Attraction of the leading scientists to Russian institutions of higher learning, research organizations of the governmental academies of sciences, and governmental research centers of the Russian Federation

Seminar on the terms and conditions of the 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 centers of the governmental academies of sciences, and governmental research centers of the Russian Federation (held in compliance with Resolution No.220 of the Government of the Russian Federation of April 9, 2010, “On measures designed to attract leading scientists to the Russian institutions of higher learning”)

The outcomes of the third open grant competition of the Government of the Russian Federation designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented by 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 (held in compliance with Resolution No.220 of the Government of the Russian Federation of April 9, 2010, "On measures designed to attract leading scientists to the Russian institutions of higher learning") will be determined and its winners will be identified on April 25, 2013.

In order to ensure effective preparation for and explain the principal terms and conditions of the third 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 centers of the governmental academies of sciences, and governmental research centers of the Russian Federation, the competition operator in charge of all activities designed to ensure compliance with Resolution No.220, "Inkonsult K" LLC, is organizing a second information seminar. The first seminar was held on December 26, 2012.

More than 130 representatives of organizations interested in taking part in the competition gathered together on January 15, 2013 in the Assembly Hall of the Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation.

The seminar was opened by the Deputy Director of the International Department of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Mr. Boris Valeryevich Zhelezov. He emphasized a number of unique parameters of the third open grant competition that differed it from the previous two: the maximum amount of grants to be made available under this competition is smaller as compared to the previous two competitions; the grantee organizations are expected to ensure that at least 25% of the co-funding they contribute towards the total project costs has been raised from sources other than the federal or regional governments; the scope of organizations eligible to take part in the competition has been expanded to include, alongside institutions of higher learning, research centers of the governmental academies of sciences and governmental research centers of the Russian Federation.

The numerous questions of the seminar participants were responded to by representatives of the RF Ministry of Education and Science and "Inkonsult K" LLC from among those officials that are in charge of organizing the process of assessment of the project proposals, including I. V. Korotkova, D. V. Bugreyev, and V. G. Shpaikher.

The seminar participants asked a wide variety of questions concerning different aspects of the competition's terms and conditions ranging from registration of grant applications, specific co-funding requirements, submission of grant applications in English, labour compensation payable to project staff members, research equipment acquisition requirements, as well as a number of questions concerning project funding schemes.

A transcript of all unique questions asked and answers given at the seminar will be made available shortly in the "Competition/2012" section of the designated Resolution No.220 website located at: www.p220.ru.

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