Millennium Science Initiative

The Millennium Science Initiative funds the creation and development of research centers of excellence, in the areas of social sciences and natural and exact sciences, which are awarded through public competitions, considering their scientific merits. These centers are divided into Millennium Institutes and Millennium Nuclei, which differ mainly, by the number of researchers, financing periods and financing amount.

Millennium is a program of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile, and depends on the Undersecretary of Economy and Lower Size Companies.

Millennium Centers

The Millennium Science Initiative finances Research Centers of Excellence that cover a wide range of areas of knowledge and of impact for our society

Millennium Centers

Millennium Contest

The calls to contest of Millennium Institutes and Nucleus projects have two purposes: the creation of new research centers of excellence and the competitive renewal of those that complete their first period of execution.


Extension and Networks

Projection to the External Medium

The spreading and transfer of knowledge and scientific work to the community is another of the considered key components in the Millennium Science Initiative. To promote this, the Millennium Institutes and Nuclei must apply annually for a competition of outreach initiatives. The Evaluation Committee of these projects is composed by four external evaluators with experience in communications, education and scientific transfer, as well as a representative of the Executive Secretariat.


The development of networks and inter-institutional cooperation is a key component of the science of excellence. For this purpose, Millennium performs annual competitions to which its research centers apply, and are evaluated by a Committee composed by at least 2 representatives of external entities with experience in strengthening the country’s scientific and technological base, who are coordinated by the Executive Secretariat of Millennium.