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25 February 2015
National Research Institute

ISTU Academic Council will financially support promising R&D projects of ISTU instructors and students

According to Vice-Rector for Innovations Mikhail KORNYAKOV 2.5 Million Rubles will be spent to support R&D projects of ISTU instructors, undergraduate and postgraduate students in the framework of research grant contest of ISTU Academic Council. On February 20, 2015 the Academic Council approved the Statute describing the whole procedure of contest holding.

According to the Statute it is possible to apply for one of four possible research grants: fundamental research project for 1 – 2 years, applied research projects for 1 – 2 years, innovative developments for 2 – 3 years and students’ research projects for 1 year. Representatives of ISTU departments, faculties and centers, creative teams, staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students can participate in the contest.

The competition will be announced at the end of March 2015. During a month everyone can apply for a grant. ISTU Academic Council will consider applications and define winners and amount of funding for each project. ISTU Vice-Rector for Innovations emphasized that grant sum for one project can be up to 500 000 Rubles per year.

All applications will be examined in three phases and namely: formal assessment, independent evaluation and assessment of a commission. Members of the commission and experts are appointed by ISTU Rector.

According to M. KORNYAKOV research grant contest of ISTU Academic Council was first announced in 2003. Many R&D projects of ISTU researchers have been realized thanks to financial support of the Academic Council. For example associate professor of ISTU Department of Chemistry and Food Technology Svetlana VERSHININA received the grant in 2007. Money was spent for the realization of the project aimed at the investigation of structure and properties of lichen. Now lichen extract is successfully tested in regional food industry. Altogether more than 40 research projects of ISTU staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students were supported.

“One can say that we have just resumed the work in order to motivate our scientists”, - added Vice-Rector for Innovations Mikhail KORNYAKOV.

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