Affiliated Partners

Innovation with strong partners

Together with our partners from science and industry, we form a strong network and develop the technological innovations that will shape our economy and society of tomorrow.

Whether know-how, equipment or material — the optimal distribution of resources enables their optimal use. Therefore, Fraunhofer IAF relies on knowledge transfer with other research institutions, the exploitation expertise of industrial companies, and the high-quality equipment and material of our suppliers.

Finding solutions together: Learn more about our types of cooperation and how you can work with us.

Bundled knowledge


Center for Quantum Computing

We coordinate the Competence Center “Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg” together with Fraunhofer IAO.


Institute for Sustainable Technical Systems (INATECH)

INATECH researches and develops Sustainable Systems.


Research Fab Microelectronics Germany

A cooperation of 13 institutes with the aim of strengthening the position of the European semiconductor and electronics industry in global competition.

Quantum BW

With the support of the state of Baden-Württemberg, global players from industry have joined forces with universities and research institutions to form QuantumBW. 

Fraunhofer UK Research

Cooperation with the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics CAP in Glasgow.

Sustainability Center (LZN)

A cooperation between the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg and the five Freiburg institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Fraunhofer Segment for Defense & Security VVS

A group whose aim is the reliable functioning of protection and safety systems.

Fraunhofer Group Microelectronics

A research and development provider for smart systems that bundles many years of experience and expertise as part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.


Innovative MATerials for sustainable high-tech electronics, photonics and related industries. IMAT e.V. is a network of companies and research institutions in the context of III-V semiconductors.

Voices from our network

»The collaboration between Fraunhofer IAF and Rohde & Schwarz is well established. Together, we manage to transfer the latest research results into innovative industrial applications in the shortest possible time.«

Robert Ziegler, Director MMIC Development Corporate R&D, Rohde & Schwarz

»Power amplifiers developed by Fraunhofer IAF, with its best-in-class 0.1 μm GaN process, enable the development of a new generation of highly integrated and high-power solutions.«

Dr. Alessandro Fonte, Senior Engineer, Member of Technical Staff R&D Laboratory, SIAE Microelettronica

»Energy efficiency and sustainability play an increasingly important role in power electronics. With the development of compact GaN-based inverter modules, Fraunhofer IAF can take e-mobility a decisive step forward.«

Dr. Kristine Bentz, Head of Research Funding, Vector Stiftung

»I have been a member of the Advisory Board for four years now and am observing with great interest how IAF develops into a center for quantum technologies in Germany.«

Prof. Dr. Jörg Wrachtrup,
Head of Department 3rd Physics Institute; University of Stuttgart

»Germany has enormous capabilities in quantum computing, but no organization, no research group and no country can do it alone. Cooperation is always the key element.«

Prof. Dr. Tommaso Calarco, Head of Institute Quantum Control, Forschungszentrum Jülich


»Our team at Ulm University in cooperation with Fraunhofer IAF is developing a diamond-based quantum sensing platform which is able to function under ambient conditions and achieve a precision that allows the detection of the magnetic field of the brain.«

Prof. Dr. Fedor Jelezko, Director, Institute for Quantum Optics, Ulm University

»The targeted use of quantum effects opens the door to physical sensors that are more reliable, more accurate and with higher spatial resolution. I expect that we will be able to characterize materials and improve the performance of devices with unprecedented quality.«

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Fleischer, Chief Key Expert, Siemens Energy Global

»The agreement with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to install the first of our quantum systems outside the USA in Germany and make it available to the organization opens up the opportunity to further develop the technology and skills here in Germany and across Europe.«

Dr. Heike Riel, Head Science & Technology, IBM Research

»In order to expand our knowledge in the field of quantum sensing, we rely on a cooperation network of leading research institutions in Europe. In this context, the technological capabilities of Fraunhofer IAF are a key element.«

Dr. Thierry Debuisschert, Research & Technology, Thales