The CONICET is the leading organization de … The CONICET is the leading organization dedicated to the promotion of science and technology in Argentina. It operates in four major areas
* agricultural sciences, engineering and materials
* life sciences and health
* natural sciences
* Social Sciences and Humanities
The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Spanish: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, CONICET) is an Argentine government agency which directs and co-ordinates most of the scientific and technical research done in universities and institutes. It was established on 5 February 1958 by a decree of the national government. Its first director was Medicine Nobel Prize Bernardo A. Houssay.
Nowadays, it is governed by a board completely independent from the federal government. It funds scientific research in three basic ways. First, CONICET gives grants for collective work to research teams of well-recognized scientists of every discipline (including social sciences and humanities). Secondly, it has a roll of 6,500 researches and 2,500 technicians as employees in different categories, from "investigador asistente" to "investigador principal". And thirdly, it grants scolarships for doctoral and post-doctoral studies to 8,500 young researches from Argentina and other countries. (Wikipedia) Argentina and other countries. (Wikipedia)