The Liaison Office was established in CONICYT International Cooperation Programme in 2005 with the mission of increasing Chilean participation in European research projects. It is also the focal point of the Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement between Chile and the European Union, signed in 2002.
CONICYT, through its Liaison Office, is currently participating in five projects of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7): four multilateral projects (LEADERSHIP, ALCUE-NET, ENSOCIO-LA y ERANet-LAC) and one bilateral project (CEST+I).
LEADERSHIP (2013-2015) aims to create a LAC-ICT Expert Group as a permanent mechanism to support cooperation in ICT policies between Latin America and Europe. LEADERSHIP will also facilitate LAC participation in Horizon 2020 by promoting ICT enabling technologies through capacity-building events, and promote the network of ICT ‘Living Labs’ across Latin America and the Caribbean.
ALCUE NET (2013-2016) aims at supporting the international Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy Dialogue between Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union. It does so by promoting bi-regional partnerships for joint societal challenges. ALCUE-Net directly supports the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI) through cross-cutting thematic actions in energy, biodiversity, ICT and bioeconomy, as well as specific activities enhancing the EU and LAC networks of National Contact Points. In addition, it works to reinforce the external dimension of the European Research Area (ERA) to enhance the cooperation of EU Member States and Associated Countries with third countries in the Framework Programme. It will also contribute to the implementation of the Strategic European Framework for International STI Cooperation and of the initiatives of the Strategic Forum for International Cooperation (SFIC).
The ENSOCIO-LA (2013-2015) project aims at establishing sustainable and integrated research and innovation cooperation between the EU and Latin American in the environment field, concretely in climate change, resource efficiency and raw materials, as well as at improving dissemination and the exploitation of research results in this area by different user groups. This will be achieved through networking and twinning of existing multilateral and bilateral projects funded by different sources, through the development of efficient interaction schemes between science, industry and users and the joint elaboration of future research priorities and joint activities.
ERANet-LAC (2013-2015) seeks to strenghten bi-regional partnership in Science, Technology and Innovation by planning and implementing concrete joint activities and creating a sustainable framework for future bi-regional joint activities.
ERANet-LAC will implement two joint calls and organize concrete joint activities seeking to coordinate and cluster research programmes, mutually open research infrastructures and coordinate and open innovation programmes. The joint activities carried out will be evaluated and function as a basis for formulating a road map and establishing an EU-CELAC Platform for Funding Agencies. This funding platform will serve as information and communication platform and offer substantial guidelines as well as online working spaces to facilitate and enhance the development of future concrete joint initiatives.
CEST+I (2013-2015) seeks to support the enhancement of science, technology and innovation cooperation between the European Union, member states, associated countries and Chile. The project thereby contributes to the implementation of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI) between Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union. The specific objectives are to jointly tackle societal challenges, promote the creation of networks and joint research projects, as well as dissemination of the opportunities of cooperation between Chile and the EU. CONICYT’s partner institutions in this project are DLR (Germany), IDOM (Spain) and IRD (France).
The project addresses polar science and climate change, sustainable mining and renewable energy, as common societal challenges horizontally in four thematic pillars: political dialogue, networking between European and Chilean researchers, innovation and dissemination of the Framework Programmes.
CEST+I stimulates joint strategic agendas and coordination of policies not only for the S&T Cooperation Agreement but also for the bilateral and regional initiatives. Likewise, the project enables the development of new partnerships and collaborative programmes by creating networks between Chilean and European researchers, as well as aiming at a large impact in the Chilean scientific community through training of stakeholders and researchers in areas such as IPR, patenting and funding opportunities.