The “Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft für angewandte Forschung e.V.“, Europe‘s leading organization for applied research, consists of 72 institutes. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft acts autonomously in defining its own strategic orientation, on which it bases its planned research activities. This orientation is closely aligned to the objectives of national and European economic and research policies. It is an independent organization and takes a neutral stance with respect to the demands of individual interest groups in the domains of politics, industry or society. Around 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects. 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.