The Fraunhofer IAF cooperates nationally and internationally with a number of companies and research institutions. These include groups such as Bosch, OSRAM, Infineon, United Monolithic Semiconductors (UMS) and Tesat as well as medium-sized regional companies like TRUMPF Hüttinger and Bruker Optik, to name just a few selected partners.
The link between the institute and university research plays a central role – the Fraunhofer IAF has a chair in the area of compound semiconductors at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) of the University of Freiburg. Beyond that, there is also a close cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT, the University of Stuttgart, ETH Zürich and various designated universities in the Anglo-American area.
Within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the individual institutes are well connected with each other and work together on many research projects to meaningfully link knowledge and competences. The Scottish partner institute of the Fraunhofer IAF, the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics CAP in Glasgow, is the first research institution under the umbrella of Fraunhofer UK Research.
Furthermore, the Fraunhofer IAF is a member of various Fraunhofer groups as well as the clubs and networks Green Touch, MicroTEC Südwest, Photonics BW and VDMA.