Last 6th and 7th of June an information workshop for Chilean researchers took place at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. It was organized by CONCYTEC, the European Union and counted on the support of the Latin American and Caribbean NCP Network.
The meeting also informed about steps to take to apply for funding within the H2020 program framework.
Claudia Romano participated on behalf of the Liaison Office with the European Union in Uruguay. Dr. Marina Martinez represented the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology of Spain.
Through its funding instruments for research, the European Union seeks to promote the scientific collaboration between Europe and non-European countries through the funding of projects and support for the mobility of researchers. Nowadays the principal instrument that finances and defines the research politics of the European Union for the period 2014-2020 is the Horizonte 2020 program, for the first time bringing together the whole funding of the research and innovation activities of the European Union in only one program: the framework program (FP), the Competitiveness and Innovation Program (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
Horizon 2020 is based on three key pillars:
•Social challenges: support research and innovation focused on society and citizens (climate, environment, energy, transport, etc.). It is compatible with the development of innovative solutions emanating from multidisciplinary collaborations which include Social Sciences and Humanities.
•Science excellence: supports the world-class Science of Europe, developing, attracting and retaining research talents and supporting the development of the best research infrastructures.
•Industrial leadership: is compatible with key technologies, like microelectronics, advanced manufacturing etc. in all emerging and existing areas. Another aim is the attraction of more private investment in Research and Innovation and supporting the increase of innovative PYMEs in Europe.
The program is open to research centers, universities and private companies, as well as researchers who work individually or through a consortium.