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.
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