Skoltech sets up international science and innovation centers
3 Oct '12
Skolkovo’s new Institute of Science and Technology, Skoltech, has begun talks with Russian and international universities and research ‘think-tanks’ over the creation of the first three centers for innovation, science and education, portal RF Science and Technology reports.
The centers are reportedly expected to provide venues for international collaboration; at each center there will be representatives of at least three scientific institutions, including a Russian university of a research institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a foreign university, and Skoltech.
Each center will be eligible for between $6m and $12m in funding, the source says.
If deals with the academia and research institutes come off, the following three centers will be established:
1) The Center for Infectious Disease Studies and RNA Therapy with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Moscow Lomonosov State University and UT Southwestern Medical School of University of Texas as the key partners;
2) The Center for Stem Cells Research with the Netherlands’ Groningen University Medical Center and the Vavilov Institute of General Genetics of the Russian Academy of Sciences as the key partners;
3) The Center for Electrochemical Energy with MIT and Moscow Lomonosov State University as the key partners.
There were a reported 129 projects from 360 universities and ‘think-tanks’ in 20 countries competing for participation in this Skoltech program, including those led by six Nobel Prize winners and one Fields medalist. Thirteen of those have been selected, most engaging in biomed studies.
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