Steady growth

Fraunhofer IPM has been growning steadily over the past years.

Facts and figures

Fraunhofer IPM: From 1973 until the present


Founded in 1973 as Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Space Research IPW, the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM emerged under its new name in 1980. Since this time, the main focus of research at Fraunhofer IPM has been on the development of optical systems and components together with materials and process development in various fields of technology. Fraunhofer IPM is located in Freiburg / Breisgau.


Today, Fraunhofer IPM employs approximately 200 staff, including some 55 students at postgraduate and undergraduate levels and on practical placements as well as apprentices, student assistants and visiting scientists.

Operating budget 2016

In 2016, the operating budget of Fraunhofer IPM was 16.7 million euros, remaining at the high level of previous years. The operating budget comprises industry revenues, revenues from publicly funded projects and basic funding. The proportion of external funds, consisting of external public funds and industry revenues, was 69.1 percent, or 11.6 million euros. Industry revenues make up 7.4 million euros or a 44 percent share of the operating budget.

Personnel 2016

The number of employees dit not change compared to the previous year. In 2016, a total of 139 people were employed by Fraunhofer IPM under the terms of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service TVöD. Approximately 55 students and young professionals work at the institute, of which 45 are undergraduate and graduate students and 9 are trainees. In addition, Fraunhofer IPM has around 20 external employees as well as a number of interns and assistants. Employees are spread across three basic areas: Approximately 50 percent of employees are scientific staff, 35 percent are engineers and technical staff and 15 percent are clerical staff in the fields of infrastructure and workshop.