|[April 10, 2012]
Scientists Worldwide Step up to Define Skolkovo Tech Research Centers
MOSCOW --(Business Wire)--
In its first of three rounds of requests for Research Center proposals,
which ended March 13, 2012, the Skolkovo Institute of Science and
Technology (Skolkovo Tech) in Skolkovo, Russia tallied 129 submissions
from over 360 universities and research institutions representing Russia
and over 20 countries, including submissions involving 6 Nobel (News - Alert)
Laureates, one Fields Medal winner, and numerous national academy
members as well as many outstanding young researchers.
Research Center proposals offer preliminary visions for collaborative,
interdisciplinary, international research endeavors based at Skolkovo
Tech. In addition, future Planning submissions request support for the
development of proposals for upcoming rounds.
After peer-review by a panel of international experts to identify
finalists, Skolkovo Tech will send selected investigators invitations to
submit full proposals and will announce Planning selections by April 14,
2012. Invited full proposals are due on June 1, 2012. First round
Research Center award decisions will be announced on June 30, 2012.
"We are thrilled to have attracted the interest of so many outstanding
researchers," says Mats Nordlund, Skolkovo Tech Vice President of
Research. "Not only does this response validate the Skolkovo Tech
mission to integrate teaching, research, innovation and
entrepreneurship, it also shows that investigators around the world are
eager for opportunities to collaborate with the excellent scientists and
engineers in Russia's universities and research institutes."
Skolkovo Tech aims to establish fifteen Research Centers spanning five
strategic multidisciplinary areas of focus: Information Science and
Technology; Biomedical Science and Technology; Energy Science and
Technology; Nuclear Science and Technology; and Space Science and
Technology. Each Research Center will establish a collaboration between
a Russian and a non-Russian investigator and will strive to create
transformational new science and technology.
As part of a three-year collaboration with MIT (News - Alert) to develop Skolkovo Tech
and its Research Centers, MIT and Skolkovo Tech co-hosted an initial
Proposer's conference in February, attracting over 300 attendees. MIT
also worked with Skolkovo Tech to facilitate the international peer
review of current and future proposals.
"This response echoes the strong showing of interest seen at the
Proposer's conference," says Michael Cima, David H. Koch Professor of
Engineering at MIT and Faculty Lead for Research in the SkTech/MIT
Initiative. "So far, this cooperative effort between MIT and Skolkovo
Tech has been extremely productive."
Submissions for the second round of proposals are due October 15, 2012.
For more information about submitting Skolkovo Tech Research Center
proposals, please visit: http://www.skolkovotech.ru/
The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skolkovo Tech)
is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb
of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skolkovo Tech
will educate coming generations of researchers and entrepreneurs,
advance scientific knowledge, and foster technological innovation to
address critical issues facing Russia and the world in the new century.
Skolkovo Tech will enroll its first full inaugural class in 2014 and
plans to become home to 1,200 master's and doctoral students, 300
postdoctoral scholars and 200 faculty by the end of the decade. The
university will be built on the best traditions of Russian and
international education and research structures and practices, with a
specific focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Founded in 1861, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a
co-educational privately endowed research university, is dedicated to
advancing knowledge and educating students in science, technology and
other areas of scholarship to serve the nation and world. The Institute
has more than 1,000 faculty and 10,000 undergraduate and graduate
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