Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge 2024 seeks technological ideas

The 15th edition of the challenge, organised by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, is open to master’s students from Portuguese universities until 21 July.

Applications are now open for the 15th edition of the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge, the technological ideas competition organised by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS (FhP-AICOS), a research institute based at UPTEC – Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto. Until 21 July, master’s students from Portuguese universities can submit their innovative proposals to be recognised and rewarded.

The Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge, known for encouraging creativity and technological innovation, comprises the Master Thesis Award and the Student Award. In the Master Thesis Award category, the best ideas based on academic theses are distinguished with scientific prizes totalling six thousand euros, distributed among the top three winners (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 support from FhP-AICOS researchers, providing a unique opportunity to develop their ideas.

The submitted ideas must align with the scientific areas developed by FhP-AICOS, which include User-Centred Design, Artificial Intelligence, and Cyber-Physical Systems. This initiative aims not only to recognise and reward the most innovative ideas but also to support students in transforming these ideas into practical solutions with real impact. Applications can be submitted until 21 July on the official competition website

Organised since 2010, the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge aims to encourage cooperation between industry and the scientific community, motivate and reward research of practical utility, and award 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.

July 4, 2024

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