Chile has increased science and technology investment and has been implementing legislation to encourage innovation. Universities are at the forefront when it comes to research, but other sectors of society have been incorporated little by little.
Chile has been carrying out large-scale and internationally-renowned research projects, such as Alma, the first global astronomical project with Europe, North America and Japan cooperating with Chile. ALMA is a series of radio telescopes, an astronomical park with 50 antennae that will study the universe from Llano de Chajnantor, a plain located at 5,000 meters above sea level in the Atacama Desert.
Most research centers have been managed by academic institutions; however, the Chilean government has recently been encouraging associativeness between the public and private sector in order to empower Chile as a place for developing world-class research centers. Corfo recently launched the Program for Attracting International Centers of Excellence for Competitiveness.
Research Institutions in Chile
Fundación Chile: This foundation promotes production development, covering areas such as agribusiness, forestry, marine resources and quality. Its mission is technological innovation, mainly by means of transferring proven technologies contributing towards more efficient use of natural resources and production capacity in Chile in keeping with market demand. Chile is a major world producer of salmon, fine cheeses such as goat and sheep cheese, lobster, king crab, blueberries, raspberries and world-renowned wines.
Address: Parque Antonio Rabat Sur 6165, Vitacura, Santiago
Ciren (Natural Resource Information Center): A private non-profit corporation. This institution provides information on renewable natural resources, bringing together the largest georeferenced database on soil, water resources, climate, fruit production and forestry information in Chile.
Address: Manuel Montt 1164, Providencia, Santiago
Phones: 2008904 / 2230651
Cimm (Mining and Metallurgical Research Center): A research institution that answers to the Ministry of Mining. The Cimm website provides information about technomlogical R&D, research encouragement and mining research fund programs.
Address: Parque Antonio Rabat 6500, Vitacura, Santiago Casilla: 170, Correo 10
Phones: 2184311 – 2429462
Chile is a mining-intensive country. Chuquicamata is the largest open pit copper mine in the world. Codelco is a Chilean state-owned company that produced 1,548,000 metric tons of fine copper in 2008. The country’s most important copper mine is currently Minera Escondida. Chile is the largest supplier of copper in the world.
Cchen (Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission): The Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission is part of the country’s scientific and technological infrastructure. Cchen promotes and strengthens national production development from its own perspective: nuclear energy and its applications.
Address: Amunátegui 95, Santiago Casilla: 188 – D
Fax: 6991618 – 6994548
Inach (Chilean Antarctic Institute): A technical agency belonging to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of planning and coordinating duly authorized scientific and technological activities executed by the State and the private sector in Chile’s Antarctic Territory. These studies mainly focus on glaciology and climatic change.
Address: Plaza Muñoz Gomero 1055, Punta Arenas
Fax: (61) 298100