A New Initiative for Russian Science

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Science  29 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5368, pp. 1336-1337
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5368.1336

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U.S. organizations and the Russian government are launching an effort to reform Russian research and higher education by establishing centers of scientific excellence linking Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) institutes and universities. A pilot project to test this idea will begin this summer at the University of Nizhny Novgorod. Scientists from the RAS and the university will join forces in a center that will use scanning probe microscopy to explore the physics of nanostructures. If the experiment succeeds, Russian officials and U.S. organizations are hoping to launch a $60 million, 5-year initiative to create elite research centers--staffed with top academy and university scientists--at up to 15 universities throughout the country.