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Russian Academy of Sciences

The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) is the main basic research organisation in Russia. It maintains relations with almost all leading countries of Europe, America and Asia. The main forms of cooperation include:

  • joint research within the framework of interagency cooperation agreements,
  • implementation of intergovernmental agreements,
  • participation in international organisations (more than 50),
  • activities of international centres and laboratories.

It currently has agreements with organisations in 19 EU Member States and 9 Associated Countries of FP7. RAS has a long tradition of researcher exchanges with a broad range of the EU MS and AC. RAS is the leading Russian research organisation which, similar to other academies of sciences in EU MS/AC, uses a small portion of its funds for the mobility of its researchers, mainly with partner academies. RAS usually concludes a framework agreement with foreign partners, which is then filled with projects, mostly with mobility projects. RAS scientists cooperate with their colleagues from other countries under agreements concluded at different levels: agency – agency, institute – institute, laboratory – laboratory. In 2006, RAS cooperated with foreign partners under 105 interacademy agreements on scientific cooperation and 6 intergovernmental agreements on S&T and cooperation.

According to representatives of RAS, over the years only few foreign scientists have come for scientific working visits to Russia. The reason for this development is their view that equipment and other facilities are not up-to-date. But in recent years the equipment and infrastructure of several institutes have drastically improved. It would therefore be important for Western scientists to re-discover Russian R&D institutions to work with their Russian colleagues, and for bilateral and multilateral cooperation programmes (e.g. mobility programmes) to be put in place for furthering these necessary exchanges. However, grants of Western European organisations are often too low, given the high living costs and expensive housing in Russian cities, especially in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

 

RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Leading R&D institutions:


 

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