Georgia Tech, Science Trust offer workshop to fuel research

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The goal is to provide academic representatives new tools that will help them strengthen and encourage scientific research.

The goal is to provide academic representatives new tools that will help them strengthen and encourage scientific research.

Looking to develop an institute dedicated to promote, strengthen and encourage scientific and technological drivers to fuel local economic development, the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust in conjunction with the Georgia Tech Technology Institute will offer a workshop on research governance and management.

The goal is to provide academic representatives new tools that will help them strengthen and encourage scientific research, organizers said Tuesday.

“At Georgia Tech we want to establish partnerships with public and private universities, and Puerto Rico industry, so that along the way, we can help to strengthen ties with each other to stimulate the island’s economic development,” said Andreas Bommarius, the project’s chief researcher.

The workshop slated for Thursday at 10 a.m., is one of the first results of a collaborative partnership between the two entities.

Georgia Tech is recognized for its track record in developing innovation, which has resulted in many new businesses and expansions. That said, the exchange is expected to stimulate marketable research, organizers said.

“Embracing and learning from those experiences will work in favor of economic growth in Puerto Rico,” said Ivan Ríos, acting executive director of the Trust, which came together with Georgia Tech through efforts by the Foundation for Puerto Rico

“Science and technology are increasingly seen as agents of change in the global and knowledge economies,” said FPR President Jon Borschow. “Therefore it is imperative to promote the development of the discipline of scientific research in our island, as a mechanism for retaining local talent and to help generate opportunities for further research that can be commercialized.”

This event is “particularly relevant” given that the University of Puerto Rico is preparing for a review by the National Science Foundation, said Borschow, urging the academic community “to participate and take advantage of this workshop” that will take place at the Trust’s Cupey offices.

The agenda will focus on presenting and discussing specific case studies, while offering tools to learn how to manage federal grants and federal and industrial contracts, as well as how to calculate the right compensation. For more information, click here.

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