Ministry of Education began a project "1,000 laboratories."
Each winning team will receive a competition for a year to an average of 15 million rubles. The purpose of the project, according to the Minister Dmitry Livanov, maintain a strong team with high academic level, regardless of where they work. This initiative will certainly be supported by an active research community. Indeed, scientists have long complained that the main problem of our science is not only to funding, but also an inefficient expenditure of money. They smeared on the principle of "all the sisters on earrings" live strong bands in much the same way as weak. In addition, the promising young scientists are not able to open their laboratory. It is this — one of the main causes of "brain drain."
— The contest grants for a period of five years can be highlighted as the existing laboratories and the creation of new, — said Dmitry Livanov. — This project will close the gap between the small-sized and large grants of RFBR megagrantami of 150 million rubles allocated for three years. By the way, the project "1,000 laboratories" has a fundamental difference from megagrantov which are allocated to the university to invite a prominent scientist. In this case, the initiative must come from the scientist: he proposes the theme and looking for a high school or institution that agrees to implement his ideas.
What are the criteria for selecting the winners of "1,000 laboratories?" According to Dmitry Livanov, it is primarily Scientometrics scientist, in particular, the number of publications and citations. But no less important is the examination of the proposed projects, which will hold a well-known Russian and foreign specialists. As the director of the department of development priorities of the Ministry of Education Science and Technology Sergey Salihov, we should have the best expertise in the world. Its results should not cause any doubts and recognized by the scientific community. He noted that it is possible not be able to get 1000 strong teams. Then the part of the money allocated for the project will focus on other tasks of the ministry.
The project will start in 2014 and end in 2020. A whole year of ministry dedicated to the discussion of this project and hopes that it will take a very active part scientific community.