Those interested in funding innovation, science and technology projects can apply for various programs at the National Fund for Science and Technology (FONASID) administered by the National Secretariat for Science and Technology (SENAID).
The Secretariat has a budget of Q12 million for that fund in 2023 to provide Q125 thousand for some projects and Q600 thousand for others.
The period for receipt of applications opens on April 26 and closes online on July 31 fondo.senacyt.gob.gt
Ana Chan, secretary of Senasit, explained each of the programs: one of these is called CTi, which aims to promote the development and diffusion of science, technology and innovation in the country, so Guatemalans want to study science jobs. FormaCTi program and its funding through EducaCTi up to master’s degree, up to Q150 thousand per year, up to 5 years.
Another option is to seek financial support for the results of scientific research that you want to disseminate or for events such as congresses, forums, seminars, workshops, training, coaching, certifications, exhibitions and awareness, training or promotion of CTi. Up to Q125 thousand per year, through the ComunicaCTi program with DifundeCTi financial tax.
The third opportunity is a program that financially supports citizens with scientific-technological projects or initiatives so that they can grow or advance through the ProInnovaCTi program through its EmprendeCTi financing line up to a maximum of Q500 thousand.
Another line of funding from the same program is Transfers CTi, through which knowledge transfer is supported to a maximum of Q400 thousand. In both cases, the projects should be implemented within 2 years.
Meanwhile, the fourth project, called ProCienciaGT, has five funding lines, according to Cenacid. Through these, researchers can choose resources for conducting basic and applied research under various options:
Q300 thousand to support social invest, research and socioeconomic studies.
GeneraCyT, which provides support for scientific knowledge and R&D management, supports the management of acquired knowledge, up to Q500 thousand.
SinerCyT is a line that provides support for inter-institutional research, and InterCTi supports research projects with international funding. In both cases it can reach Q600 thousand.
All programs and credit lines have their own requirements, but applicants must be registered with the National Directory of Researchers or the National Directory of Institutions.
They should be familiar with the basics and the user guide, as well as complete and submit the platform profile, attach or provide the required documents. An evaluation process is then initiated, followed by notification (acceptance or rejection).
There are other conditions depending on the program and the line of credit. For example, funds cannot be used to pay travel expenses, while others cannot be used to purchase equipment, furniture or capital goods.
Other examples are bachelor’s degrees or equivalent, with national impact, showing results equal to or equivalent to 70 points accepted at universities in Guatemala or abroad.
For more information apart from the electronic site in question, the Secretariat indicated that those interested may contact email [email protected] or telephone 2317-2600 extension 154.