Pablo Catrian was pleasantly surprised to see the level of our Center, especially because the applications the Center works with cut across all types of industry.
The Center for Optics and Photonics requested accreditation from Corfo in order to become one of the 97 centers accredited at the national level that can guarantee companies the tax benefit that Law 22,041 offers to them. Within the framework of this process, Pablo Catrian Catrifol, Executive of the R&D Tax Incentive Program at Corfo, carried out an evaluation visit last week to CEFOP.
During his stay at CEFOP, the executive met with the directors of our Center, Dr. Carlos Saavedra and Dr. Rolando Hernández, in addition to researchers Dr. Renato Saavedra, Dr. Sergio Torres and Dr. Aldo Delgado; researchers Luis Arias and Mauricio Arenas, engineer Viviana Sepúlveda and Valentina Muñoz, project engineer for the office of the Vice-Rector for Research at the University of Concepción.
According to Pablo Catrian, the main benefit for the Center is that it will be able to offer a reduction in research and development investments (R&D) to any company that intends to engage in research activities with CEFOP. “This means that it will cost 45% less for the company that wishes to make an investment with you.” He added that at the national level, this will encourage investment in R&D, with instruments like this that permit companies to make easier investment decisions, given the considerable reduction involved.
Pablo Catrian admitted that he was surprised at the type of research that is carried out in CEFOP, “I am generally used to seeing more traditional projects, like aquaculture and farming. In this Center, which has a strong scientific component, I realized that practical applications are completely feasible based on what you are doing. Although I came here with a little bit of prejudice, not knowing what types of applications for companies CEFOP could offer, I have seen that the applications cut across all types of industry, besides being pioneering in practical terms for optics and the photonics in some settings, that can position Chile as a strategic axis in this type of research. It seems quite remarkable to me.”
What comes next
Now the Corfo executive must prepare a report of the visit, which will later be passed on to a collegiate body made up of representatives of the Ministry of Economics, Conicyt, and Corfo, and which will be presided over by the Executive Director of Innova. Once the accreditation is approved, the center can present contracts to Corfo within the framework of the Law.