High Performance Centers were established as a joint effort of Fraunhofer institutes, universities and other non-university research institutes targeting efficient transfer of excellent applied research to industry partners. These centers have clear topical as well as geographical focus, i.e. the participating research partners are located within the same region of Germany.

The close cooperation between the Fraunhofer institutes and research groups at e.g. universities ensures a fast transfer of technologies from a research context to the development phase and the final demonstrator.