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:: AMIRA Supporting Submissions for a Centre of Excellence in Chile

AMIRA is actively supporting two applications for an award offered by the Chilean Government through CORFO Innova; they are the Sustainable Minerals Institute from University of Queensland and CSIRO.

The deadline to receive the final proposals is November 2010. Both the SMI and CSIRO have established important alliances to work in Mining and Mineral Research with local Universities. SMI is presenting a centre of excellence in collaboration with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Concepción and Universidad Católica del Norte. CSIRO is associated with the Universidad de Chile, while inviting other Research Centres and Universities as partners of this Centre of Excellence.

Some of the expected objectives of this program in Chile are:

  • Faster access to new technologies, knowledge and source of applied knowledge.
  • International collaboration with local research centres and institutes.
  • Strengthening of the capacities of the National Innovation System for Competitiveness.
  • Training of a more stable critical mass of highly qualified professionals.

The award considers a total of USD$ 19.5 million over 10 years, with the distribution being in three stages:

  • Installation, 3 years, USD$3 million per annum
  • Operation, 3 years, USD$1.5 per annum
  • Consolidation, 4 years, USD$ 1.5 per annum




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