The Russian government has announced a new round of “Megagrants” whose purpose is to strengthen the Russian research through attracting leading scientists from around the world to work for a period at a Russian university or research institute. The grant is of RUR 90 million (about 11.2 million. NOK) over three years starting in 2017, with a possible extension for another two years. There are requirements for the composition of the research group, including the participation of students; further, physical presence for a minimum of 120 days per calendar year is required. See attached announcement and competition documents. Complete documentation in Russian can be found here.
This is the fifth round of “Megagrants” since 2010. Altogether grants have been given to more than 160 projects, many led by expatriate Russian scientists, some even by former Nobel Prize winners. One grant has been awarded to Norway: Professor Fjodor V. Fomin at the University of Bergen heads a laboratory for algorithmic methods at the St. Petersburg department of the renowned Steklov Institute. See the laboratory’s website (in Russian).
Application deadline for the new call for proposals is 31 May 12:00 Moscow time, ie at. 11:00 Norwegian time. Please spread the information to others that may be interested in applying.
Sverre Rustad/Сверре Рустад
Counsellor for Education, Science and Technology/Советник по образованию, науке и технологии
Royal Norwegian Embassy, Moscow/Посольство Королевства Норвегия в Москве
Phone (work): + 7 499 951 1000
Mobile phone: + 7 926 350 89 13