A new grant of $1.5 million will help sustain the network of 20 university-based centers across Russia and raise The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s cumulative support for a network of Russian scientific research and education centers to more than $31.6 million, it announced.
The centers are part of the Program on Basic Research and Higher Education, a joint effort of the United States Civilian Research and Development Foundation and the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, with support from MacArthur and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Launched in 1998 to assist in rebuilding the scientific workforce following the Soviet era, the program has helped state universities integrate teaching and research, modernize scientific equipment, train a new generation of scientists in Russian higher education, enhance international linkages, and benefit from technology commercialization.
"Russia has made tremendous strides in strengthening higher education," said John Slocum, Co-Chair of MacArthur’s Higher Education Initiative in Russia. "The MacArthur Foundation is pleased to work closely with Russian universities to help develop a generation of scholars who can produce groundbreaking research to address Russian and global concerns."
Since 2003 more than 400 young scientists have received teaching and research fellowships and the new $1.5 million grant will support the final phase of the program, which is designed to protect and enhance the investments MacArthur and its U.S. and Russian partners have made in the initiative as the Russian government takes on more responsibility for the funding and development of the network, the MacArthur Foundation said.
MacArthur has awarded more than $140 million in grants for work in Russia since 1992, with The Program on Basic Research and Higher Education representing the flagship activity of its higher education initiative in Russia.