Fraunhofer IIS works hand in hand with other institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, collaborating in groups and alliances. Fraunhofer IIS is also involved in research activities at national and international institutions and universities.

Fraunhofer Groups

Institutes working in related subject areas cooperate in Fraunhofer Groups and foster a joint presence on the R&D market. They help to define the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s business policy and act to implement the organizational and funding principles of the Fraunhofer model.

Research Fab Microelectronics Germany FMD

Fraunhofer IIS has been part of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) since 2017. As a cooperation of the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics and the Leibniz Institutes FBH and IHP, the FMD is the central contact for all questions concerning micro- and nanoelectronics in Germany and Europe. As a pioneer for cross-location and cross-technology cooperation, the FMD is actively addressing the current and future challenges of electronics research, providing key impulses for the development of elementary innovations for the world of tomorrow.


Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group

The Fraunhofer ICT Group is the largest provider of applied research in the field of information and communications technologies in Europe.

The Fraunhofer ICT Group covers a broad spectrum of technological fields through its member institutes, from the basics to practical solutions in informatics, mathematics, as well as information and communications technology, and it offers assistance to national and international IT providers and IT users alike, particularly SMEs.


Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research

Understanding the complex interdependencies within systems of innovation is critical for business, government, science, and society to succeed. For this reason, it is important to recognize change as soon as it emerges in any sector, market or technology. Only by comprehending such change, can we actively influence its long-term economical, technological, societal, governmental, and cultural impact. As an expert partner that uniquely combines socioeconomic and sociotechnical research, the Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research provides stakeholders with orientation, facilitates them in positioning themselves, and assists in shaping the future in the innovation system.

The Fraunhofer Group MATERIALS

Material research within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft covers the entire value chain, from the development of new materials and the enhancement of existing ones, to industrial-scale manufacturing technology, characterization of material properties and evaluation of material behavior when employed in components and systems.
The group concentrates its expertise primarily on fields of activity that are important to the national economy: energy, health, mobility, information and communication technology, construction and housing. It promotes the use of novel, customized materials and components as a means of implementing innovative systems.

Fraunhofer Group for Microelektronics

The Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics is a service provider for R&D in the areas of microelectronics and smart systems integration. It combines the expertise of 11 Fraunhofer Institutes (plus five guest institutes) with a total of more than 3,000 employees. The Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics carries out internationally networked top research in microelectronics / nanoelectronics, as well as in microsystem and communication technology.

Fraunhofer Alliances

Institutes and departments of institutes active in related fields join their various competencies in Fraunhofer Alliances to develop and market their field of business. Within the alliance »Ambient Assisted Living« Fraunhofer Institutes develop complete solutions which display typical characteristics of intelligent environments and represent personal health systems for medical applications.

Fraunhofer Adaptronics Alliance

In the Adaptronics Alliance the competences of six Fraunhofer institutes, which lie in the areas of development, application and optimization of intelligent material systems and components, systems and applications are combined.

Through this cooperation the institutes want to make a substantial contribution towards efficiently solving complex tasks in the field of adaptronics and towards offering the user a common, central contact person for his system development. As a result of the participation of the institutes in other groups of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft an active exchange of information is guaranteed.

Fraunhofer Ambient Assisted Living Alliance

The AAL Alliance works on system solutions for ambient assisted living and personal health. AAL stands for intelligent environments which adapt autonomously, proactively, and context sensitively to the needs and aims of users in order to support them in their daily lives. Intelligent environments are designed to allow especially older, disabled, and care-dependent persons to live self-determined lives in a private setting.

The Alliance takes a holistic approach that integrates various technologies, applications, and user groups.



Fraunhofer Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Alliance

The Fraunhofer Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Alliance consists of 30 institutes bundling their cross-sector competencies. Their expertise ranges from market-oriented big data solutions for individual problems to the professional education of data scientists and big data specialists.

Fraunhofer-Allianz Cloud Computing

In der Fraunhofer-Allianz Cloud Computing werden die Kompetenzen von derzeit sechs Fraunhofer-Instituten gebündelt. Zu den Themenbereichen zählen:Betriebs- und Geschäftsmodelle,Prozessmanagement, Ressourcenplanung, Anwendungsentwicklung und Life Cycle Management für Cloud Services und Umgebungen.


