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CEST+I Report Summary

Project reference: 311974
Funded under: FP7-INCO

Final Report Summary - CEST+I (Chile-European Union STI Initiative)

Executive Summary:
The Chile-European Union Science, Technology and Innovation (CEST+I) initiative was implemented from January 2013 to December 2015 by its four partners: CONICYT (Chile), IDOM (Spain), IRD (France) and DLR (Germany).
The project provided an intense support to enhancing cooperation between European and Chilean researchers through the following activities, among others:

In WP1, the CEST+I project supported the development of the policy dialogue on STI between the EU and Chile. It has been active in the dialogue of the EU-Chile Steering Committee, and provided anew resource in form of an analysis of initiatives to scale up bilateral cooperation. The project has also produced analysis of the scope of existing bilateral and multilateral agreements – and established new platforms to coordinate activity among the scientific delegates of EU MS in Chile and among EU Liaison Offices across Latin America. CEST+I has also produced new resources for the Chilean scientific community – including detailed analysis of Chilean participation in FP7 and H2020. Finally, three international thematic workshops were organised on Antarctic Science, Solar Energy and Sustainable Mining leading to new collaborations and contacts between stakeholders in the relevant fields in Chile and the EU.

In WP2, the actions undertaken during the project have created a range of new networks between Chilean and European researchers. The Catalogue of Opportunities was created, and later updated with out-of-project funds. The Travel Fund and the Working Visit Fund have helped Chilean NCPs attend networking and information events in the UE and supported Chilean researchers to prepare new joint projects with their European counterparts. As part of these initiatives, three European NCP experts were invited to participate in a workshop in Chile in order to best benefit the largest part of the Chilean research community. Another joint initiative with the Latin American Liaison Offices was the establishment of a common NCP platform.

In WP3, the CEST+I project undertook a number of actions to develop innovation capacities in Chile and networks and between Chile and the EU. Major work in IPR, to support innovation in Chilean research centres, saw new analysis examining patenting systems in Chile and EU and the organization of a two-day IP workshop. The exchange programmes between EU KTOs and ETPs and counterpart organisations in Chile were established. Furthermore, two successful workshops on ETPs and KTOs were developed to enhance the knowledge in these two areas among Chilean researchers and knowledge transfer professionals and to facilitate networking and collaboration among Chilean and European stakeholders in these areas. Finally, the production of an online Map of Excellence for Chile has facilitated links between specialist centres in the EU and Chile.

The project has made substantial progress in dissemination (WP4), developing and maintaining a range of resources to raise awareness of possibilities for STI collaboration. An enhanced web presence was developed – with the new www.sti-cooperation.cl domain integrated under a common BILAT portal, www.bilat.eu. The website has been maintained with relevant information and the quarterly newsletter “European Connection” published from July 2013 to July 2015. A guide to H2020 applicants in Spanish was developed and a number of highly attended infodays on H2020 and other collaboration opportunities arranged, as well as one-on-one project-preparation meetings. Under this work package, a Joint Infoday with the other Latin American bilateral projects was also prepared, however extraordinary circumstances made it impossible to carry out the plans.

Project Context and Objectives:
The Chile-European Union Science, Technology and Innovation (CEST+I) initiative promoted cooperation between Chile and the European Union, its Member States and Associated Countries.

The project thereby contributed to the implementation of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI) between Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union.
The project had a number of specific objectives, which included –

- creating networks between Chilean and European researchers and institutions
- raising awareness of new opportunities for cooperation between Chile and the EU, and promoting joint research projects
- supporting policy dialogue between the EU and Chile on science, technology and innovation, to help jointly tackle common societal challenges
- training stakeholders and researchers from the Chilean academic community in areas that facilitate the internationalization of Chilean science.
The project was financed through the European Commission´s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), as a Coordination and Support Action.

It was implemented by a consortium coordinated by the Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), and comprised three further partners – IDOM (Spain), IRD (France) and DLR (Germany).

The project had a duration of 36 months, commencing 1st January 2013 and concluding 31st December 2015. It was comprised of five work packages (WP) –

WP1 – Political dialogue
WP2 – Creating networks between Chilean and European researchers
WP3 – Knowledge to Innovation
WP4 – Dissemination and awareness raising
WP5 – Management

The project was divided into two reporting periods. The first reporting period covered the first 18 months of the project (1st January – 30th June 2014). The second reporting period covered the second 18 months of the project (1st July 2014 – 31st December 2015).
This final report relates to both reporting periods after the conclusion of the project.

