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29 April 2014

European Connection - CEST+I Newsletter - Issue 4

European Connection - issue 4 is now available.

European Connection is the Chile-European Union STI Initiative (CEST+I) project quarterly newsletter aimed at the European and Chilean scientific community, governmental agencies, innovation actors, project holders and other stakeholders.

Highlights of this issue:

  • GLORIA project bringing science closer to the public
  • Launch of new LAC-ICT Expert Group
  • Fourth CELAC-EU Science and Technology Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)

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Policy Dialogue

Chile signed an Agreement on scientific and technological cooperation with the European Community in September 2002. Both sides ratified it in the following year. The agreement has a validity of five years and is renewed tacitly for the following five years unless a change is suggested.

The agreement creates an institutional foundation for a wide variety of knowledge centered cooperation. Regular meetings of the Steering Committee offer opportunities for developing bilateral policy dialogue and promote, monitor and steer cooperation. The European Framework Programmes are a major instrument for implementation, and Chile's national mechanisms and research support schemes are also being used in pursuit of the objectives of international scientific cooperation. Many EU Member States are also actively engaged with Chile in S&T cooperation.

The main areas of cooperation under the Agreement have been in the thematic areas of Health; Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnology; Environment; Nanotechnology; ICT and Energy.

During the first six years of the 7th Framework Programme (up to May 2013), 97 Chilean institutional partners have been supported in some 49 signed grant agreements for different projects, mainly under the "People" Specific Programme - Marie Curie Actions - (45 participations). Chilean institutions have participated in projects in the areas of ICT (10); Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology (9) and Environment (8). Forty Chilean Researchers have come to Europe with Marie Curie Fellowships

Almost 10 million € has been committed to the Chilean participants for all these different activities.

Chile is also very active within the context of regional cooperation between the EU and Latin America, notably in the EU and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation. Chile co-chairs, together with Finland, the Working Group dealing with ICT.




The project "Chile-European Union STI Initiative" is a continuation of two previous bilateral projects. The project aims at supporting the enhancement of science, technology and innovation cooperation between stakeholders from the European Union Member States and associated countries, and from Chile. CEST+I will focus on jointly tackling societal challenges, on promoting the creation of networks and joint research projects, and on the dissemination of the opportunities of cooperation between Chile and the EU. It will also establish synergies with other on-going projects and initiatives, in particular those addressing the regional aspects of EU-CELAC cooperation.


Chile is an important participant in the INCO-Net project ALCUENET - Latin America, Caribbean and European Union Network on Research and Innovation (2012-2017). The coordinator is the Argentine Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation. The project started on the 1st of December 2012, and the kick-off meeting was held on 18 April 2013 in Brussels. It runs for four and a half years. It has 19 partners from 16 countries. The European countries involved are: Austria, Spain, Finland, France, Portugal and Norway. The CELAC partners are from Chile, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Panama, Barbados, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. The objectives of the project are, however, not only linked to the partner countries, but also to the bi-regional cooperation between the whole of EU and the Latin-American and Caribbean region.



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European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Indridi Benediktsson
Policy Officer
Unit RTD C2 – North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
Telephone: (+32) 229 93137

Indridi Benediktsson