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About the MSI
MSI Program contributes to the increase of Chile?s scientific and technological competitiveness
The Objective of the MSI Program is to contribute to the increase in Chile’s scientific and technological competitiveness, which is understood as the ability to generate, adapt, contextualize and apply new scientific and technological knowledge to the social and economic development of the country.
Its purpose is to improve the quantity and quality of cutting edge scientific and technological research in the country, encouraging researchers of excellence to work in synergic groups in order to confront new problems and generate new knowledge.
In order to achieve this objective, the MSI Program directly stimulates and supports the collaborative work of scientific groups through the creation of Institutes and Nuclei, offering an atmosphere that is appropriate and favorable to the creation and development of new ideas (identity, national and international prestige and recognition, stable financing over a period of time, infrastructure and equipment, monetary incentives, critical mass of professionals, networks with other research institutions, etc.). In this way it expects that the best groups of scientists will be able to reach their potential within a system that is independent, transparent, flexible and efficient (See Opinions).
With the creation of these Research Centers of Excellence (Institutes and Nuclei), the Program manages to create research institutions that will endure over time, and which will contribute to an increase in knowledge in different disciplines, in order to provide solutions for the various challenges that the country faces. For this reason, these centers are given incentives to remain in constant contact with society (See Activities of Outward Projection).
Additionally, the Program is aimed at reducing the common “brain drain” of scientists to other countries, as well as getting Chilean and foreign scientists currently working in other countries to return and contribute to the national system of scientific-technological research. In order to do this, the MSI gives incentives to groups of scientists at Institutes and Nuclei for establishing teams, made up particularly of young scientists, with international-level academic and scientific excellence (See Results of the Productivity Evaluation), as well as for creating ties and networks with the best research institutions in the world, in order to attain synergy and results that have will have a global impact (See Centers Collaboration Networks).
Finally, the MSI taps into human capabilities in scientific and technological research, as a key factor for sustainable, long-term development, recognized for their high economic and social profitability.