Project Results:
Due to the fact that CEST+I is a Coordination and Support Action, no scientific and technological results in form of publications and patens have been produced, however, important achievements include:

In WP1, the CEST+I project supported the development of the policy dialogue on STI between the EU and Chile. It has been active in the dialogue of the EU-Chile Steering Committee, playing an important role in the dialogue between the Commission and Chile in relation to the Steering Committee Meeting and provided anew resource in form of an analysis of initiatives to scale up bilateral cooperation. The project has also produced analysis of the scope of existing bilateral and multilateral agreements – and established new platforms to coordinate activity among the scientific delegates of EU MS in Chile and among EU Liaison Offices across Latin America. CEST+I has also produced new resources for the Chilean scientific community – including detailed analysis of Chilean participation in FP7 and H2020. Finally, three international thematic workshops were organised on Antarctic Science, Solar Energy and Sustainable Mining leading to new collaborations and contacts between stakeholders in the relevant fields in Chile and the EU.

In WP2, the actions undertaken during the project have created a range of new networks between Chilean and European researchers. The Catalogue of Opportunities was created, and later updated with out-of-project funds, - and served as an important tool in the dissemination of opportunities in Chile for European researchers. The Travel Fund and the Working Visit Fund have helped Chilean NCPs attend networking and information events in the UE and supported Chilean researchers to prepare new joint projects with their European counterparts. As part of these initiatives, three European NCP experts were invited to participate in a workshop in Chile in order to best benefit the largest part of the Chilean research community. To this event, also other EU Liaison Offices in Latin America were invited to participate, continuing the collaboration between the Chilean Liaison Office and these counterparts. Another joint initiative with the Latin American Liaison Offices was the establishment of a common NCP platform.

In WP3, the CEST+I project undertook a number of actions to develop innovation capacities in Chile and networks and between Chile and the EU. Major work in IPR, to support innovation in Chilean research centres, saw new analysis examining patenting systems in Chile and EU and the organization of a two-day IP workshop with the Chilean institute for intellectual property, with over 60 expert attendees on both days. The exchange programmes between EU KTOs and ETPs and counterpart organisations in Chile were established. Furthermore, two successful workshops on ETPs and KTOs were developed to enhance the knowledge in these two areas among Chilean researchers and knowledge transfer professionals and to facilitate networking and collaboration among Chilean and European stakeholders in these areas. Finally, the production of an online Map of Excellence for Chile has facilitated links between specialist centres in the EU and Chile.

The project has made substantial progress in dissemination (WP4), developing and maintaining a range of resources to raise awareness of possibilities for STI collaboration. An enhanced web presence was developed – with the new www.sti-cooperation.cl domain integrated under a common BILAT portal, www.bilat.eu. The website has been maintained with relevant information and the quarterly newsletter “European Connection” published from July 2013 to July 2015. A guide to H2020 applicants in Spanish was developed and a number of highly attended infodays on H2020 and other collaboration opportunities arranged, as well as one-on-one project-preparation meetings. Under this work package, a Joint Infoday with the other Latin American bilateral projects was also prepared, however extraordinary circumstances made it impossible to carry out the plans.

The management of the project has not encountered significant issues during the project. The project has been maintained within the budget. During the project, 99.83% percent of the Person Months assigned and 85% of the total costs for the project have been accounted for.

Potential Impact:
The CEST+I project has achieved substantial impacts across its four Work Packages during the project.

It has supported the implementation of the Chile-EU Science and Technology agreement, its 2013-2015 action plan and continues to support the meeting of the EU-Chile S&T Steering Committee.

It has also had a broad impact in three of the project´s priority sectors – with its workshops on Antarctic Science, Solar Energy Research and Sustainable Mining in 2013, 2014 and 2015, catalyzing important contacts and first steps towards new bi- or multilateral cooperation (detailed in D5.3).

The project provided a range of tools to bring together EU and Chilean researchers – developing and later updating the Catalogue of the Opportunities and disseminating it to 34 EU Member States and Associated Countries, as well in Chile. Additionally, the project has developed the Guide for Applicants to Chilean researchers interested in applying to Horizon 2020 and has reached over 800 researchers at 29 Horizon 2020 information events in Chile. Furthermore, it has worked directly with an important number of research groups to help them develop proposals for H2020 joint research projects.

Its travel and networking funds have has an important role in the creation of new contacts, capacity building on H2020 for important multipliers in the Chilean research community and initiation of concrete project proposals for H2020 in a multitude of thematic areas. A total of 22 expert European and Chilean researchers and NCPs were financed through the two funds. The NCP network created during the project has had and continues to have an important dissemination and contact role in the Chilean Research Community.

The project has fostered new information and new collaboration between EU KTOs and Chilean technology transfer offices, and organized a major workshop on IP and its role to support innovation in Chile, supported by leading EU experts. Also in the area of the European ETPs knowledge and new collaboration were generated.

Its website has projected the reach of the Liaison Offices and its information documents profoundly. The website has been maintained updated with crucial information in Spanish and English, securing the visit of over 43,303 guests.

The project’s e-newsletter, European Connection, was published in 9 issues during project between July 2013 and July 2015, disseminating important information about research in Chile and EU.

List of Websites:
www.sti-cooperation.cl

Lotte Bak, Project Executive, CONICYT, lbak@conicyt.cl , +56 2 23654455

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Record Number: 183964 / Last updated on: 2016-06-03
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