The Research Centers operated by Fraunhofer Portugal have adopted the governance model of its partner Fraunhofer research institutions in Germany.
Firstly, each Research Center acts in the 'legal environment' of Fraunhofer Portugal.
Secondly, each Research Center has its Director named by the General Assembly.
The Director is the sole governor of its Research Center and might nominate Deputy Directors at his discretion.
The Director’s competences include all aspects of general and scientific administration related to the Research Center under his supervision.
Currently, the Director of Fraunhofer AICOS is Dirk Elias.