Science state

The research in Saxony is diverse, excellent, and powerful. What facilities are there? What research focuses are being pursued? How much is being invested? All information at a glance!


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Numerous institutions at an international top level characterize the diverse research and university landscape in Saxony. Universities and non-university research institutes are closely interconnected and attractive to top researchers from around the world.
Fraunhofer IKTS, Branch Office "Carbon Cycle Technologies" KKT
Fraunhofer IVV, Branch Office Processing Machines and Packaging Technology AVV Dresden
Fraunhofer Application Center for Optical Metrology and Surface Technologies AZOM
Fraunhofer Research Institution for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Energy IEG, Zittau branch office
Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS
Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research IFAM, Dresden branch
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Institute for Adaptive Systems Development EAS Dresden
Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS, Institute Location Dresden
Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS
Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP
Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS
Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI
Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS
Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, Headquarters
Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU; Dresden branch of the institute
Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI
Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration, All Silicon System Integration Dresden
Fraunhofer Plastics Center Oberlausitz (Zittau branch of Fraunhofer IWU)
Fraunhofer Technology Center High Performance Materials THM
Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW
Hydrogen Laboratory Görlitz (HLG) - research platform of Fraunhofer IWU and IMWS
Cybersecurity learning lab (cooperation between Fraunhofer-FKIE and Mittweida University of Applied Sciences)
Learning Laboratory and Fraunhofer Cybersecurity Research Group "IT Security for Energy and Water Supply"

Saxony's Changing Research Landscape

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How Saxon research policy should be aligned to create optimal conditions for the existing research landscape as well as new settlements – these and other questions were addressed in a comprehensive strategy process initiated by the Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture, and Tourism (SMWK). Resulting from a two-year dialogue with the research community:

The "White Paper for Research in Public Research Institutions in the Free State of Saxony." A key result of the analysis: The Saxon research landscape needs more visibility, as many modern applications, products, and services are based on research findings from Saxony. This is where the SPIN2030 campaign comes in!

Did you know? Facts about research in Saxony

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf is among the 800 non-university research institutions in Germany, and with 25.1 million euros, it is the most successful individual recipient of funding in Saxony.
Professor Dr. Svante Pääbo, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology since 1997, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2022 for sequencing the genome of the Neanderthal.
In Dresden! Around 2,500 people work at eleven institutes, for example, in the field of nanoelectronics or networked agriculture.
In 2021, the Technical University of Dresden ranked third with 294 million euros, behind the Technical University of Munich and the RWTH Aachen University.

Future-oriented Research: Focus Areas

Scientists from Saxony are actively involved in addressing the pressing future challenges of humanity in international competition. Important insights in fields such as materials research, cancer research, or microelectronics originate from institutions in Saxony. The diversity of research areas makes Saxony a hotspot for innovation and science. The thematic areas of particular strategic importance for Saxony were analyzed in the white paper.

Cutting-edge Research: Excellence Clusters

*These are the current three excellence clusters. They will be re-awarded shortly for 2024.
As part of the Excellence Strategy of the federal and state governments, Excellence Clusters are funded for specific research fields and Excellence Universities. This supports outstanding university locations and strengthens top-level university research.

In Saxony, the Dresden University of Technology has been an Excellence University since July 2019 with three research clusters. It is one of 10 universities or university consortia that are allowed to carry this coveted title. With funding under the Excellence Strategy, TU Dresden receives an annual financial subsidy of up to 15 million euros.


The Free State invests significantly above average in its research and university landscape. In the double budget for 2023/24, there is a clear priority on science and research. Funds are allocated to universities, research institutions, university medicine, university clinics, as well as modernization and construction.

By 2030, at least 17 billion euros will be invested in science to secure and expand Saxony's leading position in research in the long term. These are the largest investments in Saxon science to date.
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Billion Euros for the Universities
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Millions of Euros for Our University Medicine & University Clinics
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Millions of Euros for Research Institutions
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Millions of Euros for Modernization and Construction

Research in Saxony:
All Information at a Glance

Research in Saxony can now compete in the premier league in Germany and in profile areas at an international top level. The Free State has invested significantly above average in its research and university landscape and has one of the highest densities of non-university research institutions.