Today in Argentina’s Casa Rosada women’s room, the announcement of the launch of the tender for seven infrastructure projects to strengthen the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation within the federal program “Build Science” took place. There is a total of 3,605 million pesos and 14,500 m² allocated to the provinces of San Luis, Misiones, Corrientes, Mendoza, Cordoba, Santa Fe and Buenos Aires. The event was chaired by the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Daniel Filmus, accompanied by the President of CONICET, Ana Franchi; Santa Fe Governor Omar Perotti; the Minister of Production, Science and Technological Innovation of the Province of Buenos Aires, Augusto Costa; the Secretary of Technological Scientific Articulation, Juan Pablo Paz; the Secretary of State for Institutional Coordination, Pablo Nuñez; the Secretary of State for Federalization of Science, Technology and Innovation, Luz Lardone; IDB authorities and provincial S&T officials involved in the announcement.
The seven works, financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB Loan No. 5293/OC-AR) through the Federal Innovation Program, belong to institutes with double dependence between CONICET and national universities, selected taking into account a federal criterion for distribution of resources and the relevance of the scientific and technological activities developed in them. It should be noted that this was also possible thanks to the Funding Law of the National Science, Technology and Innovation System.
During the announcement, Filmus stated, “It’s a great pleasure to share this moment. The seven buildings are in universities and it is the virtuoso articulation between CONICET and universities that supports some of the research in Argentina.” . The unanimously adopted Funding Law for the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation, as well as the Law on the Knowledge Economy and the Law on the Promotion of Bio- and Nanotechnology are historic features,” and also mentioned that the 2030 Plan will be discussed tomorrow at the National Congress. “This work was planned for 2014. When time is wasted in science, you cannot pick up where you left off. Freezing costs a lot. We must put an end to the shuttle policy and work to consolidate public policy in this direction; Today we take a step forward. We want to federalize science and discriminate positively in order to give more to those who initially have less. We must advance to transform the production model and create sovereignty, we must fight and we are proud of our researchers. With the universities and institutes of CONICET we are committed and what is built stays. That should make us all Argentines proud” and thanked the work of Paz, Nuñez, Franchi, who “made the tendering of these projects possible”; to the IDB, “which allows them to be funded and fulfilled within the established deadlines”; to the teams involved and the presence of Perotti and authorities.
In his speech, the governor claimed to “strongly believe in it” and called for “making this visible beyond the importance and importance it has for the entire science and technology sector” which “complies with state policies, with real Investments” must be supported and concrete. Perotti said that INLAIN “will be able to construct its building in this excellent development site that is our Parque Tecnológico del Litoral, adding to this investment that in two previous instances has well exceeded $300 million,” and referring to the investments made by the National University of Rosario and the National University of Rafaela, “more than 1,000 million, and the signs of continuity and the message that we convey are very important. There is an investment program that is not random”.
Concluding, Perotti stated that he feels “the proud governor of a productive province and the proud governor of biotechnology and science and technology in our province, and incorporating this fact into our message is central to expanding this positive shockwave of the science and technology sector in the new production matrix of Argentina”.
The President of CONICET, Ana Franchi, highlighted the value of this type of work and the support of the National Government for Science and Technology. “It is a great pleasure to present these works. Behind every work, every building is a lot of work and a lot of heart and soul. From our directors and institute leaders, CCT, researchers, fellows, professionals and leaders who are driving all these constructions,” he said. And along those lines, he added, “These kinds of projects, often abandoned, represent a dream , which we can carry on here today. It is very important to be able to work in suitable places with all the qualities and conditions to advance the investigations. Furthermore, they are all buildings with a gender perspective in their design.”
For his part, Costa said: “It is important to have these projects and poles, like the ones that are being developed in Tandil. This project is among those being carried out in the province, for example in Baradero, Madariaga, Berisso and Quilmes. In different places of the province, thanks to the work carried out with Daniel, access to and the development of scientific activities is guaranteed.”
For his part, Paz emphasized, “This act is an honor as we celebrate and announce the opening of seven very important calls under the federal Build Science program that we are coordinating with Pablo Nuñez. It is consistent with the mandate that the President and Vice President have entrusted to us, which is to strengthen the SNCTI to take care of the needs of our people, take care of national development, change the production matrix and federalize the resources to end this Injustice in the distribution of resources in the system. We are confident that with this program we are taking on great responsibility as part of the challenge to get the battered system back on its feet,” he concluded.
