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UK grants Chile matching funds for program on scientific research and innovation

Saturday, August 9th 2014 - 06:13 UTC
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Ambassador Clouder and Minister Luis Felipe Cespedes signed the MOU at the headquarters of the Chilean Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism. Ambassador Clouder and Minister Luis Felipe Cespedes signed the MOU at the headquarters of the Chilean Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism.

The Newton-Picarte Fund for scientific research was officially launched in Chile on Thursday 31st July through the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Government, represented by the British Ambassador Fiona Clouder, and the Chilean Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, represented by the Minister of Economy Luis Felipe Cespedes.

The Newton-Picarte Fund is a 40 million dollars fund aimed to promote scientific research and innovation over three years. The fund will support joint research projects between Chilean and British scientists, foster human capital and support commercialization of technology, in order to contribute to the economic development and social welfare of Chile.

The celebration took place at the Chilean Ministry of Economy and was attended by approximately 45 people, including delivery partners, stakeholders, and representatives from universities, government agencies and the press.

After the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, Ambassador Clouder said she delighted to announce the new Newton-Picarte Fund to promote co-operation in science and innovation between the UK and Chile.

“I believe that this will lead to a step change in collaboration between our two countries in a key area of interest for both our governments. Science and Innovation is a key priority here during my time here as the British Ambassador, and I also have a keen personal interest in this area, having worked for 15 years in the British equivalent of CONICYT before joining the Foreign Office”.

The Newton-Picarte Fund offers £4m a year for science and innovation cooperation with Chile for three years, with matched local funding.

“We hope it will become a unique platform to support the economic development of Chile. We expect the program to contribute significantly towards science and innovation capacity building in Chile”.

Ambassador Clouder said Chile has been chosen as one of fifteen countries globally for this type of collaboration with the UK, because of its interest in developing science and innovation capacity; the good quality of science base, its solid institutions and the potential for greater knowledge-led economic growth.

The Fund has three pillars: research, innovation and capacity building. In these areas it aims to: support Chilean research capacity through scientific collaborations between Chile and the UK in areas of joint interest and of global excellence; support adding value in the Chilean economy through industrial research development and commercialization of technology, in collaboration with UK partners; and support the development of relevant human capacity in Chile for research and innovation.

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  • ilsen

    UK ♥ Chile
    Good people there. Should be giving lessons to Argentina.

    Aug 09th, 2014 - 02:33 pm 0
  • reality check

    Go for it Chile.

    Saw you handle the mine rescue.

    Phew, fucking impressed!

    Those navy medics, balls of steel!!!!!

    From one serviceman to another, “Respect amigo, you could fight with me any day!”

    Aug 09th, 2014 - 03:39 pm 0
  • ilsen

    Back in the 1990s I spent some time in Valparaiso. Fantastic and pretty little city and the Naval Base is very impressive. In fact the Chilean Navy is very impressive, probably the most professional in Lat Am. Also has some interesting links with Bernardo O'Higgins is you want to look it up.
    Alongside the Military Academy, he founded the modern Chilean Navy under the command of the Scottish officer Lord Cochrane, establishing the First Chilean Navy Squadron, the Academy for Young Midshipmen (the predecessor of the current Naval Academy), and the Chilean Marine Corps. O'Higgins continued in his desire to see independence across Latin America, utilising his new forces to support San Martín, sending the Liberating expedition to Perú.
    Interestingly there is a statue of O'Higgins in Richmond Park, SW London and every year on the Chilean Day of Indepennce they fly the Chilean flag and a small ceremony takes place on the nearby River Thames.

    Aug 09th, 2014 - 06:05 pm 0
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