ANII (The National Agency for Research and Innovation)

The National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII) was created by the Uruguayan government in 2006. It fosters and supports research and the application of knowledge to the productive dimension in Uruguay, and is a key player between authorities, entrepreneurs, and the research community. ANII also shares the financial risk of innovating with the nation’s entrepreneurs, and has financial funds for developing research and scholarships in the science and technological sector.

The programme “Innovative Uruguay” is one of the pillars of the country's strategy, based on the conviction that “there is no development without innovation.” Therefore, there is an explicit recognition that building innovative endogenous capacities is the way through which our country can insert itself in the new economy of knowledge. The ANII is one of the tools through which the progress leading to an innovative Uruguay will be carried out.

Chevening and ANII

ANII says: 'Taking into account the position of Chevening as one of the most prestigious programmes of its type in the world, we want to attract and select Uruguayan scholars who demonstrate the greatest potential to become leaders, decision-makers, and opinion-formers.

We want to give talented Uruguayan scholars greater access to the Chevening programme to the benefit of Uruguayan society and development. We consider that scholarships not only offer financial support to study a master’s degree in major universities in the United Kingdom, but also provide the opportunity to become part of a global, influential, and prestigious network.'

Who do ANII support?

This year, ANII is generously co-funding a number of awards available to applicants from Uruguay who wish to undertake studies in the following subjects:

  • Energy, including Renewable Energy
  • Health
  • Environment and Biodiversity
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Biotechnology
  • Agro-industrial Chain
  • Transport and logistics
  • Tourism

Applicants who apply to undertake studies in the relevant areas will be considered for a co-sponsored Chevening Award.