About Us

Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research


The Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research (Fraunhofer Portugal), is a non-profit private association founded by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest organisation for applied research in Europe.


A Driving Force in Innovation.

Fraunhofer Portugal aims on the creation of scientific knowledge capable of generating added value to its clients and partners, exploring technology innovations oriented towards economic growth, the social well-being and the improvement of the quality of life of its end-users.


Research of Practical Utility.

Fraunhofer Portugal promotes and coordinates the cooperation between its research centers, other research institutions and Industry partners, with the objective of undertaking applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprises and of wide benefit to society.


Fraunhofer's Structure in Portugal



Fraunhofer Portugal was founded by:


CCILA - Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Luso-Alemã


Research Centers


Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS


Fraunhofer Portugal currently materialises itself through the Research Center for Assistive Information and Communication Solutions – AICOS (Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS), located in Porto and born in 2009 following a partnership between the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), the Foundation for Science and Technology and the University of Porto (UP).

From its debut with 12 employees, AICOS now has two offices in Portugal employing circa 100 people, of which 80 are researchers.

With a client portfolio from a broad range of areas, such as health, agriculture, retail or energy, AICOS has consolidated competences in:


Human-Centred Design

Artificial Intelligence

Cyber-Physical Systems


AICOS’ track record in institutional and commercial collaborations has built a wide network of active partners. Since 2009, AICOS has been involved in 12 European projects and established partnerships with over 150 organisations in 31 countries.


Fraunhofer Portugal AWAM


As one of the research centers operating under the roof of Fraunhofer Portugal, Fraunhofer Portugal AWAM (Research Center for Smart Agriculture and Water Management – AWAM) was founded in 2019 in partnership between the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), Fraunhofer Portugal, the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), the Universidade de Évora (UÉ) and the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD).

Dedicated to applied research in this specific field of science and technology, Fraunhofer AWAM aims at developing, adapting and applying innovative processing technologies to close regional loops of nutrients, water and energy.