The major component of the Skoltech concept is the establishment of Centers for Research, Education and Innovation (CREIs); the simplified CREI conceptual structure is shown in Figure 3. Skoltech CREIs embody the increasingly important collaborative and multi-university research partnerships required for multidisciplinary advanced research. Each CREI will have Skoltech as the lead university (reflecting the flow of funding for these Centres through Skoltech), and have two or more major university or research institution partners, bringing Skoltech faculty and researchers into collaboration with researchers from both international and Russian institutions. The faculty, post-docs, students, and other researchers participating in the research center will primarily conduct their research at their home institutions and in existing facilities at their home institutions, but work collaboratively at the project and center levels to achieve the thematic and intellectual research goals of the CREI. Each research centerwill also work closely with one or more Skoltech educational Programs, to develop and deepen new graduate degree tracks at Skoltech that support, leverage, and advance education and research in the CREI focus area.
Research Model Structure
A detailed common framework for the organizational structure of a CREI is pictured in Figure 4. Consistent with this organizational structure, guidelines for the operation and administration of research by the CREI participants, including those in Russia, will be developed as part of the Research Centre request for proposals and research contract procedures. These are expected to include guidelines for grant and contract administration; expected or allowable research expenditures (faculty, student, postdoc, and researcher salaries; equipment; travel; materials and services, etc.); management of salary costs; reporting requirements (technical, fiscal, equipment and property, intellectual property); and financial review and control requirements. Such models and procedures are contemplated to be part of one or more workshops focused on university research and innovation management to be held in Russia.