Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI analyzes the framework conditions for innovations. We explore the short- and long-term developments of innovation processes and the societal impacts of new technologies and services. On this basis, we provide our clients from industry, politics and science with policy recommendations and perspectives for key decisions. Our expertise lies in a broad scientific competence as well as an inter-disciplinary and systemic research approach. With 180 staff members from the areas of science, technology and infrastructure, we are a highly motivated team whose scientific expertise and systemic research approach fulfils the diverse requirements of our clients. The increase in our annual budget to over € 19 million which was achieved in 290 projects documents this successful work. Through our comprehensive and inter-disciplinary perspective, we provide a wide range of services for our clients. These services are grouped into six competence centers (CC):
As an internationally leading innovation research institute, we collaborate with other countries and thus guarantee different perspectives of the research subject. Visiting scientists come to us from the USA, Japan and the BRICS countries. We cultivate an intensive relationship with China and Russia and have started to establish cooperation with research institutions in India and Brazil. The dynamics of these emerging economies including Brazil have been explored in several research projects, such as the ISICUP Project (Integration of Sustainability Innovations in the Catching-up Process), the BRICS Project (on the contributions of German competence in research and science towards realizing the model of sustainable development with a view to the existing innovation potentials), or a doctoral thesis on the multi-level governance structures of the Brazilian innovation system. Currently, Fraunhofer ISI is working closely with ABDI and INMETRO and other Fraunhofer institutes to intensify its activities in Brazil. As part of its commitment to Brazil and the whole Latin American region, Fraunhofer ISI is offering a modular advanced training course to innovation promoting agencies to train their staff.