Approach & Methods

For more than 40 years, Fraunhofer INT has advised the Federal German Ministry of Defense in the strategic research planning. Over the last decade, our institute has also expanded the expertise into the civil sector, primarily under the responsibility of the Business Unit TIP. Among our methods:

  • Identifying and analysing research requirements of public organisations (e.g. in FIRE-IN, ACRIMAS)

  • Identifying and evaluating research topics as well as of relevant studies, programs and strategies in security (e.g. in ACRIMAS, CARONTE)

  • Identifying and generating summaries of relevant players and influences (e.g. in SmartResilience, SONNETS)

  • Bibliometric and statistical analyses (e.g. in SONNETS)

  • Generating contributions on the development and analysis of future scenarios (e.g. in ETTIS, Horizonte erweitern)

  • Roadmapping action options and elaborating action recommendations (e.g. in FIRE-IN, CARONTE, SONNETS)

  • Developing indicators to evaluate the performance of security solutions or security concepts (e.g. in SmartResilience)

  • Content-related strategic planning and design of research projects (e.g. in ACRIMAS, EvoCS)

  • Strategic support of clients in research projects (e.g. in FIRE-IN)

  • Conducting and evaluating interviews and surveys (e.g. in ResiStand, D-Box, ETTIS)

  • Using workshop methods, e.g. for consulting various stakeholders and interest groups (scenario techniques, participatory methods etc.) (e.g. in SONNETS, CARONTE, SOURCE, Horizonte erweitern)

  • Tools for the customized implementation of innovative solutions for organizations with a security mandate (e.g. in InnoSec)


The Business Unit TIP thereby not only functions as an interface between European institutions and national ministries/governmental organisations, but also between supplier and demand side.

Another of the TIP Unit’s special features is its excellent networking within the security research community, both in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as well as in Germany and Europe, which also makes specific external expertise available for clients whenever required. We engage with and provide advice to various security research bodies, nationally and at European level (for example, within the European Commission). With comprehensive evaluation of the information thus accessed, we ensure that our consulting in strategic Technology and Innovation Planning is always state of the art.