In its first of three rounds of requests for Research Center proposals, which ended March 13, 2012, the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Skolkovo, Russia tallied 129 submissions from over 360 universities and research institutions representing Russia and over 20 countries, including submissions involving 6 Nobel 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 Skoltech. 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, Skoltech 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, Skoltech Vice President of Research. “Not only does this response validate the Skoltech 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.”
Skoltech 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 to develop Skoltech and its Research Centers, MIT and Skoltech co-hosted an initial Proposer’s conference in February, attracting over 300 attendees. MIT also worked with Skoltech 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 MIT Skoltech Initiative. “So far, this cooperative effort between MIT and Skoltech has been extremely productive.”
Submissions for the second round of proposals are due October 15, 2012.