Spectrum of services – Research on behalf of industry and the public sector

Fraunhofer IGB is an expert research and development (R&D) partner for customers from industry and public authorities. In our busines fields we develop, realize and optimize processes, products and plants as well as new technologies – from basic research to applications in laboratory, technical, and pilot plant scale – including analysis, testing and demonstration.

Customers benefit from the constructive interplay of the various disciplines at our institute which opens up new approaches and system solutions for compex tasks. We also provide patent and market surveys, feasibility studies and comprehensive consultancy in our areas of expertise as well as information on available sources of funding.

At a glance

Consultancy and studies

  • Technology analyses
  • Market surveys
  • Feasibility and profitability studies
  • Life cycle assessment

Process- and product development

  • From laboratory to technical and pilot plant scale
  • Construction and test operation of demonstration plants and prototypes
  • Implementation of new technologies
  • Licensing of new technologies and processes  

Analysis and testing services

  • Chemical-physical analysis
  • Surface, particle and (bio)polymer analysis
  • Characterization of antimicrobial surfaces
  • Next-generation sequencing
  • GLP test facility "Cell-based test systems for the determination of biological parameters"

Market analysis and innovation consulting services

Fraunhofer IGB carefully monitors technological trends and market developments in our business areas, in our competence fields we are proven experts.

We advise you on technological issues and provide, e.g. in advance of a research collaboration, customized studies to assess the potential or fields of application of a new development:

  • Market surveys and technology analyses
  • Feasibility and profitability studies
  • Life cycle assessment

We also support our customers in finding suitbable R&D funding programs.

New processes, products and technologies

Improving or developing products and processes  

Innovation often means that an existing product needs to be improved, e.g. in the functionality, performance or profitability. That is where Fraunhofer IGB comes in: Optimizing existing and developing new processes is one of our core business. Whether a process needs to be more cost-effective, environmentally friendly, sustainable or resource efficient. Our researchers hit on the right ideas – and they know how to transform them into products and processes.

Processes and plants up to pilot scale or prototype production

Sometimes a successful job involves more than just a tailor-made solution. Developing an innovative prototype is an important step, but the production process often poses similar levels of complexity and must be developed in tandem with the product. We develop processes and plants together with the customer through laboratory and technical up to pilot scale and demonstrate prototypes and processes on your premises.

Implementing new technologies

Fraunhofer is at the forefront of technological advancements. In cooperation with the affiliated University Institute, we are researching the latest technologies and develop them further. We help you implementing new technologies and realizing their applications in industrial practice.

Acquiring licenses

Fraunhofer carries out contract research for companies, but it also carries out its own independent research in some areas, often with interesting results. This pre-competitive research gives rise to inventions that can be commercially exploited by companies under license.

Further information



Our innovation fields offer applied R&D and develop new technologies and processes on behalf of customers and in collaborative research projects.

Discover the broad spectrum of our technology-based competencies and services offered by the innovation fields!


Technology scale-up and transfer

Research for the market – the transfer of results from application-oriented research into industrial practice is a key-objective of our institute. We put a focus on translating technologies and processes up to industrial readiness.


Business areas

Based on our technological competencies, we develop products, processes and technologies with creative approaches.

In our business areas, we present these solutions specifically to our target industries – and support customers with the direct implementation of R&D in industrial practice.

Analysis, characterization, testing

Development also involves analysis and testing. Fraunhofer IGB has an extensive range of high-quality equipment designed to test components, materials, coatings and processes and to reproducibly demonstrate their levels of functionality, safety and reliability. We also offer contract testing services and issue test reports.

Quality management and assurance

At Fraunhofer IGB, we ensure by established and standardized processes and procedures that the quality of our services and products meet the respective requirements.


Enhancing sustainability of products and manufacturing

Stakeholder Interaction Analyis

The core element for stakeholder interaction analysis is the conversation with the company. During this discussion, all relevant fields of activity, especially economic, ecological and social ones, are examined and investigated for their importance to key stakeholders.