Funding Mechanisms
28 JANUARY 2021
13:00-17:00 (GMT+3)
What funding mechanisms are available and required to support the future pipeline of academic partnerships between UK and Russia?
Forum Topics
Insight into government strategies and priorities aimed at supporting and sustaining collaboration between Russia and UK in academic research
Practical tips and advice from leading UK and Russian funders for future applicants on how to put together a successful joint research proposal
Case studies from leading Russian and UK universities on best practice of approaching funders and pitching joint research projects
Joint UK-Russia research has a fieldwork citation index rating three times higher than the global
average – and higher than simply UK or Russian research done independently. However, given the funding environment, how can we increase bilateral funding to support this?

There were approximately 20,000 co-authored publications between Russian and UK academics in the 5 years up to 2019. The Nature Index found that more than half of Russian publication collaboration came from the physical sciences, followed by roughly a quarter in chemistry. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) have also created a funding partnership for the humanities.

In March, the UK Government announced a research and development road map, a commitment to increase spend of R&D to 2.4% of GDP by 2027, an increase of public funding to £22 billion, and in the Autumn latest spending review increased research budget by £740mln.

In Russia, the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, and Russian Science Foundation (RSF) remain the main funding bodies but how can we work better together to access funding for UK-Russia programmes? What other funding channels exist to allow early career researchers to collaborate?

The event will have 2 main focuses: a policy dialogue to discuss government strategies and joint priorities of UK and Russia in research and a practical session for early career researchers where foundations and institutions will share information about existing opportunities and some best case studies and tips for succeeding in preparing bids for funding
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Forum participants: International Centre for Innovations in Science, Technology and Education (ICISTE)
, NUST MISIS (Russia), Russian Academy of Science, Russian Science Foundation, Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Royal Society, Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of Bristol, Institutional Links project, Lancaster University, University of York
Speakers
Irina Kuklina
Professor, Executive Director, International Centre for Innovations in Science, Technology and Education (ICISTE)
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David Sweeney
Executive Chair, UK Research and Innovation
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Andrew Thompson
Professor, CBE, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and University of Oxford
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Sir Martyn Poliakoff
CBE FREng FRS, Fellow, Royal Society
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Sergey Malenko
Head of Department for International Cooperation, Russian Academy of Sciences
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Boris Zhelezov
Adviser to the Director of the Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation of the Director of the International Department, Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation read more
Yulia Krasilnikova
Head of R&D Information Department in the Office of Vice-Rector of Science and Innovation of NUST "MISIS"
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Nikita Sushentsev
MD, PhD Student and Gates Cambridge Scholar, Department of Radiology, University of Cambridge
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John Rarity
Professor, FRS, Professor of Optical Communication Systems, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering,
University of Bristol
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Timothy E.L. Douglas
MSc Meng, Engineering Department, Lancaster University
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Sergey Konovalov
International Relations, Russian Science Foundation
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Maria Baktysheva
Deputy Head of International relations department, Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)
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Alexander Usoltsev
Head of International relations department, Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)
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Kristine Zaidi
AHRC Associate Director of Programmes read more
Simon Kay
Head International Operations, Wellcome Trust read more
Bob Doherty
Professor of Marketing and Chair in Agrifood, The York Management School, University of York
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Anastasia Zadorina
Deputy Director for international S&T cooperation, International Centre for Innovations in Science, Technology and Education (ICISTE) read more
Programme
10:00 UK/13:00 Moscow - Welcome to the Forum

Moderator: Irina Kuklina

Professor, Executive Director, International Centre for Innovations in Science, Technology and Education (ICISTE)
10:10 UK/13:10 Moscow - Keynote speech

Speaker: David Sweeney

Executive Chair, UK Research and Innovation

10:25 UK/13:25 Moscow
Session 1: Strategic priorities in funding UK-Russia research programmes



Speakers: Andrew Thomson, Sir Martyn Poliakoff, Sergey Malenko, Boris Zhelezov

Professor Andrew Thompson, CBE, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and University of Oxford
Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FREng FRS, Fellow, Royal Society
Sergey Malenko, Head of Department for International Cooperation, Russian Academy of Sciences
Boris Zhelezov, Adviser to the Director of the Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation of the Director of the International Department, Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation
Q&A led by moderator

11:25 UK/14:25 Moscow
Session 2: Developing a research project and securing funds: sharing success stories from Russia and UK


Speakers: Yulia Krasilnikova, Nikita Sushentsev, John Rarity, Timothy E.L. Douglas

Yulia Krasilnikova, Head of R&D Information Department in the Office of Vice-Rector of Science and Innovation of NUST "MISIS"
Nikita Sushentsev, MD, PhD Student and Gates Cambridge Scholar, Department of Radiology, University of Cambridge
Professor John Rarity, FRS, Professor of Optical Communication Systems, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering,
University of Bristol
Dr Timothy E.L. Douglas MSc Meng, Engineering Department, Lancaster University

Q&A led by moderator

12:25 UK/15:25 Moscow
Session 3: Put it into practice: overview of existing open calls and practical tips and advice on bid-writing from funders


Speakers: Sergey Konovalov, Maria Baktysheva, Alexander Usoltsev, Kristine Zaidi, Simon Kay, Bob Doherty, Anastasia Zadorina

Sergey Konovalov, International Relations, Russian Science Foundation
Maria Baktysheva, Deputy Head of International relations department, and Alexander Usoltsev, Head of International relations department, Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)
Kristine Zaidi, AHRC Associate Director of Programmes
Simon Kay, Head International Operations, Wellcome Trust
Bob Doherty, Professor of Marketing and Chair in Agrifood, The York Management School, University of York
Anastasia Zadorina, Deputy Director for international S&T cooperation, International Centre for Innovations in Science, Technology and Education (ICISTE)

Q&A led by moderator

13.50/16:50 Moderator to round up the event
Organisers and Partners
Contacts
university.alliance2021@gmail.com