As Europe grows together and the European Research Area becomes more and more reality, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is evolving into a truly European research organization with new business activities all over the world. Today, it is Europe's largest research and technology organisation dedicated to applied research and innovation. Fraunhofer's portfolio of European research projects has grown consistently over the past decade. In the current Framework Programmes of the European Commission (FP7) Fraunhofer so far has been the most successful single applicant of the German research organizations and the second-most successful applicant overall. Fraunhofer actively supports the creation of the European Research Area through scientific alliances and joint ventures in Europe. Together with other European Research and Technology Organizations Fraunhofer provides pan-European research services. Fraunhofer is a member of EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations.
Fraunhofer in Brussels
The Fraunhofer Brussels Office provides a platform for communication and cooperation with the European Institutions and European associations in Brussels. The office interfaces the Fraunhofer Institutes and the European Commission in the application process for European projects and supports the Executive Board in the strategic positioning of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Europe.