R&D with the Industry

The UC Innovation Center supports professors and researchers in the detection, formulation and contractualization of R&D projects by request with public sector companies.

READ THE MANUAL ON R&D BY REQUEST

Value offer

“R&D by request” considers all Research and Development activity that considers request by an external client, who supplies all or part of the funding, in addition to defining the challenge to be solved.

If your Academic Unit does not have an office to bridge with the industry or a services unit, the UC Innovation Center will be the institutional contact point for management of this nature.

The Center supports the design, formulation, methodology, negotiation and monitoring of R&D projects by request, accompanying researchers throughout the process.

R&D by request figures

36

Companies collaborating with the UC

70

Projects

$5.980

Millions in investment

UC Manual

With the purpose of standardizing formalization, negotiation and contractualization of R&D projects by request, the UC Vice-Rectorate for Research created this manual in order for the institutional regulations for this kind of projects not to mean an additional load for academic units.

This manual includes details on the actors and steps involved in the formulation of an R&D project by request, with the purpose of making the  institutional guidelines on R&D by request available, contributing to the strengthening of Universidad Católica’s lines of research.

READ THE MANUAL HERE

UC Regulation

The UC Vice-Rectorate for Investigation’s efforts to strengthen the connection between academy and industry have led to the creation of the University’s Regulations on R&D by request, which were approved and implemented in January 2018.

The regulations represent Universidad Catolica’s institutional rules for all R&D projects executed by UC professors and researchers, that consider requirements from an external client.

Read the regulation here

Projects

Promoting the development of energy storage technologies

Albemarle Corporation

Promoting the development of energy storage technologies

Lead by the Chemistry and Engineering schools in collaboration with Albemarle Corporation, this projects seeks to control the magnesium content in Lithium Carbonate, which is obtained in the lithium extraction process.

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The Cargill-UC alliance for aquaculture and fish health innovation

Cargill

The Cargill-UC alliance for aquaculture and fish health innovation

Since 2016, Cargill has a close relationship with the Universidad Católica, dedicated to strengthening the companies fish health department through sponsored research projects with the Engineering, Medicine and Biological Sciences schools.

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A new solution for cancer treatment

Nanotec

A new solution for cancer treatment

The UC School of Medicine has been working with Nanotec since 2018 on a new breast cancer treatment therapy. This project makes use of metallic nanoparticles, which are inserted in platelets, small cells that circulate within the bloodstream and help forming blood clots.

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Reuse of mining waste for energy generation

Salmag

Reuse of mining waste for energy generation

Researchers from the UC Engineering and Chemistry schools lead a project that seeks to make use of residual materials from the lithium carbonate generation process. The team has worked on developing a salt compound which allows for an efficiency increase in CSP plants in the north of Chile.

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Functional ingredients and natural additives

IFAN

Functional ingredients and natural additives

The IFAN consortium (Functional ingredients and natural additives) is part of the strategic technology program from the Chilean Economic Development Agency, granted in 2016. Its objective is to diversify and sophisticate the supply of functional ingredients and natural additives for the national food industry. Over 10 companies, 4 universities (the UC among them) and more than 50 researchers are working on the 15 projects that are part of this consortium.

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New hydrogen engines for the mining industry

New hydrogen engines for the mining industry

Within this consortium, private companies and universities co-develop dual-combustion hydrogen- and diesel-based engines for the mining industry.

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Crea y Valida

This grant from the Chilean Development Agency (CORFO) co-finances up to 70% of an R&D project (depending on the size of the applying company), offering up to CLP150 million in two stages: The first stage, “Crea”, grants up to CLP 100 million (amount varies by project specifications) for the development of a prototype. The second stage, “Valida”, grants up to CLP50 million, from a functional prototype stage to its industrial and/or commercial validation stage.

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