Science ministry offers grants to outside experts

The science ministry is announcing a program to attract and support what officials call highly qualified persons to come to Costa Rica for six months to a year. Applications are being taken until March 14.

The project is being supported by a fund operated by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones and the Consejo Nacional para Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas.

The persons who are invited will collaborate in the development of research projects that are connected to the productive sector, said the announcement.

The ministry mentioned earth and space science, research into new materials, biotechnology, health and emerging diseases, alternative energy and digital technology.

The grants will be 12.5 million colons or about $25,000, said the ministry. They will be awarded to persons who come here to work in research projects already approved by the ministry, it said. Such projects usually are done in a university or a research institute, it said.

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