Chile’s National Council of Innovation for Development (CNID) is a government agency that supports and provides advice to the Presidency of Chile on STI matters, throughout the generation of strategic guidelines on the role of of science, technology and innovation (STI) for inclusive and sustainable development in the country.
It was created in 2005 as the National Council of Innovation for Competitiveness, being from its origin an autonomous space to foster reflection and stakeholders interaction. Since 2014, the Council broadened its outlook and changed its name to the National Council of Innovation for Development (CNID), moving from a focus on competitiveness, to a broader focus that understands development as multidimensional, sustainable, diverse and inclusive. This decision reflects the own evolution and learning of the Council, seeking to find give meaning and find answers to current and future challenges.
Over a decade, the Council has sought to influence the definitions and priorities of action of relevant stakeholders in the field of science, technology and innovation. Generating and providing strategic orientations is based on a systemic work, which aims at broad, global and long-term horizons, promoting and taking care of enabling spaces that welcome different perspectives, expertises, knowledges, perceptions and approaches, as well as ensuring local and territorial relevance of its proposals and processes.
In its first years, the Council helped to install innovation as a public matter , generating the institutional and political bases for it, stressing the importance of public-private partnerships to move forward. Over time, it has strengthened this role by broadening its understanding of innovation, not only as a means to create economic value, but also contributing to different areas of human activity, which today broaden its vision from business innovation to social, public and citizen innovation.