Innovations for societal challenges#
The Fraunhofer ISI helps its clients to find systemic solutions in the sense of integrated analyses of technology developments and society’s needs. By considering socio-technical and socio-economic framework conditions, it ideally complements the more technically-oriented institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. Fraunhofer ISI has close ties to their technical expertise through its networking in various groups and alliances.
Through this close cooperation and interaction, users from industry and policymaking have access to unique innovation and technology development services that also take into account how these are embedded in society, the economy and politics. Fraunhofer ISI offers political and industrial actors strategic consultation on the topic of innovation and supports the development and application of innovative technical and non-technical solutions to ensure the future viability of the economy and society.
Fraunhofer ISI also makes a major contribution to developing solutions that help to tackle the overarching societal, ecological and economic challenges (the Grand Challenges). Alongside technological competence, it is becoming increasingly important to embed innovations in their systemic environment and tailor them to the core needs of their possible users as “frugal innovations“ based on open innovation processes. Fraunhofer ISI is actively accompanying this paradigm shift to need-oriented innovations.
In this way, Fraunhofer ISI helps to strengthen the innovativeness and sustainability of the economy and society in Germany. The institute has many years of experience and is characterized by its systemic perspective, the necessary scientific roots and the ability to support the transfer of results into applications.