Science District

The Trust’s main infrastructure-related initiative is Science District. It is a Puerto Rico-wide network of state-of-the-art facilities for research, academic, and business initiatives that advance knowledge and innovation. Its members benefit from important tools described in Act 214-2004. Its major component is Science City, a 70-acre mixed-use project located in San Juan, in a dense concentration of hospitals, universities, and other science and technology resources. The Trust aims to fortify Puerto Rico’s research infrastructure and enable its use as a tool to develop, attract, and retain a vibrant research ecosystem. To do so, it is identifying and incorporating additional resources that contribute to the Trust’s overarching mission of facilitating economic development and citizens’ well-being through science, technology, research, and Puerto Rico’s industrial base.

Science City

Science City is the major component of Science District. It is located in Puerto Rico’s capital city of San Juan, hosting state-of-the-art facilities for research, academic, and business initiatives, as well as other lifestyle amenities. The 70-acre site will contain a vibrant, culturally rich, planned science campus in an urban setting with many important science, technology, research, health, and academic resources nearby.

The Trust is executing a plan of action with the ultimate goal of facilitating such an innovation ecosystem. To do so, the Trust is pursuing two action steps: First, it is seeking a development partner to lease, finance, develop, and manage the mixed-use 70-acre Science City project  (Master Development- RFQ). Secondly, it is identifying and approaching potential anchor tenants to be a part of Science City.

Science Infrastructure

  • Innovation Center

    The Innovation Center serves as our headquarters and houses co-working, shared, and private offices and “dry labs” that serve to accelerate and incubate science and technology ventures. It also counts with several conference rooms, training spaces, and other facilities such as high-speed internet.

  • Puerto Rico Environmental Research Laboratory

    The Puerto Rico Environmental Research Laboratory offers scientific and laboratory support to the PREQB, to the DRNA, and to other government agencies. It executes tests and analyses related with soil, water, and air quality, including biological, chemical, and physical components.

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More than $50 million invested in Puerto Rico’s research infrastructure.

Remote Locations

The Trust’s infrastructure comprises various state-of-the-art research and development facilities for academic, and business initiatives, as well as other lifestyle amenities in an urban setting with many important science, technology, research, health, and academic resources nearby.

  • Molecular Sciences Research Center

    The Molecular Sciences Research Center at the UPR is a facility for advanced molecular science and technology commercialization. Partnering with Universities, federal agencies and the private industry to provide research environment and services for molecular structure development and characterization.

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  • Bioprocess Development and Training Complex

    The BDTC is a collaboration between the Trust, PRIDCO, and the UPR, aiming to promote the growth of the biotechnology and bioengineering industry. It houses a bioprocess development and training complex to support commercialization of startup companies and research organizations.

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  • Botanical Garden

    The Botanical Garden of the University of Puerto Rico is a garden facility with native and exotic flora that serves as a laboratory for the study, conservation and enrichment of plants, trees, flowers, grasses and many other plants.

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  • Parallel18

    A global accelerator program that offers a unique gateway for startups to scale from Puerto Rico. Providing equity free funding, office space and support in an effort to jump-start the island as an innovation hub.

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Since 2014, $8 million awarded to science and technology research projects.

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The Puerto Rico Science and Technology Trust runs on government and private donations and volunteer work. The Trust invests in Puerto Rico’s economy and its citizens’ well-being through innovation-based enterprises, science and technology, and its industries. Help us support our researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.

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