2nd Research Center Proposers Conference
Skolkovo, Moscow Region, Russia
The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) organized the 2nd Research Center Proposer’s Conference on July 9-10, 2012 in Skolkovo, Moscow Region, Russia. The conference provided a forum to learn about and plan for research center proposals in response to an important collaboration opportunity.
The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a new private graduate university located in Moscow Region, Russia. Skoltech was established in 2011 in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Skoltech aims to advance education, scholarship and economic development in the Russian Federation and beyond by educating leading graduate students and conducting research programs that address key challenges in science, technology and innovation.
In support of this mission, Skoltech has announced three rounds of Call for Proposals for Skoltech Research Centers (web.mit.edu/SkTech/rc-call/). This program funds collaborative, inter-disciplinary and international research teams using innovative approaches in science and technology with high potential impact. Particular emphasis is placed in and across the fields of Biomedical Science and Technology, Energy Science and Technology, Information Science and Technology, Nuclear Science and Technology, and Space Science and Technology.
In the first round call for research center white papers, which ended March 13, 2012, Skoltech received 129 submissions from over 360 universities and research institutions representing Russia and over 20 countries. The proposing teams had many outstanding scientists, including six Nobel Laureates, one Fields Medal winner and numerous national academy members as well as many outstanding young researchers. Upon completion of this first competition, the first three research centers will be established.
The second round call for research center proposal white papers is now beginning. In support of this round, the 2nd Skoltech Research Center Proposers Conference on July 9-10, 2012 has provided participants a platform to discuss issues related to practical approaches in creation of joint research centers, as well as opportunities for integrated support of international collaborative research and other innovative initiatives.