Science will receive additional funding

Next year priority projects will allocate 3.5 billion rubles

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The President of Russia Vladimir Putin held a meeting on the issue of financing of fundamental science. In 2017 on a number of directions, a list of which is offered by the scientists, an additional $ 3.5 billion. Funds will be channelled through the Russian scientific Fund.

Distribution of funds the head of state discussed with the assistant to the President Andrey Fursenko, Minister of education and science Olga Vasilyeva and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.

— Finalized the Federal budget for 2017 and the following two years — 2018 and 2019. We will talk today in one of the areas that is a priority, the funding of fundamental science, — he said.

Putin has informed that recently met with the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Fortov, where financial matters were discussed.

— But you met with the heads of laboratories recipients of the so-called mega-grant, which praised the work that was carried out, — said the head of state, addressing Fursenko. — In fact, it is evident that the work was really great. But scientists have made suggestions for further activities in the most promising directions that require, of course, additional funding. We have already agreed that this additional funding for 2017 in the amount of 3.5 billion rubles will be provided, the source we now discuss.

The President asked his aide to tell what direction the scientific community considers most important. Andrey Fursenko has outlined several priorities: genetic research in medicine and agriculture, the creation of non-waste industries, the formation of new approaches to the storage and transmission of energy, information technologies for processing large amounts of data. According to the assistant to the President, you need to create modern labs and to bring the research of foreign scientists and Russian specialists working abroad. Find funding for projects Fursenko proposed through the Russian scientific Fund. The President supported the idea.

3.5 billion — a substantial amount of money. The Russian scientific Fund is a great funding mechanism. The Fund was created in the image and likeness of funds in other countries. There is a wonderful examination of the projects. This is a good option to support projects of fundamental science, which in the future can find application, says a member of the Advisory Council for science and education under the President of the State Duma Konstantin Kiselev.

The expert notes that in Russian scientific Foundation a variety of grant system that allows you to find the money for various projects.

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