The institute in figures

The institue in figures

Since 2006, Fraunhofer IMW has been conducting scientifically sound research from a socio-economic perspective on how and under what conditions knowledge and technology transfer can succeed internationally. Around 230 employees, including almost 130 TVÖD employees from 12 countries, develop innovative strategies, processes and instruments for optimized knowledge and technology transfer and support customers and partners from business, industry, politics, research and society from strategic early intelligence to the development and implementation of marketable business models. In recent years, demand for our application-oriented research findings has increased. As in previous years, we were able to further increase the volume of our contract research even in a difficult economic environment. The institute's operating budget grew from €9 million (2020) to €10.2 million (2022). External revenues increased from €5.7 million (2020) to €6.3 million (2022), with economic revenues in particular increasing significantly from just under €400 thousand (2020) to €830 thousand (2022). Currently, the scientists at Fraunhofer IMW are conducting research in around 100 research projects. Current major projects include "Q.E.D. - Quantum Ecosystem Deutschland", "RESILIENT" and "DataLab WestSax". Every day, we align our research work with the highest scientific standards, place particular emphasis on customer orientation, and achieve excellent and well-founded research results. In 2022, the institute was recertified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 DNV-GL at both locations. Our employees work according to standardized processes and achieve outstanding scientific performance to guarantee the greatest possible benefit for our customers and partners in industry, business, research and society.

Fraunhofer IMW Research Divisions at a glance

Division Head: Dr. Daniela Pufky-Heinrich

Economics of Technology and Management

The scientists in the division are investigating the challenges of the double transformation. Using a combination of empirical research methods and mathematical, process engineering and economic simulation models, they map value creation paths and transformation scenarios and can evaluate them quantitatively.

Division Head: Dr. Friedrich Dornbusch

Regional Development and Innovation Policy

The scientists of the division analyze, evaluate and develop instruments for the design of regional transformation processes and innovation policy interventions. Based on current scientific methods and findings, they support customers and partners from politics, science, society and business in the strategic planning and design of their future cooperation, transfer and funding activities.

Division Head: Annegret Seehafer

Corporate Development in International Competition

The scientists of the division are strategic partners of German and European companies. The economically driven market services bundled in this division are developed for companies that have to meet special requirements in the course of internationalization processes.

Division Head: Dr. Steffen Preissler

Knowledge and Technology Transfer

The scientists in the division evaluate transfer objects in terms of technology, market and financing options. They align the supply and demand for knowledge, technologies and capital. Furthermore, they optimize cooperations with public research and development partners. The team also strengthens future competence for strategic decision-making.