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Skolkovo center tenders said to attract “Nobel Prize winners”
21 Dec '12
The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, aka Skoltech, has received 143 joint international applications for a second round of tenders for new science, innovation and education centers; of the total number, twelve applications came from yet-unspecified “Nobel Prize laureates,” Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports.
Skoltech has been touted as the “key element” of Skolkovo, the state-sponsored innovation hub currently under construction just outside Moscow.
The science, innovation and education centers are expected to combine the roles of master’s level educator, scientific researcher, and a maker of actual apps based on research results. Following this second round of tenders, a reported five-to-seven such new centers may be set up. Under plans, by 2018, Skoltech will have at least 15 such centers.
For the second round, Skoltech is said to have already received “one-third more” applications for tender participation than it did for the first round that ended in June 2012. This time, the applicants are offering joint center projects in the biomed, IT, and energy areas.
Under the terms of the Skoltech tenders, only joint international applications are eligible. A project must include a Russian university or research institute, and a university or any R&D center from abroad.
In this new round, a reported 381 universities from 37 countries are participating. Most applications are said to have come from Russian and US scientific institutions (115 and 111, respectively), and also from Germany, the UK, France, and Italy.
The second round tender results won’t be announced until mid-May, 2013 at the earliest.
The winners of the first set of tenders were three projects in the biomed and energy sectors; these may now expect to get between $6m and $12m a year in funding.