Institutes run by all the four major German research organizations can be found in Dresden. This means that both basic and practice-oriented research is carried out within an extremely compact area; one which offers both a highly capable infrastructure and large-scale devices. The focus is on the natural sciences and technology.
Some 4,000 people work in non-university research.
Fraunhofer is Europe's largest organization for application-oriented research. Its biggest site is in Dresden, with 11 facilities and institutes.
The DFG-Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden - Cluster of Excellence (CRTD) was founded as a research center by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and awarded the title 'Cluster of Excellence.'
Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.