FRAME – FRAunhofer Microelectronics innovation Enhancement

Completed project


Digitization leads to far-reaching transformation processes that have an impact on the entire innovation system and the competitiveness of research and innovation locations in Germany and Europe. Microelectronics and nanoelectronics represent digitization-relevant technologies that are strongly promoted worldwide. In this context, the »Forschungsfabrik Mikroelektronik Deutschland (FMD)« would like to strengthen the position of the European semiconductor and electronics industry in global competition with a completely new concept. The central element of the FMD concept is the bundling of the existing technological excellence by an organization that offers single-source solutions.

The FMD is thus faced with the challenge of successfully implementing a new research model, thereby making central contributions to increasing the competitiveness of Germany and Europe in microelectronics and thus positioning itself as a leading player in microelectronics in Europe.



In order to realize the potential of FMD, it will be embedded in a system-oriented innovation concept. The institutes of the Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research want to promote this concept as part of their founding project FRAME (FRAunhofer Microelectronics innovation Enhancement).

With this aim, the following tasks arise for FRAME:

  • Development of a scientifically sound system-oriented innovation concept for FMD.
  • Development of a model for the bundling of fragmented technological excellence supporting the establishment of innovation competence that meets current and future challenges in an agile and flexible manner.
  • Positioning the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as the central point of contact for innovation policy issues.

In order to achieve these goals, six thematic modules have been formulated, (which are also shown again in the figure below).

  • The modules »Organizational Development« and »Strategy Development« support the FMD in the design and implementation of an efficient form of organization and a sustainable research and innovation strategy.
  • The required knowledge base is detailed in the modules »Foresight and Roadmaps«, »Competitive Situation« and »Market and Customer«.
  • Finally, in the »Impact« module, a theoretically and empirically based concept is developed to investigate the effects and significance of large-scale projects in research and innovation on the innovation system, such as the FMD.


Role of Fraunhofer IRB

The Fraunhofer IRB is working on an output and dissemination strategy for the FMD within the organizational development module. This is done in close coordination with the Impact module.

  1. The first step is an analysis of the FMD institutes with regard to current dissemination activities in combination with an analysis of the FMD strategy with regard to dissemination topics.
  2. In the second step, these results are transferred together with the developed impact strategy (Impact Module) into a dissemination strategy adapted to the FMD objectives. This shows both potentials and specific recommendations for action for FMD, which are intended to provide assistance in realizing the impact goals.



The results are part of the internal project development and the basis for further service offers.

-	The image shows the 6 modules and their interaction of the research project FRAME