The Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation was established in 2010 to promote scientific exchange between Chile and Germany. Its first project was the Center for Systems Biotechnology (Fraunhofer-CSB), in close collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME), in Aachen (Germany).

Fraunhofer Chile was the first international center of excellence in R&D to be established in Chile with the support of Corfo, the economic development agency of the Chilean Ministry of Economy.

The Center for Systems Biotechnology has three business areas doing applied research:

-       Agriculture, Food and Ingredients

-       Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems

-       Industrial Biosustainability  

The three of them work with the R&D Services Platform, which executes laboratory procedures with high quality standards in the areas of biology, chemistry and bioinformatics.




In these years, more than 80 contracts have been obtained with different companies, which jointly work with our business areas in the development of new products and services. We have been awarded 67 public tenders and established collaborations with more than 35 universities and research centers in Chile.

We have 11 technologies under intellectual property, 34 patent applications in different countries and 5 already granted: three in the United States, one in Australia and one in South Africa, all of them in nanotechnology.


Solar Energy Technologies Center


In 2013, Fraunhofer Chile Research was awarded a second international centre of excellence in R&D: the Center for Solar Energy Technologies (Fraunhofer-CSET).

This center, funded by the Ministry of Energy and administered by Corfo, began operating in 2014 with the purpose of contributing to the development of a solar economy in Chile.

Fraunhofer-CSET has two business areas:

It also develops projects and works closely with the Chilean government and the solar energy sector to provide applied research and innovative solutions to this strategically important industrial sector.

Fraunhofer Chile Research is a thriving actor in Chile's innovation system, working together with industrial, academic, regional and national government partners to make a real impact through applied research.

Our challenge is to contribute to the development of local industry, through the technological platforms and knowledge of the 72 Fraunhofer institutes in Germany.