A team of physicists and astronomers from Latin America, Europe and the United States, have joined forces and created a world class research institute in San Juan, Puerto Rico (PR) –“Colegio de Física Fundamental e Interdiciplinaria de las Américas” (COFI). The institute is an independent international center to be active in theoretical, computational and experimental disciplines. The main mission is on fundamental and applied research, but it also support education through summer schools at the postgraduate level, summer research for undergraduates and public lectures.