The Grant Board of the Government of the Russian Federation established to provide governmental support to scientific research projects has announced on September 20, 2016 the names of 40 leading scientists identified as the winners of the fifth open grant competition of the Government of the Russian Federation designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning, research institutions of the governmental academies of sciences and governmental research centers of the Russian Federation.
The winners of the competition were determined at the visiting session of the Grant Board, held in the framework of the Second International Scientific Conference "Science of the Future" and the Second All-Russian Scientific Forum "Science of the future - the science of the youngers" (city of Kazan). The competition was attended by 542 leading scientists from 45 countries together with nearly 300 scientific and educational organizations in Russia: 428 applications filed by universities, 114 by scientific organizations.
271 scientists out of the 542 competition participants are the citizens of the Russian Federation. The greatest representation among foreign scientists are US citizens - 49 applications; Italy - 23 applications; Germany - 19 applications; France - 18 applications; UK - 15 applications.
The project participants covered all 35 fields of science defined by the Grant Board of the Government of the Russian Federation.
The winners are leading scientists – the citizens of 16 countries of the world, including the USA, France, Canada, Great Britain, Israel and others. 15 scientists among the winners are Russian citizens.
Scientific research of 40 winners of the contest will be conducted on the basis of 35 Russian Universities and scientific institutions.
Five Russian Universities received grants twice: Lomonosov Moscow State University; St. Petersburg national research University of information technologies, mechanics and optics (ITMO University); Novosibirsk State University; St. Petersburg State University, and the National Research Tomsk State University.
Regional distribution of Russian Universities and scientific institutions - winners of the competition: Moscow - 12 winners; Saint-Petersburg – 6; Novosibirsk region – 4; both Moscow and Samara regions - 3 winners; both Nizhny Novgorod, Tomsk regions, and the Republic of Tatarstan - 2 winners; Arkhangelsk, Voronezh, Rostov regions, city of Sevastopol (the first time), the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), and Buryatia - 1 winner.
The grants of the Government of the Russian Federation allocated up to 90 million rubles each to conduct research for 3 years (2017-2019) with a possible extension for 2 years.
The participants of the competition can be Russian Universities and scientific organizations in cooperation with foreign and Russian leading scientists, occupying a leading position in a specific field of sciences (natural and exact sciences; engineering and technology; medical sciences and health sciences; agricultural sciences; social sciences; humanities).
A leading scientist may participate in only one grant; the number of projects undertaken by one University or scientific organization is not limited.