With the non-material support of the City Oberhausen and the local industry Fraunhofer UMSICHT was founded as a non-profit technical-scientific institution in June 1990. The premises of the institute comprise five buildings with offices, EDP center, library and a representative event location. The technical infrastructure encompasses workshops and pilot plant stations (3 100 m²) as well as laboratories (1 400 m²).
Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Oberhausen is located in the vicinity of the shopping and leisure center CentrO. Fraunhofer UMSICHT engages in the structural change of the city and the region with new ideas, technology transfer, spin-offs and the set-up of R&D-networks.
As of 1 July 2012, Fraunhofer UMSICHT is represented in the metropolitan region Nuremberg by the Fraunhofer UMSICHT branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg. This branch employs 113 staff. The annual turnover (as of 31 December 2016) was EUR 7.3 million.
In 2016 the staff comprised 465 members in total, most of them with a degree in natural science or engineering. 302 are permanent staff; in addition there were 11 trainees, 152 students, pupils and interns. In 2016, the institute generated a turnover of more than 38.8 million EUR. Of these 12 million EUR are revenues from industry, 18 million EUR are public revenues, 2 million EUR are from other cooperations, 4.1 million EUR are basic institutional funding, 2.7 million EUR funding from internal programs.