Microsoft Sponsored Research Program at the FCV: Executive Summary
The goal of the Program is to promote cutting edge research and world-class training in bioinformatics and genome
biology as part of a wider effort at the Fundación Ciencia para la Vida (FCV) to improve
the economic base and quality of
life in Chile and eventually in Latin America. The FCV is a private, non-profit foundation that includes 8 postdoctoral-level
researchers, plus more than 20 graduate and undergraduate students. The FCV carries out fundamental research to stimulate the
use of biotechnology by the Chilean productive sector including the main export industries of copper, fruit, wine, forestry and fish.
The Program supports the training of three graduate students and one postdoc within the FCV’s Center for Bioinformatics and Genome Biology (CBGB).
An important component involves collaboration with Microsoft Research scientists in Redmond, thus drawing upon
existing strengths at Microsoft Research. The Program also funded a 132 CPUs computer cluster, operating Microsoft
Windows Server 2008 and helped support the development of a local Chilean Grid connected to the world via REUNA
and RedClara, providing an incentive to develop international e-science projects.
The Program was initiated in June, 2006. The computer cluster and the new CBGB that housed it were inaugurated in September,
2006 in a ceremony attended by Microsoft executives. The Program also provided partial support for the 5th Annual Congress
of the Red Iberoamerican de Bioinformática (RIB) that was held in Santiago in Oct. 2008 where Microsoft Scientists and Executives
gave keynote talks.
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