ANID Letter – list of projects "approved without funding"

ANID Letter – list of projects "approved without funding"

Dear researchers, evaluation groups and Vice-Chancellors,

The power to draw up a list of projects "approved without financing", in the bases of Fondecyt Regular 2022, responds to an imperative need to make visible the universe of projects of excellence that each year receives the ANID. This category was nothing more than a ranked list of high-level evaluated projects, as exists in many science and technology financing instruments around the world that, in addition to achieving this visibility of proposals for excellence, would allow other public funds (for example, regional funds) or private funds to access projects already evaluated. We have seen that this is not the reading that some actors have had, who have been clear in arguing that Fondecyt is an instrument that should only be financed with the regular budget of the ANID allocated for these purposes.

The scientific community has emphatically said that funding for science must increase, a statement that we not only share, but that motivates us to look every day for new arguments to increase public funding and also explore new possible sources of resources. This permanent exercise is also nourished by the virtuous relationship we have built with the Universities, the recommendations we receive from our evaluation groups, technical committees, users of the system, the review of international experiences and also to listen to the arguments that are generated from various actors of the community.

This culture of listening, but also of innovation within anid, is one that we believefortils the Agency and the system as a whole. This culture also requires understanding that each of the measures must be evaluated and corrected in view of the risk of generating negative effects.

Based on this, we have decided to suspend the use of the category of "approved without financing", which will not be used in the current contest or incorporated in future bases. We will also continue to seek new mechanisms to make visible the needs for more public funding of science and the exploration of new sources of funding that will equitably boost research excellence.

Alejandra Vidales
Deputy Director of Research Projects
Aisén Etcheverry E.
National Director

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