The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, headquartered in Germany, is the world’s leading applied research organization. With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial exploitation of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future.

Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 75 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany. The majority of the organization’s 29,000 employees are qualified scientists and engineers, who work with an annual research budget of 2.8 billion euros. Of this sum, 2.4 billion euros is generated through contract research. International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative companies worldwide ensure direct access to the most important current and future scientific and economic areas. The Fraunhofer Liaison Office Brazil in São Paulo has been the direct contact in Brazil for all Fraunhofer institutes since 2012. The office evaluates and develops the Brazilian market for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and its German industrial partners and supports the institutes in project acquisition.


Since 2012, two Fraunhofer Project Centers have been temporarily established in Brazil as a cooperation between German Fraunhofer institutes and local universities or research institutions: the Fraunhofer Project Center for Innovations in Food and Bioresources at ITAL in Campinas and the Fraunhofer Project Center for Advanced Manufacturing at ITA in São José dos Campos.


The aim of all Fraunhofer projects in Brazil is to work with excellent partners on topics that require special technical solutions in terms of quality and quantity due to rapid economic growth and rapid urbanization. Environmental technologies, infrastructure, energy, advanced manufacturing and artificial intelligence, and health have been identified as topics for joint collaborations. In addition, strategic partnerships and collaborations are being established with government agencies and research/funding institutions such as EMBRAPII, SENAI, FAPESP.


Andrea Mandalka

Foreign Fraunhofer Affiliates and Representations - Regional Business Development - Latin America

Dr.-Ing. Rodrigo Pastl

Head of Fraunhofer Liaison Office Brazil