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UK-Chile research projects announced to support economic development and welfare in Chile

14/01/2016

The Research Councils and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) have announced research projects between UK and Chilean researchers, which contribute to the economic development and welfare of Chile and to developing countries more broadly.

Up to £2.5 million and 1.05 billon pesos has been allocated from the Newton-Picarte Fund for this activity to address four themes: disaster management; nutrition and health; sustainable aquaculture; and education, inequality and social change.

Researchers in both the UK and Chile will collaborate on activities including observational and intervention studies in education and the effect it has on future employment; improving resistance to diseases and parasites in aquaculture species; public infrastructure resilience and the prevention of natural disasters; and evaluation of dietary public policies on the population’s health.

The following 10 two to three-year projects have been selected: 

Project Title

UK Research Organisation

Chilean Research Organisation

Governing the educational and labour market trajectories of secondary TVET graduates in Chile

University of Glasgow

Universidad Alberto Hurtado

Utilising functional genomic variation for improved disease resistance in Chilean salmon aquaculture

University of Edinburgh

University of Chile

Mucosal health and microbiota during sea lice parasitism: effect of oral delivery of immunomodulants

University of Plymouth

University of Chile

A language and reading intervention programme for Chile, piloted in the Robinson Crusoe population

University of Oxford

University of Chile

Disaster management and resilience in electric power systems

The University of Manchester

University of Chile

Shaking Tunnel Vision

University of Leeds

Pontifical Catholic Uni of Valparaiso

Mapping fish CD4 T cell subsets for vaccine improvement

University of Aberdeen

University of Santiago de Chile

School to higher education, work transitions and exclusion: Insight and learning from 4 countries in times of social reform in Chile

University of Edinburgh

Catholic University of Temuco

Evaluating the role of fiscal policy in improving diets and preventing chronic disease in Chile: impact evaluation and modelling

University of York

University of Chile

Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF’s) in Chile: Processes, Hazards and Prediction

Aberystwyth University

Austral University of Chile

The Newton-Picarte Fund offers £4 million a year for science and innovation co-operation with Chile for three years, with matched local funding.

Grants will commence on 1st February 2016. Further information on the projects is available here.

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Further information

Contact:
Katie Clark
Tel: 01793 444387 or email: Katie Clark

Notes to editors

  1. Chile's National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) was established in 1967 under the wing of the Ministry of Education, and as an advisory body to the President of the Republic on scientific development issues. See www.conicyt.cl/

  2. The call is part of the Newton-Picarte fund, a US$40 million fund aimed to promote scientific research and innovation over three years. The fund will support joint research projects between Chilean and British scientists, foster human capital and support commercialisation of technology, in order to contribute to the economic development and social welfare of Chile.

  3. The Newton Fund is a £375 million fund which, through science and innovation partnerships aims to promote the economic development and welfare of people in developing countries. The Fund is overseen by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and delivered through 15 delivery partners in collaboration with 15 partnering countries. For more information visit the Newton Fund website.


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