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Fraunhofer future markets

From global challenges to dedicated, technological, collaborative research projects
: Cuhls, Kerstin


Science and public policy 39 (2012), Nr.2, S.232-244
ISSN: 0036-8245
ISSN: 0302-3427
Fraunhofer ISI ()
foresight; future market; grand challenge; global challenge; megatrend; societal demand

One urgent mission for European research is to focus on the grand challenges of our time. We discuss how this mission was incorporated into a Fraunhofer corporate programme that takes on global challenges by stimulating collaborative research projects across knowledge domains. Fraunhofer's mission is to conduct innovation-oriented research for the benefit of private and public enterprises as well as society in general. As a decentralised organisation, Fraunhofer's strategic R&D planning predominantly takes place at the level of its 60 institutes and its six groups of institutes, each with similar technological scope. At the corporate level, Fraunhofer complements these strategic planning activities with a process to identify and strategically develop research themes across its institutes. In this paper, we address the question of global challenges, their definition, why and how Fraunhofer can best direct its overarching research topics towards solutions for some of the global challenges.