The decision to increase the number of awards to 33 and to improve the awarding procedures was made in February this year. „The number of awards to young scientists has been increased to 33. How many of them should be given per nomination can now be decided by a dedicated commission under the Moscow Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship,“ posted Moscow Mayor Seregy Sobyanin in his Twitter account.
During his recent lecture at the Higher School of Economics, he emphasized that in terms of science and education the capital of Russia performs on par with the world's mega cities. „We see a tremendous migration of human assets between the world's largest cities. And being one of them implies that Moscow doesn't compete with Tula, Yaroslavl, or Tver, but it competes with New York, London, and Paris. This is the mission of Moscow. To successfully compete for people and knowledge, we must create a unique environment that will be comfortable for living, working, and studying.”
According to Vice Mayor Natalia Sergunina, the Government of Moscow awards boost the prestige of sciences for youth. “Participation in the competition is not just a chance to get a cash prize, but also an opportunity to gain respect in the professional community. Our contestants and their projects are on the radar of the country's leading hi-tech companies,” said Sergunina.
She added that Moscow continues to shape its unique ecosystem to unlock the potential of the young generation. “The ecosystem is comprised of more than a thousand sites, including public and private business incubators, engineering centers, youth innovation and creativity centers, and shared resource centers. Today's young researchers and developers have access to 3.5 thousand units of modern equipment.”
An important trend of this year's competition is a larger share of applied solutions. For example, two of the awarded projects are designed to help combat cancer: one of them has a strategic importance in the development of new local drugs, the other helps accurately forecast the effectiveness of targeted cancer therapy.
A group of scientists from the Russian Research Institute of Aviation Materials has developed a promising technology of manufacturing welding assemblies from ovenproof nickel alloys. This technology is being adopted by Salut Gas Turbine Engineering Center in a new engine for the fifth-generation fighter aircraft T50.
The award winners in the nomination “Math, mechanics and informatics” from the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute found a new way of reducing the level of aircraft noise by modifying the wing design. The proposed method gained attention of two large aircraft manufacturers, Superjet and MC-21.
The project of young scientists from Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys is a step toward revolutionary power supply sources capable of working for decades. Such sources will ensure continuous operations of cardiac pacemakers and many other electronic devices.
“Moscow is a city of ideas and ambitious people. Firstly, this can be seen in the growing number of applications for the award. In 2016, we received 575 applications, one and a half times more than the year before. Secondly, it is confirmed by statistics. Moscow holds nearly a 20% share of all SMEs involved in R&D in Russia, as well as a 43% share of all invention patents in the country. In addition, 56.5% of technology export revenues are also generated by Moscow-based organizations,” recapped Natalia Sergunina.
The Government of Moscow awards to young scientists have been presented since 2013. The cash value of a single award has doubled from 500 thousand to one million rubles, while the number of awards has grown from eight to 33. Nearly two thousand young specialists have participated in the competition over four years.
All submissions are assessed by an expert board under the Moscow Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship. Based on the board's recommendations, the Award Commission determines the winners. The Commission is comprised of provosts of Moscow's leading universities, including the Bauman University, STANKIN, HSE, MEPhI, Gubkin Oil and Gas University. It also includes top managers of hi-tech companies, and representatives of Skolkovo Foundation.
Moscow Honors 65 Young Scientists
On March 1, Moscow Vice Mayor Natalia Sergunina presented young scientists with the Government of Moscow awards. The ceremony was held in the White Hall at Tverskaya 13. 33 projects and 65 scientists from 27 Moscow universities and research organizations were presented with certificates of achievement. In addition, each project will receive one million rubles as a cash award, making the total prize fund worth 33 million rubles.
05 июля 2017
03 июля 2017