The University of California, Davis announced today that it is expanding its long-standing partnership with the Chilean government with the creation of a $12 million life science center.
The center will focus on collaboration between experts at UC Davis and Chile in transforming research into regional and national business endeavors, said a written release from the university.
The $12 million budget will cover three years of activity at the new center, which will be called the UC Davis Life Science Center in Chile.
The research will be conducted at UC Davis and in Santiago, Chile, said Karen Rose-Nikos, spokeswoman at UC Davis.
The Chilean government will fund half the budget from funds secured by CORFO, the country’s economic development agency. The remaining $6 million will come from industry and university partner cost-sharing, including $1.5 million from UC Davis.
The center’s long-term goal is to support research, development and economic competitiveness in Chile and California with a focus on the agriculture. Agriculture is the second largest industry in Chile. Areas of research will include plant breeding, post-harvest and climate-change technologies.
“This new Innovation Center will also help support and advance UC Davis’ goals to promote economic opportunities for California and throughout the world. And, it furthers the work of our excellent agricultural programs,” said Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor of UC Davis, in a written release. “It also follows the goals and mission of the UC Global Food Initiative to develop, demonstrate and export solutions — throughout California, the U.S. and the world — for food security, health and sustainability.”