Mit ihrer Zusammenarbeit leisten die Institute einen wesentlichen Beitrag, um die komplexen Aufgaben in der Cloud effizienter zu bearbeiten und dem Anwender einen gemeinsamen, zentralen Ansprechpartner für seine Systementwicklung anzubieten.



Fraunhofer Food Chain Management Alliance

The Fraunhofer alliance offers food chain management servi-ces for industrial partners, small and medium sized enterprises, as well as institutional investors on a national, European and global level.

The goals of the co-operation are new approaches in food safety, microelectronics, and logistics, which can be easily integrated in the entire food chain to en-sure a high value added at low cost.

Unique opportunities for new competencies and research development on both a technological and application oriented level emerge due to synergy of the involved disciplines.  

Fraunhofer Lightweight Design Alliance

The Institutes that make up the Fraunhofer Lightweight Design Alliance bring together expertise in a number of fields: materials and material composites, joining techniques and manufacturing processes for lightweight construction, numerical and experimental simulation, and evaluation of components and systems.



Fraunhofer Numerical Simulation of Products, Processes Alliance

The simulation of products and processes today plays a decisive role in all phases of the product life cycle, from model-based materials development and simulation of manufacturing processes to operating characteristics and product placement on the market.

The object of the alliance is to address institute-overarching issues and to represent the interests of the member institutes as a central point of contact for public-sector and industrial customers. In particular, the pooling of expertise from the I&C sector with materials and components know-how as well as with surface technology and production engineering promises to yield innovative results.

Fraunhofer Space Alliance

The Fraunhofer Space Alliance is a group of 13 institutes that carries out collaborative research in the field of aeronautics technologies. By pooling different skills, this alliance offers customers a unique spectrum of R&D services ranging from the development of individual components and prototype validation, to the implementation of entire systems.

Fraunhofer Transport Alliance

The Fraunhofer Transport Alliance develops adequate technical and conceptual solutions for the public and industry partners and puts these solutions into practice by means of transport-related research.

It creates a new choice in R&D in transport through the bundling of the existing potential and a broad system competency.

Due to their participation in international research programs member institutes have worldwide contacts with companies and research organizations involved in the fields of transportation engineering and management.


ESI-Application Center

At the ESI-Application Center, which is part of the Embedded Systems Initiative, Fraunhofer IIS collaborates with Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg. Since late 2009, the Application Center has been developing embedded systems, with a focus on multi-core systems, wireless communications, design methodologies and hardware-software codesign. In this context, Fraunhofer IIS undertakes work on automation in a wide range of areas, for instance for sport, fitness, automobility and industry 4.0.

Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT

The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau (Thuringia) offers applied research in digital audio-visual systems. It develops solutions for virtual acoustics for the home entertainment sector and professional markets (e.g. IOSONO® wave field synthesis technology) and software technology for analyzing multimedia meta data as well as audio-visual applications for medical technology.

Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies

In close collaboration with Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen, the DMT team, based in San José, California, introduces new audio formats into the American market.


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Fraunhofer Network

Fraunhofer Network Science, Art and Design

How can science be inspired by art - and vice versa? What are the parallels between the work of researchers and creatives? How can they benefit from mutual dialog? Founded by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the "Science, Art and Design" network explores these questions.

Fraunhofer Business Area Digital Media

The Fraunhofer Digital Media Business Area brings together four Fraunhofer institutes working on the development of key components and technologies for digital cinema and for multi-format and multi-platform content creation and distribution.

The institutes offer research and development in a variety of areas. The developments and innovations cover the entire workflow for digital cinema and HD technology: From cameras and storage, audio systems to data compression, post-production, projection, distribution, and archiving.

Fraunhofer Business Area Vision

In the Fraunhofer Business Area Vision several Fraunhofer institutes work together in the fields of image processing and optical testing and measurement techniques. The central office of the Fraunhofer Business Area Vision has been installed at the Fraunhofer IIS in Fürth. It conveys and coordinates projects as well as marketing and PR measures.

Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security

This group has been formed by Fraunhofer Institutes as a means of coordinating their research activities and defining common goals in the area of "Defense and Security".

High Performance Center for Electronic Systems

The High Performance Center for Electronic Systems is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer IIS and IISB and Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, in addition to other non-university research institutes and various industry partners. The center is bundling its activities in two key fields of technology: high-performance electronics and low-power electronics.