CORPORATION WAS AWARDED FIVE CONICYT PROJECTS
THE INITIATIVES ARE RELATED TO THE CONTESTS TO SUPPORT THE CREATION OF INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS OF RESEARCH CENTERS; AND SUPPORT GRANTS TO ENTER ACADEMIA.
December 19, 2017
Projects that include health sciences, biological sciences and psychology were selected in the 2018 version of the competition promoted by the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) entitled "Support for the Creation of International Networks for Research Center"
Through this initiative, it is sought to generate networks and contribute to the solution of common problems such as the training of the human capital needed for the creation of knowledge that impacts on the social and economic development of the countries.
One of the winners was the program of interdisciplinary research of excellence in Healthy Aging (Piei-Es) that, through its director, the academic Ivan Palomo, is linked with the Hospital Virgen del Valle, the Municipal Institute of Research of Barcelona and with the National Institute of Geriatrics in Mexico.
The academic Eduardo Fuentes, who also is a researcher at the Piei-Es, will close links with the University of the Republic of Uruguay, the National Center for Cardiovascular Research in Spain and the National Institute of Geriatrics in Mexico.
For his part, the academic of the Faculty of Psychology, Ramón Castillo, will work with the University of Groningeny (Netherlands) and the Institute of Psychology at Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland). Finally, Claudio Ramírez, director of the Institute of Biological Sciences, will work with the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (France) and with the ETHZurich & EAWAG (Switzerland).
With regard to these four awards, Ivan Palomo said that "the international collaborative networks are crucial to improve the quantity and quality indicators of research, especially, if the international counterpart belongs to universities in developed countries. In this context, the Conicyt creation of networks projects are an important contribution to increase the internationalization of research in our University."
The Institution was awarded 63 million pesos (US$ 100,000, approx.) of this contest that, at the national level, approved 52 projects and awarded 793 million pesos (US$ 1.2, approx.) in total.
Conicyt, for the first time, opened the contest subsidy to enter into Academia that aims to contribute to the institutional strengthening of Chilean universities, through the recruitment of researchers that start their independent career.
The Institution won with the project called "Elucidation of the Mechanism of Ionic Conduction of the Channels K+/Na+HKT of Plants Through Computational and Experimental Studies," researcher Janin Riedelsberger, from the School of Engineering in bioinformatics.
At the national level, 200 applications were received of which only 16 proposals were awarded. In this regard, Ivan Palomo explained that "to advance in research is essential to advanced human capital. In this context, the incorporation of outstanding young researchers as post doctorate students to the institution, allows to generate more and better projects and mainstream scientific publications".