Electronic Journal of Biotechnology ISSN: 0717-3458
  © 2004 by Universidad Católica de Valparaíso -- Chile
Vol. 7 No. 2, Issue of August 15, 2004
 

Table 7. Institutional infrastructure for biotechnology development available in Chile.

Sources of Funding

Description

Website

Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA)

Supports biotechnology projects related to Forestry, Agriculture-Livestock and Aquaculture

www.fia.cl

Fund for Advanced Research in Priority Areas (FONDAP)

Provides infrastructural support for the development of Research and Development centres that would create a critical mass of researchers in key development areas

www.conicyt.cl/fondap

National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FONDECYT)

Funds Basic Research across several disciplines, from physics to philosophy, including biotechnology

www.fondecyt.cl

Technological Innovation Fund for Bio-Bio Region (INNOVA BIO-BIO)

Exclusively supports the development of biotechnology projects in the Bio-Bio region. Its priority areas are: Forestry, Agriculture-Livestock and Aquaculture

www.innovabiobio.cl

The Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO)

Main source of economic support for the development of scientific and technological initiatives that have direct impact on Chilean industry. It offers more than 40 different financial instruments

www.corfo.cl

Fund for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development (FONDEF)

Provides funds for the development of industry focused Research and Development activities that promote Academia and Industry interactions

www.fondef.cl

National Fund for Technological and Productive Development (FONTEC)

Supports technology transfer, technology development or adjustment of scientific innovations directly into operating productive companies

www.fontec.cl

Technical Cooperation Service (SERCOTEC)

Offers funds for the implementation of innovative scientific activities that enhance the competitiveness and management capabilities of micro and small enterprises

www.sercotec.cl

Research and Development programmes in Biotechnology

Description

Website

GenomaChile

Encourages the use of genomic, bioinformatic and proteomic tools to enhance Chile’s economic activity. The projects that are currently in development tackle Natural Renewable Resources and Biomining opportunities

www.genomachile.cl

Millennium Science Initiative (ICM)

Initially supported by the World Bank, ICM aims at fostering Chilean Research and Development at the highest international standards. Its current activities are divided into three Research Institutes and more than 10 Science Nuclei, where most of which are involved in biotechnology research

www.mideplan.cl/milenio

National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA)

Provides technical and scientific solutions to the Agricultural sector in Chile, with special emphasis in plant biotechnology

www.inia.cl

Support Institutions

Description

Website

Chile Foreign Investment Committee (CINVER)

Presents several incentives for foreign shareholders to invest in High Tech projects in Chile

www.cinver.cl

Chilean Commission for the Development of Biotechnology

Aims at identifying and proposing biotechnology actions that should have a positive impact in the development of the Chilean economy and its society

www.biotecnologia.gob.cl/comision

Industrial Property Department (DPI)

Supplies a coherent database of biotechnological inventions that has been involved with patent applications in Chile, USA, EU and Japan

www.dpi.cl

Science for Life Foundation (non-governmental)

Offers guidance in Biotechnology-industry topics in Chile, including: Research and Development, technical education, intellectual property, international exchange and diffusion campaigns

www.cienciavida.cl

Chile Foundation (non-governmental)

Develops scientific innovations into biotechnology companies that, after proven successful, are offered for acquisitions or mergers in the main markets

www.fundacionchile.cl

Business Incubator Portal (part of Chile Foundation)

Presents a one-stop website of business incubation alternatives available in Chile

www.portalincubacion.cl

International Cooperation Agency (AGCI)

Provides useful information about international training opportunities in biotechnology, grants for continuing education and access to financial collaborations with foreign countries, including the European Union

www.agci.cl

RedBio Network (associated with FIA)

Supported by FAO, supplies access to information related to plant biotechnology development across Latin America

www.redbio.org

National Information System for Silviculture Biotechnology (SINABSI)

Introduces a detailed record of biotechnology projects that have been executed in the forestry sector

www.biotecnologia.gob.cl

Entrepreneurs and Business Start-up Website (SitioEmpresa)

Compiles useful information for entrepreneurs who are planning to start their businesses in Chile

www.sitioempresa.cl

National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT)

Backs from different angles the development of Science and Technology in Chile, including: defining policies, promoting research programs and increasing public awareness

wwww.conicyt.cl


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