Fondef Program

The Scientific and Technological Development Support Fund (FONDEF) is a program that is managed by the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), and that is part of the National System of Public Funds for Scientific and Technological Research. FONDEF works within the framework of the National Innovation Strategy of the Government of Chile, and follows the long–term guidelines designed by the National Innovation Council.


The Scientific and Technological Development Support Fund, FONDEF, was established in 1991 with the mission of promoting ties and partnerships among research institutions, corporations, and other entities. The goal is to develop applied research projects that can improve Chile’s competitiveness and the quality of life of its population.