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National Antarctic Science Program (PROCIEN)

The National Antarctic Science Program (PROCIEN) of the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), consists of scientific projects financed, organised, coordinated and implemented directly or in support of universities and scientific research centers in the country. Scientific activities are subject to different lines of funding through a transparent, free and internationally peer-reviewed examination of projects.

Chilean Antarctic research is currently in a favorable phase rarely seen in history, with 10 financing funds currently in operation. In addition to funds for field projects, funds supporting undergraduate and graduate thesis were created, and thanks to an agreements between INACH and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), projects can be developed through the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FONDECYT), with its Regular, Initiation and Postdoctoral programs, from the Research Partnership program (PIA) and the International Cooperation Programme (PCI). These are in addition to the first National Centre of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography of the Development Fund on Priority Areas (Fondap). Also the Corfo-Innova project and a Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development (FONDEF) project, are in execution.

Thanks to partnerships with different public and private institutions, and further diversification of funding sources, Chile is supporting a greater amount of high quality scientific projects in Antarctica, reaching unprecedented numbers for the country (88 current projects).

Chilean scientific research in Antarctica shows clear strengths in the study and understanding of the Antarctic environment in the context of climate change, its physical and biological dimensions, its past and present, and the modeling of future scenarios. INACH maintains six lines of research, framed by the priorities identified by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), but that also consider our comparative advantages and national interest.

The Support Program for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Thesis, launched in 2006 and 2008 respectively, deserve a special mention, because they do not promote the formation of human capital only; they also ensure equal opportunities for young people who need the encouragement of the State, in order to develop their scientific interest in Antarctica.

For more information, visit PROCIEN 2015.