Peru launched an ambitious program to repatriate scientists and attract foreign researchers who develop projects in Peru, with shared financing with the World Bank, reported Thursday the National Council of Science and Technology (Concytec).
“With an investment of $31.2 million US dollars (around 102 million soles) over a period of three years, the Concytec plans to repatriate 100 Peruvian scientists and attract another 50 foreigners”, RPP Noticias revealed.
This program seeks to close the research gap that was generated in the last 40 years, according to Fabiola León Velarde, director of Concytec.
RPP Noticias also said that Colombia has five times more scientists than Peru, and Chile ten times more.
“The program will prioritize the hiring of researchers in six strategic sectors: agro-industry and food processing; mining and metallurgy; forest; advanced manufacturing; textile and clothing; ecotourism, restoration and creative industries”, you can read in the aforementioned media.
This money will be used to pay researchers’ salaries for three years and finance their projects. It is estimated that a first-level scientist could earn $6,000 US dollars per month.