Federal perspective with environmental commitment
1. Institute of Applied Physics – INFAP (San Luis)
CONICET – National University of San Luis
Location: City of San Luis
New building with two floors with laboratories and workshops for biomaterial research, development of micromechanical systems, among other things.
Official budget: $849,353,861.58
Area: 3,390 m²
Execution period: 18 months
INFAP objective: Conducting scientific research and development of technologies in the field of applied physics.
2.Misiones Materials Institute – Institute of Subtropical Biology – IMAM IBS
CONICET – National University of Misiones
Location: City of Posadas, Misiones
Two new buildings with two floors Laboratories and workshops for materials research (including biopolymers, food preservation, biorefineries) and subtropical biology (including molecular biology, applied genetics, animal cytogenetics, ichthyology).
Official budget: $785,189,592.25
Area: 2,870 m²
Execution period: 14 months
IBS Goal: Generation and transfer of scientific knowledge in basic and applied biology, with a special focus on studies of genetics, biodiversity and subtropical ecosystems in Argentina.
Objective of the IMAM: To promote development in areas of materials science and technology.
3. Institute of Botany of the Northeast – IBONE
CONICET – National University of the Northeast
Location: City of Corrientes
New building with two floors Laboratories for research in botany, genetics, forest biotechnology, natural resources, etc.
Official budget: $362,610,213.98
Area: 1,621 m²
Execution period: 13 months
Objective of the IBONE: Conducting basic and applied research in the field of botany (taxonomy, anatomy, cytogenetics, genetics and improvement of forage species, plant physiology, applied biotechnology and functional genomics are its research areas).
4. Argentine Institute of Arid Zone Research – Argentine Institute of Nivology, Glaciology and Environmental Sciences – IADIZA IANIGLA
CONICET – National University of Cuyo – Government of Mendoza
Location: City of Mendoza.
New building with two floors and a basement for laboratories, workshops and collection depots for research in dry areas (paleontology, cryospheric sciences, geology, dendrochronology, etc.) as well as nivology, glaciology and environmental sciences (plant physiology, desertification, vivarium, ecology of animal behavior, etc.).
Official budget: $577,500,211.33
Area: 2,583 m²
Execution period: 18 months
IADIZA Objective: Generate scientific research aimed at understanding and explaining the structure and functioning of drylands.
IANIGLA Objective: To advance knowledge of the present and past environmental dynamics of Western Argentina, with a focus on the study of the water and natural resources of the regions that make it up.
5. Pharmaceutical Technology Research and Development Unit – UNITEFA
CONICET – National University of Cordoba
Location: City of Cordoba
New building with three laboratory floors and a pilot plant for research and technological services, including in nanotechnology platforms, biomedical applications, biocompatible materials, drug design.
Official budget: $365,261,513.96
Area: 1,315 m²
Execution period: 12 months
UNITEFA goal: Generation of knowledge for the development of new processes and products for the pharmaceutical industry, both in human and veterinary medicine.
6.Institute of Industrial Lactology – INLAIN
CONICET – National University of the Coast
Location: City of Santa Fe
New building with two laboratory floors and technical center for milk and milk product-oriented research from microbiology, genetics, membrane filtration laboratories, etc.
Official budget: $312,597,639.90
Area: 1,333 m²
Execution period: 12 months
INLAIN objective: to develop scientific and technological knowledge related to milk and milk products, mainly cheese.
7. Tandil Veterinary Research Center – CIVETAN
CONICET – National University of the Center of Buenos Aires Province – Scientific Research Commission of the Province of Buenos Aires.
Location: City of Tandil, Buenos Aires
Two new buildings with two floors for conventional and biosafety laboratories and a dairy for pharmacological and toxicological research as well as for animal health and preventive medicine.
Official budget: $374,470,333.20
Area: 1,475 m²
Execution period: 15 months
CIVETAN objective: Acquisition of scientific knowledge with the aim of an integrated animal health system and optimization of the production of food products of animal origin. Research centers related to veterinary physiology and pharmacology as well as animal health and preventive medicine.