Education and research have been at the forefront of the modernization process as the drivers of modernization. In the after crisis reality of constrained resources a system of initiatives has been undertaken to respond to the ever more pronounced imperative for building national industrial, technological and scientific capabilities adequate to the modernization objectives. These include establishment of the federal universities, thus consolidating resources and strengthening engagement of educational institutions in the economics and social sphere of the federal districts. By now seven federal universities have been set up, the first two in Southern and Siberian federal districts on the basis of functioning universities and academic centers in Rostov-on-Don and Krasnoyarsk. In 2009, the decision was made to establish five more federal universities, namely, Arctic University in Arkhangelsk, Ural University in Yekaterinburg, Kazan University, North Eastern University in Yakutsk and Far Eastern University in Vladivostok. The new legal status of these universities as autonomous institutions broadens their financial and research autonomy. The government allocates at least 400 million rubles (10 million Euros) to each university in 2010 on the development plans. See details at: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on modernising the higher education system 08.04.2010 >>>
Another vital measure is the national project “Core National Research Universities” launched in 2008 to build research infrastructure in the key areas, and not only, through support for procurement of laboratory equipment, development of information resources, development of a new generation competencies - based education programmes, retraining and training programmes for academic staff, modernization of the education and research quality management systems. See details at: National research universities >>>
The Federal Target Programme “Research and Pedagogical Cadre for Innovative Russia” for 2009-2013 with the budget of 90 454 billion rubles of aims to create conditions for enhancing the qualitative structure of research and pedagogical cadre, create a system of mechanisms for renovation of research and pedagogical cadre. See details at: “Scientific and Scientific-Pedagogical Personnel of the Innovative Russia in 2009-2013”>>>
The 2010 initiatives list support of higher education institutions cooperation with enterprises working in high technologies development and production for 2010 – 2012. This is carried out through grants of up to 2,6 million Euros per year for research, development and technological projects, implemented jointly by the enterprises and Russian HEIs, whereas the grant holders are enterprises. The total budget of the programme is 19 billion rubles (490 million Euros). See details at: Development of cooperation between educational institutions and industrial enterprises >>>
The support of innovative infrastructure at the federal higher educational institutions in 2010-2012 aims at expanding the practice of setting innovative spin off companies, through grants up to 1,3 million Euros for 3 years, where the grant holders are the universities. The amount allocated for the programme is 8 billion rubles (205 million Euros). See details at: Development of innovative infrastructure in Russian universities >>>
To attract leading scientists to Russian universities the government allocated 12 billion rubles (308 million Euros) for the three years 2010-2012. The grants holders are universities. The grants are up to 3,9 million Euros from 1 to 2 years for implementation of scientific project under the supervision of a leading foreign scientists. See details at: Attracting leading scientists to Russian universities >>>
The research-education-innovation nexus should underpin advance in cooperation of the Russia and foreign universities and innovation enterprises.