The ISF provides a set of collaborative programs for multi-disciplinary activities, studies and research. The ISF offers technical support, scholarships and other grants for specific projects in several fields of knowledge, according to a proposal of mutual interest between a person and the IEIA, located in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The number of projects or individuals that can receive support from the ISF is defined every six months by the Board.
Any person may submit an application to the Board at any time during the year, defining a project, with its purpose, strategies, budget and the specific needs of technical, logistic, material or financial support. Once the project is approved, the Board specifies the conditions of the support that the Foundation can provide to the applicant, who has to sign a letter of agreement and the commitment concerning the activities to be performed under the conditions of the Foundation and according to the code of ethics of the profession.
In the conditions defined by the project the applicant may be asked to refund or exchange the grant through different options, for instance: a) finishing a report at the end of the project; b) working during a period in social or technical activities for other projects suggested by the ISF; c) participating in some projects developed by the IEIA; d) including a mention to the support of the ISF in a technical paper or thesis, among other possible options. In some cases the amount may be refunded without interests in a period that lasts twice the time assigned for the grant.
This consultancy has been useful to increase the understanding and knowledge of the theory and has permitted the development of a PhD Thesis.