18.10.2012 [News]

European Research Council presents funding opportunities in Russia

On 17-22 September, the European Research Council (ERC) visited Russia as part of its "ERC Goes Global" campaign. These meetings aimed at informing top Russian researchers about ERC funding opportunities, and at fostering relations with Russian organisations.

The delegation was headed by Professor Donald Dingwell, ERC Secretary General, who declared: "Russia with its longstanding tradition in science remains one of the world's research hotspots. That is why the ERC is very pleased to visit Russia; we are here to forge closer ties, learn from each other and raise the levels of support for our very best researchers. We are keen to encourage excellent Russian scientists to perform some of their research in Europe, to contribute to global 'brain circulation' and to exchange of the best scientific ideas."

The delegation visited the most prestigious universities and research institutes in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Novosibirsk (including the Ioffe Institute, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian
Foundation for Basic Research, Moscow State University, Higher School of Economics, Novosibirsk State University and institutes of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Akademgorodok).

Professor Dingwell was accompanied by ERC Vice-President Professor Pavel Exner and by Russian ERC grant holder Professor Sergej Zilitinkevich, who holds both an ERC Advanced Grant and a Russian Megagrant.

Source: DG Research Newsletter Oct 2012