I am happy to find my name in the registry of Mexican researchers recognized by the Mexican government. It feels good to be connected to Mexico somehow even though I did my PhD in Finland, and now I am in France. This distinction doesn’t really have plenty of practical benefits for me because I am employed by a French university, but I acknowledge that the program is a good step by the Mexican government for reducing the “brain drain.” However, the requirement of actually being employed by a Mexican university in order to access funds is a bit exaggerated. Hopefully, this system would include more incentives for people like me to initiate research activities with Mexican researchers, and not only being employed by a Mexican university. For example, it would be interesting if conducting a study relevant for the Mexican context would qualify as doing research in Mexico, even though I am formally employed abroad.
The registry is maintained by the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (National System of Researchers, abbreviated SNI), the governmental agency that evaluates professional research activity both in Mexico and by the Mexicans abroad. The register of the professional researchers in the SNI is an initiative of the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (the National Council of Science and Technology, abbreviated CONACYT), Mexico’s entity in charge of the promotion of scientific and technological activities.