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Date Published: July 23, 2017, 3:43 p.m.

The Metropolitan Regional Council (CORE) of Santiago is a collegiate body with normative, resolutive and oversight powers, whose institutionality is born with Constitutional Law 19,175 on Government and Regional Administration.

Its purpose is to make effective the participation of the regional community. It is composed of 34 councilors, elected since 2013 by universal suffrage, by direct vote of citizens.

Currently, the Metropolitan Regional Council is chaired by the counselor Manuel Hernández Vidal , representative of the Santiago Centro II area, which includes the communes of Independencia, Recoleta, Santiago, Quinta Normal, Cerro Navia and Lo Prado. He was chosen by his peers for the period 2017 - 2018.

The Innovation Fund for Competitiveness (FIC) is an annual allocation of resources received by the Metropolitan Regional Government to enhance the region's economic development through the execution of research projects that generate knowledge applicable to the productive sectors, thereby increasing development opportunities and quality of life of people.

The Regional Fund (FIC-R) is executed by the Regional Government, through two channels, the first through specialized public agencies (CORFO, Innova Chile, FIA, Conicyt, among others) that receive resources to develop their lines of work that conform to regional requirements; and the second, through a public contest addressed to Universities and Research and Development (R & D) Centers.

To this contest they can postulate the state universities or recognized by the State that are accredited; institutions incorporated in the registers of centers for carrying out R & D activities established in Law No. 20,241; and those that meet the requirements of Decree No. 68 of February 23, 2009 of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism. The resources of the FIC-R are aligned with the Regional Innovation Strategy, a planning instrument for the region.

Winning Projects since 2015

  • Universidad de Chile: Towards the sustainability of Santiago's peri-urban agricultural communities through the strengthening of the value chains associated with the territory
  • Feaunhofer chile- Buisness development FCR-CSET: Agropv: Development and verification of the economic technical feasibility of the photovoltaic agro concept in the fruit and vegetable production of the RM
  • University of Santiago: Santiago Originary: Incorporation of Collaborative ICT in the sustainable indigenous tourism sector for destination management and competitive patrimony turoperation.
  • Universidad de Chile: Towards a new ecosystem of SMEs based on the recycling of PET through the design of materials for sustainable construction.
  • University of Development: Great ideas for an intelligent city.
  • Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación: Elaboration of nanobiomaterials based on bioactive compounds of natural origin with applications in tissue regeneration.
  • University of Santiago: Enabling of horticultural producers of the RM for the elaboration of products of IV Range.
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: Design + Crafts open, collaborative and community platform for innovation and entrepreneurship of Mipes manufacturing in the Peñalolén district.
  • Adolfo Ibáñez University: Design, Validation and Transfer of a soil water recharge system due to the infiltration of rainwater.
  • Universidad Mayor: Camina Santiago: Intelligent neighborhood tourism: Improving the competitiveness of heritage tourism from trades, neighborhoods and metropolitan identity.