President Enrique Peña Nieto headed the presentation of the Research Awards of the Mexican Academy of Sciences 2015, at the official residence of Los Pinos.

"Today, science, technology and innovation are moving to Mexico and the world; activating productivity, expanding the boundaries of the possible and, above all, improving the lives of millions of people.”

The president hailed the research by Doctor Eduardo Gómez García’s on cold atoms; by Dr. Stefan de Folter on the regulatory circuits of plants, by Doctor Felipe Hevia de la Jara on relations between state and society; Dr. Rebeca Robles García on the treatment of mental disorders and by Dr. Natalia Likhanova on crude oil recovery projects.

He also presented the Mexico Award 2015 medal to Dr. Andrés Moya Simarro.

Boosting science

It is estimated that nationwide, expenditure on Scientific Research and Experimental Development will reach 0.61% of GDP in 2016.

Twenty-eight percent of Spending  on Scientific Research and Experimental Development in Mexico is financed by the private sector.

"I am confident that, by working together, we will be able to identify and, above all, break down the barriers that still hinder greater involvement by the private sector in research and development.”

Measures to strengthen the generation of knowledge and innovative development:

First: For the Finance Secretariat, the Economy Secretariat and CONACYT to initiate a process of dialogue with the CCE to design a tax incentive scheme that will encourage private investment in research and experimental development.

Second: For CONACYT to continue promoting the Young Researchers’ Professorships Program, in order to reach 2,000 professorships by 2018.

Third: Scientific and technological infrastructure will continue to be expanded in order to boost regional and national development.

Four new public research centers will be established in the following areas: educational policies, aeronautics, metropolitan development and arid areas to bring the total number of centers to 31 in 2018.

Nine more Research Consortia will be created to bring the number to 14 by the end of this administration. These Consortia focus on key areas of knowledge such as biomedicine, sustainability and pharmaceutical industries.