Research Centers

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS


Fraunhofer Portugal currently materialises itself through two research centres. One of them is 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 researchers and a client portfolio from a broad range of sectors, such as Health, Information and communications technology (ICT) & Electronics, Manufacturing and Public Administration. AICOS has consolidated competence 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 19 European projects and established partnerships with over 402 organisations in 37 countries.


Vision: Proposing futures. Impacting lives.

AICOS conducts applied research and development dedicated to building tomorrow’s information and communication technologies, today. We create cutting-edge innovation based on end-user insights, leading to the deployment of technological solutions that have a positive impact on people's lives.


Mission: Remarkable Technology, easy to use.

As a leading partner for industry, we create applied research solutions capable of contributing to the market success of our clients’ products and services by focusing on the value for their customers.


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Fraunhofer Portugal AWAM


The Research Center for Advanced Water, Energy and Resource Management – AWAM (Fraunhofer Portugal AWAM), with branches in Évora and Vila Real was created in 2019 from a partnership between the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), the University of Évora (UÉ) and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD).

FhP-AWAM develops technological solutions for a wide range of sectors such as agriculture, food and beverages production, (waste)water treatment, pulp and paper, (bio)energy and (bio)chemical industries.

FhP-AWAM conducts applied research and development with a clear customer focus to provide cutting-edge solutions for a sustainable circular economy in the following research areas:

Sustainable Crop Production
Water Treatment

We propose new solutions and ideas for evolving products and services, from initial proof of concept up to pilot plant implementation.


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