Program PAI

The Attraction and Insertion of Advanced Human Capital Program, PAI, was created in 2009, and its goal is to enhance the academic, scientific, and technological capacities of Chilean institutions, through the recruitment of internationally recognized scientists for Chilean universities. These visits help to consolidate cooperation networks, and provide support for the integration of new researchers –trained in Chile or abroad– in academia or Chile’s productive sector.

Director: Carmen Luz Latorre S.

Budget 2013: USD 9,26 millon

Lines of Action:

  • Integration of researchers in the productive sector.
  • Integration of researchers in academia.
  • Recruitment of scientists from abroad.

Funding Instruments

  • Integration of Advanced Human Capital in the Productive Sector.
  • Doctoral theses with results that can be directly applied to the industrial sector.
  • Integration of Advanced Human Capital in Academia.
  • Attraction of Advanced Human Capital from Abroad, Short–Term Visit Modality (MEC).
  • Support for the return of researchers from abroad.

Main Achievements in 2012

  • Resources were awarded for 54 short–term visit proposals, which allows internationally renowned scientists to cooperate with Chilean universities, particularly in the country’s different regions.
  • Resources were awarded for 42 new projects that focus on strengthening Chilean academic institutions and research centers, through the integration of researchers who develop new lines of research and bolster graduate programs.
  • Resources were awarded for 18 new R+D+i projects in different Chilean companies, with the integration of 18 PhD graduates. Aditionally, PAI finances 10 doctoral thesis students, who are conducting their projects in the productive sector.
  • The pre–integration modality was adopted. This allows companies to receive funding for up to four months to develop a R+D+I project jointly with the researcher that they wish to integrate as part of the final proposal.
  • Publication about successful cases of researchers who have been integrated in the productive sector through this benefit. “Researchers in the private sector: the road to innovation” was distributed at an event that was held in October 2012 along with CORFO’s InnovaChile and SOFOFA, and that was attended by close to 200 business owners and researchers.
  • In the recruitment area, the CONICYT – FULBRIGHT partnership was strengthened, and a special competitive call was issued: “Recruitment of Advanced Human Capital from the United States” CONICYT – FULBRIGHT 2012.
  • Implementation of the first competitive call of PAI’s new funding instrument Support for the Return of Researchers from Abroad.

Advisory Council 2012


  • Miguel O´Ryan


  • César Bernasconi
  • Sergio Marshall
  • Juan José Ugarte
  • Conrad von Igel