development.

With its clearly defined mission of application-oriented research and its focus on key technologies of relevance to the future, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft plays a prominent role in the German and European innovation process. Applied research has a knock-on effect that extends beyond the direct benefits perceived by the customer: Through their research and development work, the Fraunhofer Institutes help to reinforce the competitive strength of the economy in their local region, and throughout Germany and Europe. They do so by promoting innovation, strengthening the technological base, improving the acceptance of new technologies, and helping to train the urgently needed future generation of scientists and engineers.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a recognized non-profit organization that takes its name from Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787–1826), the illustrious Munich researcher, inventor and entrepreneur.

Affiliated international research centers, and Fraunhofer Representative Offices, and Fraunhofer Senior Advisors provide contact with the regions of greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development.

Fraunhofer Senior Advisor Egypt

In 2008, Fraunhofer started expanding its international network through its Fraunhofer Senior Advisor Egypt. The Fraunhofer Senior Advisor Egypt is based at the DWZ in Cairo and helps to form bridges between Fraunhofer and local companies, research organisations, universities and governmental authorities.

The Fraunhofer Senior Advisor Egypt provides access to the Fraunhofer network and supports Fraunhofer researchers in finding partners and customers to carry out cooperative research activities and provide research services.

In fostering fruitful research activities with Egyptian partners, Fraunhofer seeks to promote innovation that helps to master today's societal challenges through solutions that are tailored to local demand. Core application areas range from renewable energies and energy efficiency, health, food and agriculture, to water and the environment, and comprise contributions from many disciplines, including information technology, materials or manufacturing research.

Contact Person: Dr. Mona El-Tobgui (mona.el.tobgui@zv-extern.fraunhofer.de)