15th Edition of the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge: technological ideas recognized with scientific awards and mentorship



Registrations are now open for the 15th edition of the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge, the idea contest organized by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS (FhP-AICOS). Until July 21, master's students from Portuguese universities can submit their innovative ideas to be recognized and awarded.

The Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge, known for encouraging creativity and technological innovation, features two categories: the Master Thesis Award and the Student Award. In the Master Thesis Award category, the best ideas based on academic theses are recognized with scientific prizes totaling six thousand euros, distributed among the top three (1st place - €3,000, 2nd place - €2,000, and 3rd place - €1,000). The Student Award category is open to all master's students who present the most promising technological idea, regardless of whether it is based on an academic thesis. In addition to a monetary prize of three thousand euros, the winner of this category also receives mentorship and guidance from FhP-AICOS researchers, providing a unique opportunity for the development of their idea.

Submitted ideas must align with the scientific areas developed by FhP-AICOS, which include Artificial Intelligence, Human-Centred Design, and Cyber-Physical Systems. This initiative aims to recognize and reward the most innovative ideas, but also to support students in transforming these ideas into practical solutions with real impact.

Applications can be made until July 21 on the official contest website www.challenge.fraunhofer.pt.

Organized since 2010, the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge seeks to encourage cooperation between industry and the scientific community, motivating and rewarding research of practical utility through the awarding of prizes to students and researchers who best contribute to the philosophy of Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS: to develop research with practical applicability for economic development and to improve people’s lives.