Information Day Horizon 2020 was held for researchers from CRUCH universities

An Information Day was held at the University of Santiago on the current guidelines of the European Union Research and Innovation Framework Program called Horizon 2020. The Conference was convened by the Council of Rectors in conjunction with CONICYT and the French regional delegation of cooperation for the Southern Cone and Brazil from the French Embassy.

 The relevance of international collaboration in the development of the sciences, humanities, technology and innovation acquires the highest priority and relevance among the universities of the Council of Rectors.

In this perspective, the objective of the Conference was focused on providing practical information to researchers so that they can learn more directly about the operation of the H2020 program and learn about the scope of this new framework program for research, which represents an investment close to 80 billion euros for the whole world in the next 7 years. With this initiative, H2020 hopes to strengthen the role of Europe and contribute to the strengthening of international links for the development of research of excellence, industrial leadership and social challenges.

The first part of the event was held in the Hall of Honor of the University of Santiago and was attended by the Rector of this House of Studies, Juan Manuel Zolezzi, who opened the Conference with a welcome greeting. The Ambassador of France, Marc Giacomini, and the Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union in Chile, Rafael Dochao, were also present and spoke. The Director of CONICYT's international cooperation program, Gonzalo Arenas, gave a brief description of the role of this institution that supports Chilean researchers so that they can access this new framework program. He also reported that CONICYT has an office specially designed for this purpose through the national contact points (NCP).

The meeting was attended by three international experts. Piero Venturi, head of the Science, Technology and Innovation Section of the Delegation of the European Union in Brazil, focused his presentation on providing a global vision of the program and its specific areas such as excellence sciences, social challenges and industrial leadership.

For his part, Guy Henry, from the French Center for Agricultural Research for International Development (CIRAD), gave his vision on why and how to apply for the H2020 program.

The third guest, Sebastien Carretier, representative in Chile of the Research Institute for Development of France (IRD) and expert in Earth Sciences, explained the great research opportunities that exist due to the conditions in our country.

For her part, the coordinator of Conicyt, Trinidad García, referred to the successful Chilean experience in PM7, where 537 Chileans applied, of which 119 obtained financing, in areas such as Bioeconomy, Environment and ICTs. 

The account of a specific application as a participant in the framework program was delivered by Héctor Torres from the Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana who - as the NCP of CONICYT - provided detailed information on his experience.

After sharing a camaraderie lunch, the researchers present at the Conference formed three working groups to learn about operational aspects in the field of international ties, design and presentation of projects. Each group addressed three topics: how to find partners? How to develop a project? And how does the H2020 page work? The three groups had the support of foreign experts and CONICYT. 

The participants expressed their interest in this type of activity and hope to be able to replicate it in regional contexts with the support of CONICYT and CRUCH.