Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Oberhausen
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Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Profile

For sustainable energy and raw materials management

Fraunhofer UMSICHT is actively involved in shaping energy and raw materials management. As a pioneer for technical innovations within energy, processes, and products, we aim to drive forward sustainable management, environmentally-friendly technologies, and innovative behavior in order to improve the quality of life of people and promote the capacity for innovation within the local economy.

We develop solutions that make a decisive contribution to a resource-conserving society and economy. We make every effort to bring knowledge, methods, technologies, products, and services in the business units polymer materials, chemistry, environment, biomass and energy to application maturity.

The focus lies on achieving a balance between economically successful, socially just and environmentally compatible developments. For us, sustainability is a practice that we live by. We are happy to demonstrate the contribution our research makes to sustainable development.


Impulses for communication about our work

Communication about our work is important to us. We take a stand on socially relevant topics in position papers. In the publication series "UMSICHT-Diskurs", we look in detail at current topics within application-oriented research for scientific and social discourse.

As an institute within the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, we are globally networked and promote international cooperation.


Sites in Oberhausen, Sulzbach-Rosenberg and Willich

Fraunhofer UMSICHT has a site in Oberhausen, an institute branch in Sulzbach-Rosenberg and a plastics technical shop in Willich.


Facts and figures

Fraunhofer UMSICHT was founded in June 1990 as a non-profit technical and scientific institution with the non-material support of the city of Oberhausen and the local industry. The institute complex in Oberhausen comprises five buildings with office space, a data center, library, and a prestigious function room. Workshops, technical shops (3100 m²) and laboratories (1400 m²) form the technical infrastructure.

The institute is located in the immediate vicinity of the CentrO shopping and leisure center. Fraunhofer UMSICHT is committed to structural change in the city and region with new ideas, technology transfer, spin-offs and the formation of R&D networks.

Since July 1, 2012, Fraunhofer UMSICHT has been represented in the metropolitan region of Nuremberg by an institute branch in Sulzbach-Rosenberg. The institute branch currently has 104 employees. The annual turnover (as of December 31, 2020) amounted to EUR 14 million.

In 2020, 577 employees belonged to the staff of both sites – mostly with scientific and engineering training. Of these, 344 are permanent staff, 15 trainees and 218 students, pupils and interns. In 2020, the institute generated sales of more than EUR 53.9 million. Of this amount, EUR 13.8 million is industrial returns, EUR 22.2 million is public income, EUR 4.8 million is other income, EUR 6.2 million is basic funding and EUR 6.9 million is funding through internal programs.



We work with partners worldwide in order to exploit synergies in technology development and expand scientific value creation. Strategic collaborations exist in Kuwait, with the University of Alberta in Edmonton/Canada and with the University of Birmingham, UK.

Fraunhofer UMSICHT cooperates with partners in Europe and in the following non-European countries within the framework of industrial and start-up projects: India, Indonesia, Chile, Vietnam, Korea, China, Mozambique, and Colombia.


In December 2017, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft was awarded the Logo HR Excellence in Research from the European Commission in recognition of its outstanding Integrated Human Resources Management. The Logo HR Excellence in Research is based on the 40 principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct  for the Recruitment of Researchers (EU-Charta & Code). As Europe’s leading organization for applied research and as project partner many EU-projects, Fraunhofer fulfills these principles.  Fraunhofer is one of the first organizations for applied research in Germany to receive the Logo.


Organizational structure/organizational chart

The organizational structure of Fraunhofer UMSICHT consists of the divisions Energy, Processes and Products in Oberhausen, the institute branch in Sulzbach-Rosenberg and business units.

The divisions with their departments and groups represent the scientific competencies of the institute. The Organization department unites the technical and administrative departments of the institute.

The industry-oriented business units Polymer Materials, Chemistry, Environment, Biomass, and Energy network the competencies of the divisions and the institute and tailor them to the customer needs in the business units.

With this structure, we support companies and partners in identifying the right solution across departments, improving competitive positions and opening up new markets.


Organizational chart Fraunhofer UMSICHT (PDF)

Organizational chart
Organizational chart Fraunhofer UMSICHT (short overview)
Fraunhofer UMSICHT in figures
Facts and figures: Fraunhofer UMSICHT in figures
HR Excellence in Research
In December 2017, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft was awarded the Logo ʺHR Excellence in Researchʺ from the European Commission in recognition of its outstanding Integrated Human Resources Management.

Scientific integrity

Institute branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg