Four new awards to Russian universities to improve basic science education

July 08, 2002

Arlington, VA - July 8, 2002 - The U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) and the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation have announced the results of the fourth competition under their Basic Research and Higher Education (BRHE) program. The four awardees and their areas of specialization are, in alphabetical order:

Petrozavodsk State University "Research and Education Center on Basic Problems of Application of Low temperature Plasma Physics"

Samara State Aerospace University-"Research and Education Center for Mathematical Principles of Diffractive Optics"

St Petersburg State Mining Institute (Technical University) "Research and Educational Center for the Basic Research of Indicator Minerals of Petrogenesis and Ore Genesis"

Tomsk State University "Physics and Chemistry of High-Energy Systems"

These four universities will each receive an award of approximately $1 million over three years. The awardees were chosen from over 50 eligible applications, based on a multi-stage review process that included independent evaluations by both Russian and American scientists and site visits by a team of experts to nine finalist universities. These four awards bring the number of Research and Education Centers in Russia to sixteen.

The BRHE program seeks to transform and invigorate the training of young Russian scientists by strengthening the basic research capabilities of Russian higher education institutions in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics, physics) by establishing Research and Education Centers (RECs) within selected Russian institutions. The RECs are required to:

support innovative programs and approaches to combining high-quality research and education;

develop state-of-the-art equipment bases for research and teaching, which are available to both faculty and students;

promote collaborative links with other research institutions, both Russian and foreign, and with industry;

and provide special research opportunities for promising young investigators.

The U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation and the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation would like to thank all the universities that participated in the 2002 competition.

BRHE receives fifty percent of its funding from American sources and fifty percent from Russian sources. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is contributing $18 million to the BRHE program over seven years. Carnegie Corporation of New York is contributing two million dollars over four years to support the program. The Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation provides twenty-five percent of the BRHE program's funding, and other Russian sources, including participating institutions and regional governments, provide the remaining twenty-five percent.
More information about the BRHE program can be found on the following web sites: and

The U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation for the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union, founded in 1995, is a private, nonprofit organization created by the United States Government as an American response to the declining state of science and engineering in the former Soviet Union (FSU). The CRDF seeks to address this issue by fostering opportunities for collaborative projects between FSU and U.S. researchers.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grant making institution dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition. The Foundation makes grants through two major integrated programs -- Human and Community Development and Global Security and Sustainability -- and through the General Program, which undertakes special initiatives and supports projects that promote excellence and diversity in the media, and the MacArthur Fellows Program, which awards fellowships to exceptionally creative individuals, regardless of field of endeavor. The MacArthur Foundation was one of the first international foundations to begin operations in the former Soviet Union where it has made more than $60 million in grants since 1992.

Founded in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote "the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding," Carnegie Corporation of New York has an endowment of $1.9 billion as of September 30, 2000. The Corporation expects to issue grants of $75 million in the next year in the areas of education, international peace and security, international development and strengthening U.S. democracy.

U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation

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