The institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft cooperate with each other: They cooperate in alliances or, depending on requirements, bundle different competencies in flexible structures. They thus secure their leading position in the development of system solutions and the implementation of holistic innovations.
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.
Institutes or institute departments with different competencies cooperate in Fraunhofer Alliances in order to operate jointly in a particular business segment.