Regional Program

The Regional Program was created in 2000 with the goal of promoting scientific and technological development in Chile’s regions, by working jointly with regional governments and research centers, according to the needs and priorities determined in each region for its economic and social development.

Director: Juan Paulo Vega

Budget 2013: USD 7,8 millones

Lines of Action:

  • Generating capacities for the development of science, technology, and innovation in Chile’s different regions, through the implementation and monitoring of projects that focus on the establishment and strengthening of Regional Centers for Scientific and Technological Research, funded jointly by CONICYT and each regional government.
  • Promoting the implementation of instruments that are relevant for regional needs, and coordinating the use of resources coming from the Innovation Fund for Competitiveness (FIC Regional) –that are allocated to CONICYT– through the institutional representation of stakeholders who participate in the process of funding allocation.

Funding Instruments

  • Competitive call for the establishment of Regional Centers.
  • Competitive call for the strengthening of Regional Centers.
  • Call for project of Regional Diploma Programs in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Competitiveness.
  • Regional calls that are coordinated with other CONICYT programs, such as the Regional Call for Science–Private Sector Ties, Regional Call for Doctoral Theses on Industry, R+D Regional Call, and Chile VA!, among others.

Main Achievements in 2012

  • 14 working Regional Centers.
  • Three projects for strengthening Regional Centers awarded in the Fourth National Competitive Call.
  • First–time implementation of a Complementary Fund along with Antofagasta, Biobío, and Tarapacá Regions. CONICYT resources were added to allocations made by the regions through their FIC Regional or other regional funds. Three cooperation agreements were signed for a long–term program that will strengthen science and technology capacities.
  • USD 7.8 million that governments have allocated for CONICYT, which represents 30% more than in 2011. This allowed awarding resources for two regional diploma projects in Biobío Region, and issuing regional competitive calls with PAI, PIA, FONDEF, and Explora programs.
  • Implementation of the RED Project in Antofagasta, Coquimbo, Metropolitana, O’Higgins, and Tarapacá regions.

Advisory Council 2012


  • José Miguel Aguilera


  • Eduardo Agosín
  • Pedro Bouchon
  • Juan Carlos Castilla
  • Gonzalo Cordua
  • Thierry De Saint Pierre
  • Mario Varela
  • Jorge Yutronic